The guide-set layout that transfers line from a conventional casting reel to the underside of the rod is commonly known as a Spiral Wrap, Roberts Wrap or Acid Wrap. It was originally designed for the Saltwater Industry over 100 years ago but recently has been adapted and refined to make its mark in the Bass Fishing Industry. This superior style of wrap is accomplished by sequentially counter-rotating the first 3 “transition” guides in an offsetting fashion resulting in a complete 180deg “flip” of the line path to the bottom side of the blank, similar to a spinning rod.
The advantages of a Spiral Wrap casting rod are substantial:
First, by transferring the line path to the bottom of the rod you eliminate performance damaging “torque-twist” caused by traditional “straight-set” casting guides inherently causing the tip section of the blank to twist and torque over while under the strain of hook setting and battling big fish. This not only degrades the rod blank’s natural action and power but can lead to premature failure in the upper portion of the rod under such high-stress loads. This has become a costly engineering mistake for many traditional casting rod manufacturers, especially when using today’s more light-weight but delicate high-modulus carbon fiber composites.
Additionally, a Spiral wrapped rod utilizes fewer guides spaced farther apart which not only lightens up the tip but minimizes line friction by significantly reducing “line-rub and slap” against the blank. When engineered precisely, these refinements result in a more responsive, sensitive and well-balanced blank that will cast farther, perform better and last longer than any traditional casting rod.