Jeepers FishforPot, sounds like you may need a new rod AND reel especially if you need to wrap your guides with insulation tape and cut a hole out???? And a bungee to make your reel work the way it should….WTF???
You mention a person may disadvantage themselves in terms of distance if not using a free spool. There are in fact extremely good fixed spool reels you could do well to research.
First and foremost would be my choice, a Daiwa Emblem Pro and after that if you find it too expensive, the lesser priced similar design Daiwa Emcast.
Check out this spec:
“Emblem’s huge diameter spool was designed for maximum casting distance and superior drag performance.
Complete with spare aluminum spool and Daiwa’s CRBB ball bearing, it offers a tremendous value.
Emblem® Pro Features:
Seven ball and roller bearings, including Daiwa’s CRBB super corrosion resistant ball bearing
One-Touch folding handle
Free spare aluminum spool
Ultra-tough Dura-Aluminum drive gear
Stainless steel main shaft
Precision, worm-shaft levelwind cross-wraps line evenly on spool
Twist Buster® line twist reduction “
Check out the reverse taper design of the spool (where the line is stored) how it is wider at the front than at the base of the spool. This allows the line to “shoot” off the spool presenting more line with less friction.
I personally added 50m onto my first attempt on my old rod, then upgraded the rod to a Kilwell Power Play which is yet another story.
[b:ya4h96wx]In short, you get what you pay for [/b:ya4h96wx]and there is no sign of drilled out insulation tape guides on my rods and no need for bungees to hold the bailarm back when casting, the Emblem does all that itself.
For the record, the first guide nearest the reel is a “choking” guide, designed to reduce the coils of line flowing off the front of your reel. It is always a good idea to compare the reel diameter at the front of the spool against the position of and size of the choking guide. This guide flattens the line to shoot through the other guides which are stategically placed to carry the line continually through the arc of the rod which can vary from one rod to the next and so on.
Listen to specialist casters like “yeahnah” and you will be enlightened and your cast improved just for trying a tip or two.
This guy CAN cast regular distances well over 200metres and doesn’t use insulation tape either.