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I have a penn powerstix pro bass, and only having used the rod twice so far, havent decided if its going to be a fave, but my question is, how can a rod be successfully rung for both types of reel - my beachaster has only about 5 rings, but the penn has 8 or 9 - cant remember without looking - does this not cause casting problems for a fixed spool reel regarding friction and/or line twist?
 

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The main difference on a rod rung for fixed spool use is the bottom ring which is larger to cope with the line coming off the reel in loops rather than a direct feed. Also the rings are closer together on a rod rung for multiplier so as to prevent the line from touching the blank when flexing. There will be a small reduction in casting distance when using a fixed spool reel on a rod rung for multiplier due to the smaller bottom ring and more guides, but one rung for both will have a slightly larger bottom ring to cope with the loops of line from a fixed spool.
 
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