I just submitted another review about this rod. I use these rods in the most harshest saltwaters in the South Pacific. Thereby, you should know: with time (5-10 yrs), the fuji guides will rust where the guide is wrapped onto the rod. Idaho, will not be an issue and I believe with fresh water exposure the guides may never rust. However, this would NOT stop me from buying this rod again. Its a butt kicking, fishing whipping rod. I have several. To answer your ?, the rods I have work just fine (looks like painted black guides vs stainless steel) with braided lines. Hope this helps.
I use mono line on this rod and even that is wearing down the guides. I would replace the tip top with a Fuji Hardloy.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago