I'm not sure I understand your question. Your saying that when you put the 2end piece in that the first guide does not line up, but all the other guides do? So… to make sure I understand, if I was to take the second piece and align the first guide with the last guide on the first piece that the other entire guides would be off? Then no, this is not normal. All your guides should line up with each other. I would take it back it I were you.dryfly said:I purchased a four piece fly rod and noticed that at the beginning of the second piece the guide isn't exactly lined up directly with all the others, but is slightly off. Is this normal?
That's not exactly true, many manufacturers/builders will offset the stripping guide one way or another, usually to the left, I know I do. It makes the angle less acute when stripping. I have noticed a bit of difference in rods that I built with a pretty good offset.All your guides should line up with each other.