Join Date: May 2003
Location: Deschutes, John Day, Grande Rhonde, Salmon Rivers
I'm one who doesn't tape. As Poppy noted above, am one of those who's developed the feel for when things start to slip. And more importantly, constantly checking my ferrules to make sure they're lined up and tight. As soon as I see the guides slipping and coming out of line, it's a check and tighten. Usually 2-3 times per day of fishing, regardless of weather.
the reason I don't is a false sense of security I feel I'd fall into with taping. have heard of one rod 'exploding' at the ferrule that was supposedly taped. Apparently not well. Another friend I'm helping with casting taped his rod, didn't check it through the 2 hours of casting practice, and when we went to tear down, found 3 of the 4 tape junctions 'failed'. i.e. the tape came loose.
regardless of what you do, I think continuing to check through the day is a good habitat to get into. Some times tape fails.......
Tie One On, and Tie Into One!!!