Standard Stone Stripping Guides


Now With Hydro-Welded™ Frames!


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I understand that Natural Stone & Agatine Guides are custom crafted to order and all sales of these products are final.

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Product Description

Natural Stone Stripping Guides


Here Is A Hydro-Welded Heavy Duty “Guide” Weight Frame – Blued – Featuring An Asymmetrical Purple Banded Agate.


History, Authenticity, Flawless Function.  Framed & bezelled in nickel silver, these guides are a classic class act!  8mm, 9mm, 10mm, 11mm, & 12mm Outside Diameters.  Combining our incredible range of colors and sizes in this category, these guides comprise our most-ordered group of guides; we sell more of these than any other four groups of our other guides combined.  Yes, these are our ‘standard’ polished stone guide, but we offer one heck of a lot of non-standard colors and non-standard stones along with the usual Red Agate and ROY (Red/Orange/Yellow) Banded Agate.  When paired with our second generation Hydro-Welded™  Frames, these guides set the standard.

This Is A 10mm Brown Banded Agate With A Subtle Banding Pattern – Set In A Hydro-Welded Standard Frame.

Note: December 2020 – We are now offering these guides exclusively with our Standard Hydro-Welded Frames.  While many guides pictures on this page show our first generation frames, we’ve been making and photographing guides with the new, second generation Hydro-Welded™ Frames and these are being added to the gallery.  How to tell the difference from a picture?  The second generation frames are noticeably “crisper” and have more sharply defined apexes at the tip of the wings where the frame grips the bezelled stone ring.

Stone color options vary by size.  Check the drop down lists to see what’s currently available.

Finish Finish Options:

  • Bright
  • Blued
  • Bronzed

Bear in mind, the precious silver seam resists oxidation and is visible as a contrasting line down the center of each foot if you opt for the blued finish; it is more apparent in Heavy Duty frames than in regular wire Standard frames.  This is an artifact of process that testifies to the superior quality of our second generation frames.

The Precious Silver Weld Seam Is More Prominent On Our Heavy Duty “Guide” Weight Frames.


Frame Style Options:

  • Standard Frame (regular wire weight) – the ideal balance of strength and light weight.
  • Heavy Duty “Guide” Frame (one wire weight up…bold, distinctive, incredibly strong, and ideal for hard daily use by guides and other full-time anglers) – modest up-charge.


Heavy Duty Frame On Left; Regular Wire Frame On Right. This Pair Of Frames Is For Our 12mm Guides And They Have Slightly Longer Feet To Balance The Large Rings.


What Size Do You Need?

Size selection is a personal choice and there are no hard and fast rules.  This chart is a rough guide, intended primarily for traditionalist bamboo rodmakers who expect their rods to be cast with modern synthetic lines.

8mm:   1 wt. – 3 wt.

9mm:   3 wt. – 4 wt.

10mm:   4 wt. – 5 wt.  – This is our most popular size, by far.

11mm:   6 wt – 7 wt.

12mm:   7 wt. +

Please Note:  Based on our sales and lots of email discussions, glass and graphite rod builders tend to up-size by at least one size, e.g. they might choose an 11mm or even a 12mm stripping guide for a 5 weight fly rod.  That said, I personally prefer the “smaller” guides – based on the chart above – that balance out with a traditional ‘bamboo’ aesthetic, even when building rods on synthetic blanks.  Lots of folks disagree, and we all make nice tackle.  Make rods that suit your eye and/or your client’s eye.  Any maker who intends the rod to be used EXCLUSIVELY with naturally smaller diameter silk lines, might want to down-size by one size, e.g., they might choose an 8mm guide for use with a 4 weight silk line.



Want to know more about our new frames?

Hydro-Welded Guide Frames – Production Notes

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Hydro-Welded Guides


Made in the USA

Standard Stripping Guides are also available in our Fresh-Cut Agatine series…track ’em down!




Additional information


8mm, 9mm, 10mm, 11mm, 12mm


Black & White Jasper, Black Banded, Black Onyx, Blue Agate, Blue Banded, Brown Banded Agate, Bull's Blood, Deep Pink Banded, Espresso Bean, Lemon Banded, Moss Agate – Dark, Moss Agate – Light, Natural Agate (white, gray, clear banded), Okapi Agate, Orange Banded, Purple Banded Agate, Red Jasper, ROY Agate Banded (Leans Orange), ROY Agate Banded (Leans Red), ROY Agate Banded (Leans Yellow), ROY Agate Natural (Leans Orange), ROY Agate Natural (Leans Red), ROY Agate Natural (Leans Yellow), Teal Green Agate, White Jade, Yellow Agate

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