I have only one rod with single foot guides (trout rod) and have never fished a two hander with singles so I still have some work to do but here is my question. If single foot guides are so much better why are not more rod companies using them? I can remember seeing the first single 15 + years ago. The only rod company that was using them was Loomis they were building mostly spinning rods and I always thought that was the driver force behind the use. I grew up with the under standing that snake guides were designed to dampen the vibration of the thicker line used in fly fishing. When casting a fly line the line goes through the guides in a circular vibration. As the line passes through the guide the guide acts as a funnel. As the line nears the tip the guides get smaller reducing the vibration even more. This straightens out the line so there is less friction. Less friction longer casts. The stripping guide was added because of the extra friction added to the guide when stripping the line in. The stripping guide impedes the cast but is necessary to dissipate the heat (friction) created by stripping not by casting. They add more on big game rods to dissipate heat created by long hard runs. Each stripping guide added effects the cast but there has to be a balance to keep guide wear to a minimum. With a single foot guide you only get ½ the design of a snake guide. This may or may not have an impact on line dampening. The rod that I have seems to do fine shooting running line but tends to stack up when casting the belly. I guess I am a traditionalist when it comes to fly casting. I use fly lines to get it done, not some glorified weight to jack out a bunch of mono. If you look at Dec’s new Echo’s they have snake guides. There must be a good reason why all of the top rods still have snake guides.