I am working on my OTI 7'6" 80# rod and was curious about the stripper guide placement. I am using a MNSG 40 flipped so the single leg is towards the reel. At 24" from the front of the reel seat (10" foregrip, 1/2" winding check before the reel seat), I was getting a good amount of line slap. I have it now at 28 or 29" and it casts much nicer! I am using a Saragosa 18000 with Daiwa Metered 80# line (use the reel for jigging, too!). I used an Albierto knot to tie on 80# seaguar fluoro, but will be using the Pamet wind ons when I really fish. How far from the reel seat do you guys have that first guide? It just seems odd to have it that far away from the reel, but this is my first popping rod. I gotta do more testing since I am standing in the street, casting across my yard and getting caught up in trees 60 yds away with a 4 3/8oz popper! I am using a 40-25-16-12-12-12-12 12tip top for my guides, all MNSG's.