Re: Spiral wrapped rods.
I was involved with a rod casting test where we compared different guide styles built on the same blanks, 9' Baston Rainshadows.
Bottom line - The spiral style is a terrible casting setup, by far the worst of the bunch (Standard conventional, Fuji Concept, Dual purpose lowrider, and acid) but for a boat application where you're simply dropping the bait down it's a great way to go. It removes the twisting sideways torque a standard guide set places on the blank and on your wrists and makes fighting the fish easier on you and the rod.
Slightly off topic -
Using spinning reels, Dual purpose lowrider scored the longest distances by quite a bit. Conventional was a tie between standard conventional and lowrider - It was quite the epiphany moment
I build all my surf rods dual purpose lowrider now
"I just wanta play everyday despite small nagging injuries --
and go home to a woman who appreciates how full of crap I truly am"..... Crash Davis