Great advice! I’ll be on an 18’ so I’ve been leaning 23 as you indicated.Stiffy guide, I use a 21 down there and would rather have a 23. 18' skiff. If you are fishing shallow water only and have a low poling platform a 21 is fine, but there have been several times I wanted a 23.
Really liked my previous CM GL3 too. But when it broke I went back to a Stiffy Hybrid for cost/durability. Considering a MHX but the OP said he was new to poling and the Hybrid is more forgiving than all carbon fiber. And for the record, never had an issue with either of my two Hybrids shedding.I replaced a Stiffy Hybrid with a Carbon Marine GL3. Much lighter, better, than the Stiffy Hybrid. I also have an 18' skiff and went with a 21 footer. A couple more feet couldn't hurt either.