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Homemade Rod Leash

post #1 of 27
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I saw somewhere out there on the interweb that someone had made a rod leash out of an old cell phone charger cord. Anyone recall this article or know how it's done?

TIA!
post #2 of 27
There are a lot of site with kayak fishing ideas like that. Buy a coiled phone cord at Radio S. and cit to length, a bit short to account for stretch, and then whip the ends into loops. You can use hog rings or the like. Put a clip on it and you;re ready to go. I've also used the Mag lite neoprene ring with clip for holding the light. Slide it onto the rod and clip is ready to go. I use it as a paddle leash as well. Scott
post #3 of 27
I've seen:

Some folks use zip ties & melt the end
some whip the ends with old braid, superglue & then shrink wrap

some use large cross lock swivels for ends
some use custom velcro jobs


I use parachord & squareknots,

I like brass & custon velcro wrap & I really like the small SS hog rings idea shrink wrapped.
\\ maybe this winter I'll upgrade.
post #4 of 27
I use a static wrist strap tied to the seat the the wrist part around the paddle. its wrapped like a phone cord so it has some give then pulls back.

seems to work well.
post #5 of 27
The whole idea that started the birth of kayak fishing was to catch fish in a pure and simple way. Try getting rid of all the gadgets. You will find the less stuff you have with you the more you will concentrate on your technique and the habitat which surounds you. This is what results in more fish. And more pleasure in knowing you are a fisherman in the purest form.
post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by barrell
The whole idea that started the birth of kayak fishing was to catch fish in a pure and simple way. Try getting rid of all the gadgets. You will find the less stuff you have with you the more you will concentrate on your technique and the habitat which surounds you. This is what results in more fish. And more pleasure in knowing you are a fisherman in the purest form.

It's hard to fish if you lose your rods, though.
post #7 of 27
never forget the first time I leashed my rods. I was in R.B and a fast ferry was coming. Thought to myself, maybe I should "leash" my rods. Took some mono that I had for leaders, and quickly tied 6' +/- as a leash from the reel seat to the yak. Low and behold maybe 30 minutes later I dipped a little to far with the paddle to get some speed, and there went the starboard rod in the aft holder. Ever since then - all rods are leashed . Am I still keeping it simple, not in a burnt out canoe - but playing it smart; every way imaginable!
post #8 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by barrell
The whole idea that started the birth of kayak fishing was to catch fish in a pure and simple way. Try getting rid of all the gadgets. You will find the less stuff you have with you the more you will concentrate on your technique and the habitat which surounds you. This is what results in more fish. And more pleasure in knowing you are a fisherman in the purest form.



Wow!....that's some concept....so being low to the water, prone to wave action, in a tippy environment and spending a lot of time concentrating on where your equipment is will be pleasurable???



While I agree with the less is more idea, I often troll with the rod behind me....I'm not leaving my rod unleashed. I leave a leash long enough to grab and set the hook, then I unleash myself to have the rod in my hand. As the saying goes amongst yakkers...leash it or lose it. S
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by barrell
Try getting rid of all the gadgets.


second that..............

I posted other times I am down to some tackle in a tiny box and a rod.......then I fish...........plain,simple.

If I encounter nasty water I tuck the rod under bungee deck- likewise for trolling............

All that said, I take my yak fishing very........ Unserious ...........so, that is just my way
post #10 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by barrell
The whole idea that started the birth of kayak fishing was to catch fish in a pure and simple way. Try getting rid of all the gadgets. You will find the less stuff you have with you the more you will concentrate on your technique and the habitat which surounds you. This is what results in more fish. And more pleasure in knowing you are a fisherman in the purest form.
Believe me, my rig is about as spartan as it can be. All I have are rod holders, a new seat and me. I just want to have the added protection of not sacrificing my rod, reel and paddle to the Yak Gods, especially being a newbie at all this.
post #11 of 27
I use the old cell phone cords. The only other gadgets I really want is a handheld gps and a small marine radio.
post #12 of 27
Bungee Cord...loop on one end clip on the other. Loop around the reel seat (I fly fish only so improvise for other types) clip to kayak and fish. I use a small diameter bungee cord not to over kill the stretch.
post #13 of 27
after dropping new penn712z rod/reel $$$$$ you like it tie it down brother.

ya just never know bet the sand eel rackers found it
post #14 of 27
I cant figure out how you fish with a dog leash tied to your rod. I guess having the hobie and keeping the rod in my hand has spoiled me.
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by barrell
I cant figure out how you fish with a dog leash tied to your rod. I guess having the hobie and keeping the rod in my hand has spoiled me.





(bite lip....bite lip.....)
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