Sadly, these 3 rods had been spending their "off-days" hiding in rod tubes or socks, which is a shame because they're all kinda pretty. At least as far as fishing rods go. I had wanted to purchase a rack to store/display them, but they don't really fit in "normal" fishing rod racks. By nature, when collapsed, tenkara rods are kinda short.
I had sketched a simple rod rack I thought I'd make from a piece of wood. Just drill some largish holes in the top and slide the rods in upside down. Sure, I'd need the rod caps to do this (or else the upside down rods would want to telescope out per gravity's request), but since I had them I didn't think it would be such a big deal.
Posting that drawing over at Tenkara-Fisher, Daniel from Tenkara USA suggested looking into a billiard cue rack. Thinking this would make sense, and not really looking to reinvent the wheel (thanks Daniel!), I went that route instead.
And here are the results:
|Sportcraft Billiard Cue Rack from the land of W.|
|View from above|
The only real drawback I've found is that there is no way to store the rods if you want to keep your line attached to a spool. The rack is just not deep enough to accommodate the spool resting on the upper grip. Perhaps if you prefer the EZ-Keeper method of line storage, it may work. I don't, so I couldn't test it to find out.
Instead, I'm going to get some small screw-in hooks to mount on the bottom of the lower bracket to hold my line spools...you know...something like this.
In the future, I may look into getting an inexpensive shelf like below to replace the lower bracket all together, as well as store the spools, line, perhaps a fly box - while still using the upper bracket to keep the rods standing upright.
|I know it's a spice shelf, for example purposes only|
However for now, this under $10 setup works fine, and thought it might be something my tenkara toting friends may have interest in.
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