Showing posts from July, 2015

DIY Storage Solution For BIG Tenkara Rods

A few years back I wrote a Tenkara Tuesday post about re-purposing an inexpensive pool cue rack that is commonly found at Walmart for storing and displaying tenkara rods. It was a very well received post, and I know more than a few people that have purchased billiards racks for their homes since.

Well, I recently purchased a WISCO rod from Badger Tenkara. Supersized for big fish, the WISCO has a very prominent handle when compared to most "normal" tenkara rods and wouldn't fit in my rod racks (as currently screwed in the wall).

What to do? Keep it in it's rod tube? Prop it in the corner of the room? Nah...
A quick trip to the local hardware store yielded this 3-pack of wall clips (intended to hold items like brooms or rakes by their handles) for about $3.

With an easy one screw installation...

...crisis averted...a walled WISCO!

Sure, it might not be quite as elegant as the wooden wall rack to the left, but it keeps the rod alongside its smaller brothers and sisters,…

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ICAST / IFTD 2015 - BesT! In Show

Okay, okay, okay...last post of the week...and hopefully I saved the best for last.

Now of all the products I saw at the show...aisle after aisle after aisle...after all was said and done...there were only three items that I could honestly look in the mirror and say "Mike, the odds are pretty strong you're going to buy one of these over the next year."

Sure, you can talk (or write) about all the cool stuff ad nauseam (sort of like I did this week)...but a real vote of confidence only comes with your wallet. One of those items is most likely going to be the L.L. Bean River Tread Pro wading boots highlighted in Monday's post, however the other two items resided in the same I'm just going to name the booth the winner...


So I don't even know if all of the items I looked at in the Kast Gearbooth were "new for 2016" or not, I actually don't think they are, because they're all available now...but you know how thi…

ICAST / IFTD 2015 - Rods, Reels, & Randomness

Image tired of these yet...?
Don't worry, ICAST / IFTD week is almost over.

In today's installment, I'm just going to post a bunch of pictures of pretty much anything and everything I haven't posted yet. Things that caught my eye for one reason or another. Some of it will be fly (fishing), some of it will not. Welcome to Rods, Reels, & Randomness!


Kicking it off, that crazy Derek DeYoung went and painted a perfectly good tarpon to look like a brown trout. So not only has his art adorned fly boxes, reels, apparel, mugs, and rod tubes, but now it's on the fish themselves!!! Make a mental note, you'll see a lot of Derek's work in this post...


Diamondback rods are back. They had a few new models at the show, but I gotta be honest, nothing was quite as wild as these Clout models with the "LINK GRIP" cork handles which are supposed to improve sensitivity and reduce fatigue. What do you think about these??? MSRP $425