We've all had to deal with bundling our rods up for a trip, jumping on a buddy's boat, or hoof it to our favorite spot on the bank. Here are some products to help you travel with ease. From worst to best, check out the pros and cons of these 4 methods.
#4 Izorline Velcro Grip Straps - $3.99 - 1 Small and 1 Large Per Pack
Cons: They just don't keep the rods together snug enough. We pulled them as tight as possible but because there is not elasticity to them, they loosen quickly causing the rods to bang together. These were by far the most difficult to put on, one hand is trying to hold the rods while the other hand is wrapping the strap. The velcro strap has to end up close to the right spot for the hook and loop to grab, not always and easy proposition.
#3 Plain Rubber Bands - < $.01
Pros: By far the cheapest of the bunch and the easiest to come by. They hold the rods together tightly as long as they aren't the very thin kind. They are easy to put on using one of your rod guides to start and stop the wrapping.
Cons: They are very easy to lose since they blend in with the surroundings given their light color. They will not last in the elements and will break if you put too much pressure on them. They are good in a pinch but not the best way to keep things organized.
Cons: It's a little difficult to hold the rods while you go around several times with the strap. They are a little bulky and can weigh the tip down if it's a light action rod or ultralight trout rod. Over time velcro tends to decline in it's holding power as the fabric breaks down.
Pros: The rod bungee is by far the easiest way to keep rods from escaping on you. There are 2 sizes to fit your rod quiver with the small ones being great for the tip of the rod or if you're carrying less than 3 rods. The medium size is the all around best which can be used for tips or butts and up to 8 rods. They not only hold them together but they hold them the tightest of the ones we tested. They are extremely durable and weather resistant. I've had a pair in the back of my truck for over 3 years with very little wear.
Cons: We can't find anything negative, these are our staff and customer's top pick.
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The Oxblood and Morning Dawn patterns are working better in the stained water or mud lines, and I switch to the more translucent colors like Neptune Shad, Watermelon Candy and Purple Smoke in the clearer areas. Netting Shad for bait remains difficult as the falling water is keeping them off the bank for now. Hopefully they will come shallow when the lake stabilizes in a month or two.