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Hobie Kayak Leash looks like the best option out there.  At $20, it seems like a no brainer for our expensive bass rigs.

 

 

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When people bring up not wanting to spend money on tethers saying "oh well i always have it in my hand or in reach" I just think why not spend the $20 bill and save several hundred, rather than kick yourself if you capsize or have a mishap. It must take a certain mindset to be that way 🤦‍♂️.

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Even though I'm in a canoe with stabilizers to prevent capsizing - I invested in tethers for my rods, tackle bags and what-not. Better safe than sorry.

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I hate leashes. But they have saved me a few thousand dollars. I only leash my rods when I am on the ocean and the rods are in a rod holder. And I made a dozen of them for about $20 using 550 cord. 

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I fish a lot on standing on my kayak so i Id rather get  those float attachments. 

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A must have IMO.

 

I used to think it wouldn't happen to me, until it did. A $200 setup slipped right out of my hands. Luckily I was able to retrieve it but I ordered some leashes right after that trip.

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Must have in my opinion.  Even though the rigs I use in my yak are older model stuff, I still don't want to lose them in the bottom of the lake!  I thought it would not be a problem, until I lost one.  I usually bring 3 set ups with me, the 2 that I am not using are leashed.  I don't leash the one I am using, should I?

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58 minutes ago, Tizi said:

Must have in my opinion.  Even though the rigs I use in my yak are older model stuff, I still don't want to lose them in the bottom of the lake!  I thought it would not be a problem, until I lost one.  I usually bring 3 set ups with me, the 2 that I am not using are leashed.  I don't leash the one I am using, should I?

Yes, I learned the hard way.

 

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7 hours ago, J Francho said:

Hobie Kayak Leash looks like the best option out there.  At $20, it seems like a no brainer for our expensive bass rigs.

 

 

Been there, done that, donated a $350 outfit to Davey Jones chest. After that I acquired several Hobie rod leashes.

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I agree, rod leashes are a must. But you don’t need to spend $20 on em, either 😂

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2 minutes ago, Smalls said:

I agree, rod leashes are a must. But you don’t need to spend $20 on em, either 😂

Definitely not. Got a set of 12 for $10 on Amazon. They seem to be enough to keep me from losing things haphazardly, though I might upgrade them over the course of time for more durable ones.

 

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2 hours ago, MN Fisher said:

Definitely not. Got a set of 12 for $10 on Amazon. They seem to be enough to keep me from losing things haphazardly, though I might upgrade them over the course of time for more durable ones.

 

 

Even the Yak Gear ones are cheaper at 3 for $12. And I can’t imagine them breaking for any reason

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Lost 1 rod ever , when fishing out of my bass hunter. It was a nice quantam casting outfit. Got back to the dock before I realized it was gone. At least I know what lake it's in :P .

 

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I'll pass on the rod tethers myself.  Maybe if i fished ocean or something i would use them but for me, i'll pass on having another thing to get in my way or get tangled in should i flip.  

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Yep,Plenty of options other than Hobie

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How do the leashes with a D clamp and split ring work?

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For me...

 

Rods: I'll be installing eye-screws into the butt end of the rods and other eye-screws to the panel the rod-holders will be mounted to. The split rings go on the panel screws, the D-Ring clips to the rod ends. When I pull a rod, unclip, then clip to another leash that's attached to my PFD.

 

 

Other gear: Eye-screws in various places with the D-Ring clipped to the tool/bag.

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I rather tether them in when not In use and hold the one i am fishing.  If I'm on the move or trawling then a leash would be warranted.  How you fish has a big impact on what system is needed.  Any rod not in use should be restrained some way.

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22 hours ago, J Francho said:

How do the leashes with a D clamp and split ring work?

I wondered that as well. I use the D clap and split rings on my pliers and scissors.

 

Don't like the idea of modifying my rods in any way.

21 hours ago, Angry John said:

I rather tether them in when not In use and hold the one i am fishing.  If I'm on the move or trawling then a leash would be warranted.  How you fish has a big impact on what system is needed.  Any rod not in use should be restrained some way.

The one I was holding was the one I lost :sad-021:

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I just lost my first rod ever fishing down in Louisiana.  Was one of my more expensive ones too.

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Not putting screw eyes into my rods.

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I'm definitely not attaching screw in eyelets either.  I'm just using a small piece of copper pipe insulation on the rods that are idle in the kayak and taking it off the one I'm using; or if a spilt grip which I mostly use, just a small piece at the end split.

No tether for me on my rods or paddle.  I think a global moderator on this site(can't remember who), warned about the possibility of getting tangled up in tethers in the event of a flip over.

If someone likes the idea of a tether; then the Hobie product or something similar should work for you, so go for it.

 

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you could clip the ring to the reel.

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On 4/6/2019 at 8:26 AM, flyfisher said:

I'll pass on the rod tethers myself.  Maybe if i fished ocean or something i would use them but for me, i'll pass on having another thing to get in my way or get tangled in should i flip.  

That was my reaction when I read this thread the other day.  Never lost a rod... even when I flipped once, in the Shenandoah.  

   Coincidentally,  yesterday,  I snagged one of my favored combos on the backswing with a crankbait.  (New yak this year....I never had rod holders angled out before.) 

Tossed the rod right in the drink....somehow, I was able to reach over and grab the tip as it was going down, in apparent slow motion.

I may have to rethink my position on leashes (that was very nearly a $350 mistake)....or maybe just avoid using the 'outrigger' holders....or most likely,  be more careful. 

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