These line clips hold your line while your other hand holds your beer.
Tenkara's beautiful simplicity can get frustrating real quick when you're struggling to get your line unsnagged from that tree while wading from hole to hole. Pack your loaded rod easily with Wetfly Tenkara Line Clips, and the only thing you'll struggle with is hauling in that monster brown from your secret spot. Made to fit any tenkara rod, this kit includes two line clips and two sets of o-rings for quick and easy installation.
- Two line clips
- Two sets of o-rings
- Fits any tenkara rod
- Q & A
Move along, down river
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Quick to install and quick to use. No more having to break everything down simply to walk upstream.
Not for everybody.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I gave them a two stars since the topic of line keepers on tenkara rods is pretty subjective, otherwise these are easily a one for me. Personally I would give this concept a 5, but in practice a 3, and I subtracted one more star for this particular design with the removable spools that hold the o-rings.
First and foremost the keepers never felt secure to the rod using the included o-rings. I always felt like they would give way any minute and pop off. To make matters worse the little black spools that hold the o-ring are able to be popped off the keepers with minor tension from the sides. I'm not sure why they were made to be popped off in the first place since it is not needed to remove the o-rings. They have even popped off when trying to remove the o-ring and adjust the keepers, flying aimlessly across the floor. I am surprised I have not lost one yet.
Second, when attempting to wrap the line around the keepers securely, the tension from the line pulls the keepers towards each other, thus loosening the wrap making the line subject to falling off. This can cause nasty tangles in even the most tangle resistant furled leaders.
Speaking of line falling off, if you are not careful the wrapped line is very easily pulled from the keepers by brush and branches. If you fish on small forest creeks as I do, this is a very common encounter. I lost the kebari I caught my first trout on using a tenkara rod this way, which I planned on retiring when I returned home. The line pulled from the keepers whilst walking and the way I found out was hearing the *SNAP* of the tippet breaking with the kebari attached as the line tangled in some branches and my pack (which the rod was secured in) in just the right way to break the tippet.
In theory these are a great idea, especially where I fish. You are often moving and skipping large sections of creek that are either difficult to cast into or fish are not holding in due to low water levels. You cannot keep the rod extended and the line unraveled as you move because the brush is too thick. Having an easy way to secure your line and remove again quickly is beneficial to keeping your line wet as much as possible.
For now I will continue using spools which may not be fast and convenient, but keep my flies and line completely secure while on the move, without creating tangles and line kinks.
GOAT IS GOOD
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
One of the beauty of tenkara is being able to quickly break down your rod to something tiny to bushwack and/or fast hike to the next spot (or back to camp/car if you stayed out a little longer than you should have!). And you don’t have a reel seat and hook keeper as you do on your Sage or Loomis fly rod that will hold your rig as you pick your way between trees and bushes. My Tenkara rods didn’t come with these little gems—get them mounted to the bottom piece (handle section) of your tenkara rod and when you break down your rod, run your leader and around these. For one of my rods, I had to buy some different size o-rings from the hardware store to mount the clips and I bought several other o-rings so they are on the shaft between the clips. I move those latter o-rings around as needed to hold rigged flies or the leader/tippet end as I move to the next fishing spot. When you get there, unclip the line (the line clips ‘roll over’ to release the line), extend your rod and you’re fishing again. No broken rod tip, no donated flies or broken leader to snagged bushes or trees on the way and you moved much more quickly. Your fly fishing friends with their conventional fly rods will be jealous.