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Re: [jmach] My New Creek Comany ODC 420 with mods In reply to
That might be worth looking into, or I may try making my own. I probably should do something just in case.


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I spin fish and bait fish for trout from my Scadden Renegade. I usually fish with 3 high quality and expensive St. Croix rods, and I don't want to lose them overboard. I don't like to tether rods, so I use an inexpensive, but effective commercial called the Blakemore Rod Floater. It's extremely light, and easy to put on the rod and take off. It will save my rods if my Renegade springs a leak and I can't make it back to shore.

P.S. I sure love the Renegade. It's light weight, quick to set up, comfortable, fast on the water with oars, and responds well to my fin kicks when I anchor and turn it in the wind.

The BlakeMore might interfere on some rods where the line comes in too close to the rod, so that the reel line touches the float when casting, or working a fish. BM wouldn't stay put on my rod shaft, (rattling back and forth when casting), until I added a spacer to take up rod slack, and taped it down. Whichever way you do it, make sure you test to see there is enough buoyancy. You can tape some weight equivalent to the reel weight to the rod handle, if you don't want to let the reel workings get submerged in the test. Allow for some extra weight if you are a bait fisherman and use heavy lead sinkers.

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Re: [pontoonman] My New Creek Comany ODC 420 with mods In reply to
Good advice, Pontoonman. Blakemore makes a 6 inch and an 8 inch rod floater. For trout, I usually an 1/8 ounce weight. I have had no problem with the line interfering with the 6 inch rod float. But maybe with stouter rods and 8 inch Blakemores, there could be a problem. So your reply is helpful.
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Re: [jmach] My New Creek Comany ODC 420 with mods In reply to
Yeah, my brother tried that. Amazing how heavy sinking fly line is.Frown

I am comfortable with the Scotty system. You put the rod holders in the Y and turn them 90 degree so they cannot come out. Then they have nice rubber straps over the rod and reel to keep them secure.
I put a leash on the T. SHOULD I spring a leak. I grab the lease and T and pull all the rods with me.
I don't cast with a tether on, it is a obstruction.



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Yeah, my brother tried that. Amazing how heavy sinking fly line is.Frown

I am comfortable with the Scotty system. You put the rod holders in the Y and turn them 90 degree so they cannot come out. Then they have nice rubber straps over the rod and reel to keep them secure.
I put a leash on the T. SHOULD I spring a leak. I grab the lease and T and pull all the rods with me.
I don't cast with a tether on, it is a obstruction.

Hi, FG.

The float system has save me on at least 50 occasions in the last 5 years due to dropping, rolling over into water, etc. when you count the times of guest mishaps. Sometimes I wonder if anything would help with a serious leak. If the partially inflated boat is still floating (unlikely with a heavy battery/motor) how are the rods/equipment saved? Seems like equipment would float away or dangle below (tangling the swimmer) if the holders don't remain erect on deflation should one swim and push the partially inflated craft to shore. Maybe worse if you have to abandon craft, as towing equipment while swimming with waders would be difficult, assuming no one else comes to help in time...
I have thought maybe a marker float like they use for keys, would be the way to go......

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Re: [pontoonman] My New Creek Comany ODC 420 with mods In reply to
True enough the rods would sink with the craft, but they would be WITH the craft, not floating separately around.
OR, with my life jacket on, I grab the T with the rods attached and swim while pulling them to shore. However the T is on my flat boat which is a single bladder and I suspect like a piece of paper will float okay for awhile.
Now the 14lb boat I do secure a leash to each rod and only pack two. I do limit the money I take out to the crafts capability.
With $2400+ worth of gear, I would find a diver.Wink



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