Float 'n Tote
by James Castwell
'If it ain't broke, don't fix it.' How about,
'improve' it? I have seen the tube-type things
that strap onto the sides of a float-boat,
belly-boat and various PFD's. When I had the
opportunity to sell them at a local fly shop
several guys would tell me it looked like a
great idea and they were going home and make
one. They would return eventually and buy one.
Some things just never get done at home.
There is now an improvement. The 'Float n' Tote.'
How do you improve on a rod tube that straps on?
Make it adjustable, that's how; and this one is.
Fully. Three-hundred sixty degrees of rotation
which allows you to slant it low in front so you
can just lean back and troll, or point it backwards
with your spare rod well out of the way. (Ever catch
your vertically stored rod with the fly line while you
are casting?) It even has a velcro strap to secure
your rod while it's in the holder.
Al Roberts did the testing on this, and he was
very enthusatic about the improvements over his
old rod holder. Al always carries two rods when
fishing lakes. One for a sinking line, and the one
he is fishing. The old rod holder had no adjustments,
and the rod was held in a vertical position - a disaster
waiting for a line to hit it and break off the tip!
The 'Float 'n Tote' solves that
problem, and allows the angler to
adjust the rod to suit a variety of
uses. The whole thing is very well
designed and produced. The rod
holder is made of Delrin fastened
to a Delrin base by means of a
stainless steel bolt. A nylon strap
goes through covering the head of
the bolt. There is a strong buckle
on it to strap it onto your float tube.
More too. You can strap it around
your waist and use it while wading.
Great way to hold your rod while
re-rigging or just releasing a fish.
No more dropping your reel in the
drink and filling it with sand from
the water. Directions for use as a
hands-free personal rod holder are
Sometimes it takes a simple
idea to really work; this is
simple and it works. 'Float 'n
Tote,' at your dealers very
soon, if not, ask him to stock
them. You will be glad you
did. Reasonably priced for
such a quality product, ($35
to $40) it's made to use and
you will. ~ JC
Hook Set Innovations
205-329 North Road
Coquitlam, B.C. V3K 6Z8
Fax: (604) 421-0003
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