No More Broken Fly Rods with Fly Rod Saver
We've all put our fly rod down on the ground or leant it against something only to watch it fall over anyway. How many of you have stepped on your rod and broken it or at least had a near miss or scratched it on rocks perhaps? The new Fly Rod Saver is a great solution to these problems.
You’ve probably invested a considerable amount of money in your fly rod and reel, which is why you’ll find Fly Rod Saver an invaluable piece of equipment. Rather than laying your rod on the ground where it can easily be broken, Fly Rod Saver will keep your expensive fly rod upright and safe from clumsy feet, as well as preventing dirt and stones from scratching your rod’s finish and damaging your reel.
Most of us like to travel light when fishing but this device weighs under 2 ounces so you won't even know you're carrying it. Tackling up is made easier as it frees up both hands and it's perfect for people who like to carry two rods. Fish with one, while the other stays safe and ready to use.
The product is made of high density polypropylene and will withstand many years of use in the field. The clip has been designed to hold your rod safe even in strong winds and the spike will penetrate most surfaces. Using the device couldn’t be easier. Simply place the butt of your rod into the bowl and place the rod handle against the clip opening, gently but firmly rotate the rod as you push the rod into place.
Click on the Play button to below to watch a short video clip of the Fly Rod Saver in action.
As far as I'm concerned it doesn't make sense to place valuable fly fishing gear on the ground, it's all too easy to step on your rod and snap the tip. That's exactly what happened to me and what led to me coming up with the idea for Fly Rod Saver.
It was back in 1999 I was fishing on the River Test in the UK, and I put my fly rod on the ground while selecting a fly. Like a fool I stepped back and heard a crack. I’d snapped the tip off my rod, worse than that was I didn’t have a spare rod with me and so I had to drive home (over 3 hours away) and my long awaited fishing trip was ruined.
It was on this drive home that I thought what if you could get a bank stand? Seemed obvious but nothing was available. But like most of us when we come up with an idea for a new product or invention, the idea stayed in my head. Five years later I went on a fishing trip with my 3 sons. We were camping near Gisborne in New Zealand and were fishing the Waioeke River. This time I brought a few spare rods. We camped in a really remote spot but there were bullocks in an adjoining field. Our tents were placed close to the fence, so we could dry clothes. In New Zealand people tend to wade in boots and shorts in summer, rather than waders. On the first night after fishing all day I was looking for a place to put my rod. The fence seemed the obvious place and I leaned my rod against the wire. Unaware that the wire was carrying an electric current to keep the bullocks in check. Well as I was wearing boots full of water from wading in the river, the electric shock was horrendous. My sons thought it was hilarious as I did the dance of fear, shrieking with pain. Once again I thought of my idea for a fly rod bank stand, but did nothing with it until 2010 when I promised myself I would get it into production no matter what.
Coming up with ideas is the easy part! Getting a product made and into production is much harder than I thought. Still I'm very pleased with how its turned out and I know that people who use Fly Rod Saver regard it as a invaluable piece of kit. Funny thing is, many of the people who have bought the device have admitted to stepping on and damaging their fly rods. It's a bit like backing up the data on your computer. Most of us don't do it but once you've lost important files, you become a back up fanatic.