A friend of mine, now a full grown man, as a boy on a trip with his Dad fell into the Madison River and lost his rod. Years later fishing the same stretch of river, saw a straight line on the bottom, picked it up and it was his old rod in refurbishable condition too.
I've thought about this when getting the kids out in the canoe. I incorporate bright colored foam in the lanyards I've made, but I don't think any of them have enough to float all the gear on them. My thought has always been that the foam pads the cord on the back of the neck, and make it easier to find floating up off the bottom.
I used those floats for my fly rods but not as floats. I would put those on my rod and wrap a velcro strap around it to hold the rod to the hand rail around the console of my boat. The foam float kept the rod from touching the metal rail
Bought them. Pretty close to the ones posted. They are super light and, that close to the hand, air resistance is not an issue. The are almost unnoticeable. Really. When you go upside down in a kayak .. you notice them .. in a good way!
I bought some very similar from bass pro recently to use on my pontoon as the anxiety of losing a rod to the lake bottom was bugging me. Tested them out and will float any of my rods including a 7wt with heavy reel. And for the type of casting normally utilized pontoon fishing they don’t bother me much if at all.
All you guys are more on it than I am.....
Dropped a Sage x 6wt and new Galvan reel overboard yesterday.
Watched it sink for 0.25 sec. Still have my jugglers reflexes......
But I had to sit down and let my heart return to resting rate.
A float on a leash appeals to me now...