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Tenkara DIY

Tenkara Line Winders

Posted by Tenkara Flyfish on April 11, 2010 at 4:40 PM

I recently saw a photo of a neat idea in regards to Tenkara line storage.  It used a hook made from the foam used in flip flops.  Fully intending to steal, er I mean, reuse that basic design, I headed to my flip flop pile. I always have a bunch around, they make great popper heads for bluegills (and bass like them too). Anyhow on top of the pile was one of the straps I had previously cut off one of the flips. As I picked it up, I realized why I had kept it a several month earlier (just for this sort of inspiration).


A trimmed flip flop strap fits a tenkara rod great. This certainty isn't an elegant solution, but it sure is fast (and cheap), and it works great.

If I was sure I was going to leave it on the rod, I'd take some time to replace the rubber bands with some o-rings and trim the flip flop strap a little closer.

Another cheap, quick and easy line winder option is shown below -

A swimming pool noodle sliced into slabs with a groove cut in the edge. Not pretty, but works great.

p.s. The bug shown in the picture above was tied using flip flop foam,  You can also "turn" the foam using a dremel or drill to make very nice popper bodies.

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