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#12431167 - 09/18/17 09:50 AM Rod floats ????????
djosselet Offline

Registered: 01/17/14
Posts: 235
Loc: Canton tx
Do you need them or not. Dose it get in your way. Or dose it mess with the balance of the rod?

#12431220 - 09/18/17 10:19 AM Re: Rod floats ???????? [Re: djosselet]
butch sanders Online   content
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Registered: 03/17/05
Posts: 27686
Loc: Arlington, Texas
use pool noodles
cut a slit in them & wrap them on rod
take them off while you are using rod

#12431282 - 09/18/17 10:46 AM Re: Rod floats ???????? [Re: djosselet]
Todd™ Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 01/21/11
Posts: 3634
Loc: On my kayak
Needing them is up to you. I've only lost two setups over the years but that was expensive. About $500 to replace what I already spent $500 to get. I have rod floats from Basspro and they are low profile but do get in the way at times. I haven't noticed a change in balance.

#12431561 - 09/18/17 01:24 PM Re: Rod floats ???????? [Re: djosselet]
lconn4 Online   content
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Registered: 12/02/12
Posts: 10178
Loc: Cherokee County
I think most folks will use them for a while starting out, just to see how big a risk it is of losing them. I didn't like them and changed to a short length of cord with small clip that I could quickly attach or detach to the fishing line coming off of reel. Got to the point where I only used the clips when I was launching or coming back through surf zone. For lakes I don't use anything. Have lost two rods in many years, one in surf when I didn't secure any, one in lake on calm day when I reached behind me for a rod and pulled out the one next to it out of its flush mount. Count on losing at least one rig somewhere along the way.
A good rule of angling philosphy is not to interfere with another fisherman's ways of being happy, unless you want to be hated.

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#12431723 - 09/18/17 03:09 PM Re: Rod floats ???????? [Re: butch sanders]
butch sanders Online   content
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Loc: Arlington, Texas
Originally Posted By: butch sanders
use pool noodles
cut a slit in them & wrap them on rod
take them off while you are using rod

you only have to go from the reel to the 1st eyelit

#12431825 - 09/18/17 04:30 PM Re: Rod floats ???????? [Re: djosselet]
Jim Ford Offline
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Registered: 01/28/12
Posts: 1624
Loc: Texas
They've never bothered me. Seen too many guys lose rigs. I fly fish 99.9% of the time and they would get in the way on a fly rod, so I seldom use them. On the fly rods I tie a piece of string under the reel and clip a lanyard to it when the rod is in the holder. But on conventional gear I always use the floats.

#12431900 - 09/18/17 05:29 PM Re: Rod floats ???????? [Re: djosselet]
Shaun Russell Offline
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Registered: 03/15/08
Posts: 6357
Loc: Ray Roberts
I use them now that I lost a rod and reel combo. They are like $10 for 4 at Bps!

And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
Matthew 4:19

#12431930 - 09/18/17 05:58 PM Re: Rod floats ???????? [Re: djosselet]
IslandJim Online   content

Registered: 07/08/14
Posts: 369
Loc: Rockport, TX
I do now. I dropped a rod at a ramp. When I looked for it, the topwater lure I hadn't taken off had the rod tip floating. Now I use floats.
I'm an Eighth Day Adventist. On the Eighth Day, God went fishing!

#12432040 - 09/18/17 07:39 PM Re: Rod floats ???????? [Re: djosselet]
Tallgrass05 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/05
Posts: 42420
Loc: Kansas
Just a matter of personal preference and risk tolerance. I don't use them, but I always tether any rods I'm not using at the moment to the kayak with a leash. I've never flipped my kayak in the five years I've had it, or dropped a rod in the water.
Two people you should never trust: a religious leader who tells you how to vote, and a politician who tells you how to pray.

#12432066 - 09/18/17 08:04 PM Re: Rod floats ???????? [Re: djosselet]
karstopo Offline
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Registered: 05/22/16
Posts: 597
Loc: Brazoria County
I've never used them and never lost a rod off the kayak in 10+ years and hundreds of trips, but it doesn't mean it can't happen. I don't like a lot of extras like leashes for the paddle or keepers for rods, electronics, etc.. I fly fish and can't imagine putting one on a fly rod, but some folks do.

My two friends that kayak fish don't use them either. They haven't lost any rods in many trips, ever. I have found a few rods, hooked them off the bottom over the years while fishing and they are invariably spinning setups. Maybe there's something about them that makes them prone to tumbling out of a kayak or off a boat deck.

Everyone goes about kayak fishing in a way that makes sense to them. Rod floats don't work for me.

#12432318 - 09/19/17 05:33 AM Re: Rod floats ???????? [Re: djosselet]
christian myrick Offline
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Registered: 08/03/11
Posts: 3191
Loc: little elm
One thing to think about is making sure they actually float your rods. I used the bps ones before and my rod still sank to 5he bottom. I just think loosing rods ocationally is part of the game. I have lost 3 in 34 years of kayak/canoe fishing.

#12432648 - 09/19/17 09:34 AM Re: Rod floats ???????? [Re: djosselet]
Bayou_Fennec Offline

Registered: 02/19/14
Posts: 83
Loc: Austin
don't love them, but i use them. don't like leashes so floats are what i put on all my rods. saved me a couple of times in the past 5 years

#12432743 - 09/19/17 10:46 AM Re: Rod floats ???????? [Re: djosselet]
weklfrog Offline

Registered: 04/14/14
Posts: 167
I use floats on my rods and find they are minimally annoying but I feel better about having them. I leash rods in my rod holders when I am not using them, but unhook the leash when using them. The leash helps because on occasion, especially in places like the FW Nature Center, a tree branch will catch the rod and pull it out of the holder. Other than that, have not lost a rod from my kayaks. Did lose a spinning rod from my boat once when I forget to open the bail when I was casting and because the lure didn't leave the end of the rod, its momentum pulled the rod right out of my hand. My son-in-law who was with me quickly turned his back to me so I wouldn't see him laughing but I could see his shoulders moving up and down in a laughing motion. I deserved it. Another time from the boat, a friend accidentally kicked a rod that was laying on the deck sending it overboard. Since we were tied to a tree, he spent the next 20 minutes dragging the bottom with some treble hooks right where it went over and eventually brought it back up.

#12438838 - 09/23/17 05:50 PM Re: Rod floats ???????? [Re: djosselet]
Bass Art Offline
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Registered: 03/16/03
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Loc: Talty, TX
I use a 4" length of a pool noodle. I cut the slit at an angle, and kind of roll it onto the rod. Take them off to fish with the rod, and then put them back on when I switch rods. They don't come off, until I take them off. Cheap insurance. I've been kayaking for about 5 years, and haven't lost a rod. I don't have a single rig I could replace for less than $300, and most were considerably more. I'm not throwing them in the lake. They get damaged/broken often enough on their own.
Dad took me fishing when I was 10, and I've been pretty much hooked since. He went to be with God on August 14, 2012. I miss you, Dad.

#12438892 - 09/23/17 06:41 PM Re: Rod floats ???????? [Re: djosselet]
pelican Offline
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Registered: 08/27/11
Posts: 2509
Loc: Grapevine
I've never used rod floats and have never not come home with all of my rods.

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