A Look at Two Different Foam Boat Fender Options

With all the boat fender options out there we decided to take a look at two foam options out on the market – The NautiCurl NautiFender ($44.99) and the Mission Sentry Boat Fender ($68.00). Over the Labor Day weekend our team beat these two fenders up and have our results. After using the Mission fenders over the past few weekends and now the NautiCurl.. the results are exactly as we expected.

As a group of avid boaters we have seen our fair share of fenders and most of them are average at best… until now….

For multiple weekends we have used the Mission Sentry Boat Fenders and honestly we liked them.. They were far better than the standard inflatable fenders that move all over the place but not by much. The concept of what Mission is trying to do is fantastic but the design and manufacturing process as lacking to say the least. Do they work great out of the package.. yes they do. Do they work long term.. no they don’t. The main problem with the Mission Sentry is the locking mechanism which didn’t last long on the fenders we purchased. Once the locking mechanism fails they won’t stay in place anymore. To add to the problems the Mission customer service is pitiful to say the least. We emailed Mission with the issues we were having and after over a week we have yet to receive a response. At this point we are done with the Mission. Poor construction and poor customer service…

Moving on to the NautiCurl NautiFender – Flat Boat Fender. Truly amazing is what one person in our group said and we all tend to agree. There are no mechanisms like the Mission so there aren’t any places these fenders can fail.. They are truly fantastic and we have no need to look elsewhere for a viable fender for all our boating needs.

Let’s look at the information from the NautiCurl website for more detail on their fenders.]

NautiCurl Innovative EVA Foam Flat Fenders (Boat & Dock Bumper)

Fender w/Rope (Reversible)

The NautiFender is Changing the Fender Game! The NautiCurl reversible modular boat fender or boat bumper was designed for flexibility, style, storage and protection in mind. The Flat profile and Tapered shape provides style while preventing ride up and rotating of the fender. The integrated cutouts prevent interference of dock lines and cleats. The 8 re-configurable attachment points assure ease and flexibility to attached to boat cleats, dock pipes, boat rails and the Nauti Fender works with all boat types (wakeboard boats, pontoons, fishing boats, sailboats, runabouts, PWCs). The EVA Foam material provides cushion to protect your boat while durable to avoid tearing and is resistant to fade. Voted The Best Fender of 2021!

  • Flat profile to prevent rotating and ride up
  • Integrated dock and boat line pass through
  • Layered Dual Density EVA foam construction to cushion impact
  • 2-Tone Colored Faces – Reversible design to change your fender’s look
    • Phantom Series
      • Fog Gray Face
      • Graphite Center Core
      • Gunmetal Gray Face
    • Midnight Teak Series
      • Teak Face
      • Graphite Center Core
      • Midnight Black Face
  • Durable diamond patterned textured EVA surface (sim to Seadeck)
  • UV resistant to withstand the sun’s harmful rays
  • 8 Re-configurable attachment points for flexibility to attach to wakeboats, pontoons, fishing boats, sailboats, PWCs, docks, beams, piers, dock posts and more.
  • Easy Stow – compact and stackable storage. Takes up a fraction of the space as a traditional inflatable round boat fender
  • Boat Line included
  • Dimensions: 20″ x 8″ x 2″
  • With 100% EVA Foam Construction – Fender will NOT deflate like traditional round boat fenders or boat bumpers.
  • Sleek and Stylish Modular Design – Make a Statement on your Pride & Joy!

There really isnt much more to say outside of go get a pair of NautiFenders and you definitely won’t be disappointed. They are truly fantastic fenders.

NautiCurl – Quite Possibly the Greatest Wake Shapers Produced…

Yes I know that is a pretty bold statement but after years using a Ronix shaper and trying other brands as well… and now using the NautiCurl shapers for a few weeks I believe I can safely say there is no better shaper out on the market. If there is one let me know and I will give it a try. But for now the NautiCurl has no equal and our wakesurfing testing crew agree 100%

Surf setup: Boat – Malibu Wakesetter / Power Wedge / Factory Hard Tank Ballasts (Bow Tank 350 lbs, Center Tank 500 lbs, Two Rear Tanks 200 lbs each / Two Rear Fly High Pro X Series Fat Sacs 750 lbs each), Speed between 10.8 mph and 12.2 mph. The units we tested were the NautiCurl Wakesurfing – Wake Shaper Surf Gate ($239.00) and the second unit was the Wakesurfing – FLEX Wake Shaper Surf Gate ($259.00). We spent two full weekends testing the NautiCurl shapers with numerous boat and ballast setups at differing speeds and power wedge height changes. With all those parameters (especially ballast changes) we finally dialed in the wake and I can tell you it was truly amazing.

Backing up a little… our group decided to try both of the NautiCurl shaper units rather than writting a review on just one. In the picture above the Wakesurfing – Wake Shaper Surf Gate is the one with the two suction cups and the FLEX Wake Shaper is the three suction cup units. We tested each of the units alone and they both produced easily comparable wakes to any other shaper produced that we have used and tested. If you stop there anyone would be happy with the results.

Where NautiCurl excels and produced an amazing wake/wave was when we used both shapers at the same time. All I can say is WOW. We placed the FLEX shaper at the very bottom on the boat almost at the very back of the boat / stern. The second unit was placed above the first unit and pushed futher forward. This setup was a game changer and where my statement of quite possibly the greatest wake shapers produced came from. In addition the NautiCurl shapers are designed with integrated curvature to allow them to nest together for double stacking.

Amazing Wake

When you use a double shaper setup you don’t have to pick between a tall wake and a long wake. With the second shaper and staggering them forward and back you can dial in a tall and long wake as you can see in the image above.

Below is taken from the NautiCurl website. I can write about each of the shapers but why not use the description from the company that actually produces them.

Wakesurfing – Wake Shaper Surf Gate (Classic)$239.00

Make your Wake a WAVE with the Best Selling Wake Shaper! Your wake LONGER and TALLER!

FREE USA SHIPPING

  • Professionally Engineered and Tested to Maximize your Wake
  • No more Listing (Leaning) your Boat
  • FLOATS! High-Buoyancy 0% water absorbent Foam
  • Sleek Stylish Streamline Design
  • Wake Shaper Attaches and Reverses in SECONDS
  • Heavy Duty Dual Suction Cup Attachment
  • Sturdy Aircraft Aluminum Alloy with Durable/Protective Powder Coat Finish
  • Black Anodized Aluminum Levers and Stainless Steel Springs
  • Proudly Made in MN, USA 🇺🇸
  • Money Back Guarantee: 60 days
  • Now Shipping to Canada & Australia
  • FREE US Shipping

A sleek stylish design was a must! We wanted a product you’d be proud to carry down your dock to accessorize your boat. Let’s admit it, you want to look good on the water (nice boat, nice board, nice day, nice Wake Shaper)!

Wakesurfing – FLEX Wake Shaper Surf Gate$259.00

The FLEX Wake Shaper is specifically designed for those difficult hulls with narrow chines, extreme curvature and raised decals. Works on some of the most infamously challenging hulls where traditional Wake Shapers won’t attach.

FREE USA SHIPPING

  • Works on: X2, X10, X15, X30, X45, X80, XStar, Maristar 197, Tige RZR, Supra 24 SSV, Prostar 197 & 209, Enzos and more.
  • Professionally Engineered and Tested to Maximize your Wake
  • No more Listing (Leaning) your Boat
  • FLOATS! High-Buoyancy 0% water absorbent Foam
  • Sleek Stylish Streamline Design
  • Wake Shaper Attaches and Reverses in SECONDS
  • Heavy Duty Triple Suction Cup Attachment (3 5/8” diameter)
  • Sturdy Aircraft Aluminum Alloy with Durable/Protective Powder Coat Finish
  • Black Anodized Aluminum Levers and Stainless Steel Springs
  • Proudly Made in MN, USA 🇺🇸
  • Money Back Guarantee: 60 days
  • Now Shipping to Canada & Australia
  • FREE US Shipping

Dealing with the staff at NautiCurl was fantastic. Every question I asked (and there were alot) were answered quickly via email. I honeslty couldn’t be happier with my interaction with them. To give you an idea what NautiCurl is all about below is the About Us information from their website.

About Us

Growing up in the land of 10,000 lakes as water enthusiasts, our passion for watersports runs deep. NautiCurl was founded to spread our love of surfing and watersports worldwide. Our goal is to provide affordable and professional products with superior construction and performance with sleek stylish designs. NautiCurl is committed to becoming a premier brand in the wakesurfing industry by evolving with the sport and continually pushing the limits on our product offering and innovative designs.

We’ve put our passion of the water into the design, quality and functionality of our products. We believe in putting customers and quality first.

Why We’re Different

As mechanical engineers and semi-retired competitive wakeboarders turn wakesurfers, we understand the importance and nuances of wakes and pride ourselves on the the quality of our wake inspired products. Our experience, knowledge and creativity is portrayed in our products..

Customer Service

NautiCurl is committed to putting you (the customer) first. Don’t believe us? Check out any wake industry forum and search NautiCurl. If it’s not right, we’ll make it right. We’re passionate about creating a community of followers and building long-term relationships with our customers.

Giving Back

NautiCurl believes in giving back. A portion of NautiCurl’s profits is donated to protect and save our oceans and waterways. Join NautiCurl and get involved: Minimize the use of single-use plastic, recycle and keep our beaches and waterways clean so our kids and future generations can enjoy our water as we do..

To sum it up for you… Look no further for your wake shaper needs. From our experience there is no better shaper on the market and if you decide to utilize the two shaper setup you won’t be disappointed – I GUARANTEE IT……

Next up is a head to head review of the NautiCurl NautiFender – Flat Boat Fender going up against our current Mission Sentry Boat Fenders. Stay tuned….

NautiFender – Flat Boat Fender

Head over to the NautiCurl website and check out not only the shapers but all the other products they offer – https://nauticurl.com/

All Things Boating & Watersports Gear Reviews – First Up – The NautiCurl FLEX Wake Shaper Surf Gate

Since spring has arrived we have had numerous requests to add reviews for anything related to freshwater boating / watersports gear. Requests include, wakesurfing boards, wake shapers, wakeboards, slalom skis, inflatable tubes, etc. So.. we have decided to add these to the line-up.

Our first review will be for all those people that are wakesurfers and need the ever popular surf gate. If your boat isn’t one of the newer $200k+ models you might have a need for a standalone surf gate like the NautiCurl FLEX Wake Shaper Surf Gate. We have used a few different surf gate options out there and I have heard nothing but great things about the NautiCurl option so one is on the way to us to test out. Note… I was told by the people at NautiCurl that using two is the way to go so we will see if I can get my hands on another one to test how two is better than one.

Stay tuned… The NautiCurl FLEX should be heading our way and we will hopefully have it in time for next weekend.

SiOnyx – Color Night Vision – Turning Night Into Day…

**UPDATE** – A few weeks ago I wrote the post below on SiOnyx and their Night Vision products. During the past couple of weeks I have reached out to SiOnyx with questions and a request for information with absolutely no response from them. At this point I can’t do a follow-up article or recommend them. When a company can’t even respond to multiple emails about their products it makes you wonder if they even care about their customer or potential customers. In all the time we have done these reviews of products we have never had a company not respond to a customer service request for information. So… at this point I would suggest anyone looking at SiOnyx be very careful making a purchase without speaking with someone that has had a positive experience with SiOnyx.

In the past few weeks we have looked at a hand full of night vision companies and in the next week or so will be putting together a review or preview of Sionyx and their night vision offerings.

With applications for Boating, Hunting, Outdoor, Tactical, Surveillance, Sensors, Search and Rescue, Military and Law Enforcement these units meet almost everyone’s needs.

Check back in the next couple of weeks for a full write-up and for now head over to SiOnyx’s website to see what they have to offer.

https://www.sionyx.com/

Witmer Custom Leather Rifle Sling – Craftmanship At It’s Finest…

When it comes to outdoor gear as you know I’m a sucker for handmade products so when I ran across Eric Witmer and his custom leather goods I was highly interested. After a long conversation I decided to pick up one of his rifle slings for my lever action and I couldn’t be happier.

Eric sells his leather goods out of his Etsy store with a wide range of offerings. Take a few minutes and head over to his shop to see what he has. There’s got to be something that will pique your interest – Rifle Slings, Personalized Magazine ID Bands, Wallets, Holsters, Fly Wallets and lots more. And.. his prices are beyond reasonable.

From Eric’s Description..

Handcrafted out of 7-9 oz vegetable tan leather , hand dyed and sealed. Boot is adjustable and will fit any stock size, 4 colors available at check out: Saddle Tan, Dark Brown, Black and Mahogany . Photos show the muzzleloader sling and boot on a T/C Hawken and it also works nicely on rifles and shotguns. Please choose whether you shoot right or left handed at check out, if you are a right hand shooter the lacing will be on the right side of stock and if you are a left hand shooter the lacing will be on the left side of stock. You may choose to have this personalized with a name or initials at no additional cost , the name or initials will be pressed into the leather at the butt end of the boot. This is made of vegetable tan leather so it will age nicely and in my opinion get nicer looking with age and patina.
Made in Marietta , Pennsylvania , USA.
Free Shipping anywhere in USA.

As you can see from the pic above the quality is outstanding and with 100% of his reviews being 5 star so you can’t go wrong with anything he puts out.

Here are a few of his reviews so you can get an idea of what people think of his workmanship.

  • Great quality and beautiful craftsmanship! I’ve order multiple products and each has been beautifully made and functioned perfectly.
  • This was above and beyond my expectations, wonderfully made product!
  • Great customer service. Easy time communicating with owner and he was very helpful. Looking to do more business with him.
  • Wow! You sir are the bomb! What a great fit, it looks good too. I will be a customer for life. Thank you for your time and efforts putting out quality products.

And they go on and on and on… Don’t just trust what I say.. check out what every one of his customers says and it won’t be a difficult decision for you.

Check out Eric’s site on Etsy and know that if you place an order you will be receiving not only a top quality piece of leather but an heirloom that can be passed down to your children and grandchildren. You won’t be disappointed.

Custom hand made leather goods made in by WitmerCustomLeather (etsy.com)

The Wild Card – The 6’11” 5 Weight Fly Rod by JP Ross…

I have written about JP Ross in the past and decided to do a quick introduction to his Wild Card fly rod. This rod is a very unique rod as you can tell by the header. I for one have never used a 6’11” (7′) 5 weight fly rod but after researching it I have to admit it sounds incredibly appealing.

As you know I am a big fan of small streams so this rod is one I need in my arsenal and will definitely need to take on on the next gear review trip in the near future. We will be heading to southern Colorado to test out a good number of gear items in a few months and I will need one of these with me.

Handmade in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in New York you will find JP Ross and his amazing shop where he puts out some truly magical pieces of art and the Wild Card is only one of his rod offerings.

The JP Ross Cabin Workshop, R&D Center and all around Man Cave!!

Back to the Wild Card…. Instead of trying to recreate what JP says about the Wild Card why not just use what he has on his website. After all he is the one that came up with this cool but unique rod.

With the idea in mind that sometimes the best things come from mistakes…?   This rod is probably the best thing that could have happened to the Black Jack Carbon Silica Design. 

The Post it Note was a mistake trying to make a strong adhesive.

Coca Cola was an attempt to be a medicine.

The Potato Chip was intended to be a thin french fry. 

and…. the initial Black Jack was intended to be only an 8’6″ #5-6 fly rod…   who knew that its design may very well be better suited to be a short stout all purpose Fly Rod?  Well, thats how product design goes sometimes.  

The 6’11” 4-5 weight Wild Card is actually a very close sibling to the Black Jack 8’6″ #5-6 weight 5 piece because its the same blank but with only the first 4 sections.   

I suppose we could try and hide the fact that this rod is completely of its own design, but that would not make for an honest story…  so we are happy to disclose that we took an already original design and found a new perhaps better purpose for it.  

The 6’11” Wild Card is probably the most interesting and enjoyable rod I have made and fished.  It just has so much power for a little fly rod, and there is something about the line speed and momentum you can get from a 5 weight line that makes it just a dream to cast.  Unlike short light weight fly rods where you need the extra line speed to punch extra distance or carry a bigger fly; this rod does not need such an effort.  Just point it and load it where you want to cast and it does it all for you. 

The rod is also extremely durable and very strong for bigger flies and really big fish.  

Try it with a 4 weight for more delicate presentations and a 5 for bigger flies and more distance.  It roll casts well with both line weights.  

What is really fun though is catching fish on it.  the bend is remarkable, yet the rod still has significant power thanks to our Carbon Silica Technology. 

Trim wrap colors can be changed.  We currently offer. 

Custom inscription is also included and free.  Just add to the notes of the order.  

The rod comes with a cotton rod bag and aluminum case with engraved cap. 

So there is a quick introduction to JP Ross and his Wild Card fly rod. Go take a look at JP’s website and check out the Wild Card but also all the other amazing rods he custom builds in his NY Shop.

And.. JP cranks out some really slick looking t-shirts as well.

Check out JP’s website for everything he has going on.

https://www.jprossfltrods.com

DECKED – A Cool Heavy Duty Truck Bed Storage System For The Outdoor Enthusiast…

If you fish, hunt or any other outdoor activity and are struggling for space check out the Decked website. Their truck bed storage systems look truly fantastic. This week I will be looking on over in person and doing a full write-up soon.

Some quick information on Decked and how they came about.

After over 20 years of battling, band-aiding and otherwise fussing with homemade wooden drawer systems made of plywood, dimension lumber and half the hardware department from True Value, we came to the conclusion that there had to be a better way. Drawers are awesome, especially in the back of your truck, so we couldn’t believe there wasn’t an affordable and compelling solution on the market. So what started out on a napkin in a local diner, evolved into a rabid pursuit to create a product that would make the lives of working men and women better. In 2013, after nearly three years of research, design, and engineering work, DECKED was born. We are passionate about what we do, and we love our customers, so we thought we would share a little something about ourselves.

We too have lived with substandard homemade and even purchased storage systems rattling around in the backs of our pickup trucks for years. Finally, we sat down determined to solve the problem we all faced with our truck beds and produce the best in-vehicle storage system anywhere. We think we did, and we are confident you will too. You’re one of us, and our mission at DECKED is to make your life better.

100% Made in USA

Check out their website below and head back here in a week for a full write-up.

https://decked.com/

Bamboo Fly Rods – Not Just For Your Tweed Wearing, Pipe Smoking Grandfather Anymore…

Beautiful Example of a Chris Lantzy Split-Bamboo Fly Rod

Rod Builder or Artist…. Let’s be honest… When looking at a bamboo fly rod there’s just something about them that elevates them to a level far above any graphite or fiberglass rod. Sure there are fantastic handmade graphite and fiberglass fly rods but they don’t hold a candle to the craftmanship and painstaking time that is required to produce a true work of art like a bamboo fly rod.

Today we are going to dive into the world of a bamboo or split-cane fly rod builder and give you a run down of what models they offer and their pricing.

In today’s world of mass produced products we have come to accept that some of our graphite and fiberglass rods fall into this category but in the bamboo world there is still a level of craftsmanship that goes into producing this type of fly rod. In most cases these rods are expensive but remember the old saying – You Get What You Pay For… So, let’s take a look at a great bamboo fly rod builder.

CHRIS LANTZY – Custom Rod Maker

I decided to start this write-up with Chris primarily because I have a history with him and own a number of his custom made fly fishing pieces. Chris is an incredible person as well as a magician with materials. He truly produces some of my most prized fly fishing possessions with my leather leader wallet being at the top. All his products are handmade in his shop with his hands. If you own any of Chris’s pieces you will know exactly what I am talking about.

Thanks to Chris for allowing me to heist his bio from the website! Why rewrite something that is already there!

A fly rod has always been an important object in Chris’ life. Growing up in North-Western PA close to numerous trout streams Chris’ Mom, Dad, & brother all fished with fly rods. At the ripe old age of seven or eight (nobody can remember just when) his parents bought him his first fiberglass fly rod. Chris has fond memories of his early angling experiences. Everyday after school, & all day on weekends, throughout the spring to early summer he & his family would go fishing. Taking the sport seriously, yet still being a kid, Chris recalls dividing his time along the stream between fishing & playing in the stream-side woods or fields when the fishing was slow. He was allowed to play, so long as he took care of his tackle & didn’t disturb anyone else who was fishing.

Both before & after graduating from college Chris worked as a professional musician and private music instructor. Straight out of school he went to work for a very reputable music store in Pittsburgh, PA as an instrument repair technician. There, working with & learning from some of the most experienced repairmen in the music business, he acquired many of the skills that both musical instrument repair technicians & rod makers employ. Mr. Ron Samson, a master string instrument repairman, was especially helpful to Chris teaching him many skills of the trade. It was during this time when one day, while admiring his Great-Grandpa’s bamboo fly rod, he decided to give rod making a try. He began studying every book on the subject he could find & asking questions to many professional rod makers who kindly helped him along. Armed with the knowledge he gained Chris started designing & building some of the tools necessary in making split-cane rods. This included a set of steel planing forms, binding machine, etc. & he also began making graphite & fiberglass rods, too. Soon his first split-cane fly rod was complete & a love affair with the craft of rod making was born. After all these years he still gets excited upon completing a fly rod.

Soon after becoming a full time rod maker, Chris began making the rod bags & tubes for all his rods. This led him to a serious study of how different fishing accessories are made. Eventually Chris would design & make an entire line of fishing accessories including leather fly wallets, leader wallets, fishing bags, reel cases, etc. – each one made with the same attention to detail as his fly rods.

Chris lives in the rolling hills of Amish farm country in North-Western Pennsylvania among many good fishing waters. Coming from a long line of anglers of the long rod, his rod collection includes the fly rods of his Great Grandpa’s, Grandpa’s, Grandma’s, & that of other family members. He donates a number of his rods to groups that do positive work through fly fishing.

Chris has multiple levels of bamboo fly rods that he produces so everyone has the chance to own one of his pieces of art. Let’s take a look at the different levels of bamboo fly rods that Chris produces.

The Prudential Series

For those of you who want a great casting split-bamboo fly rod, but at an economical price, a Prudential rod is just the rod for you. All rods in this line are 2 piece with 1 tip (2/1). They all feature snake style line guides, chrome stripping guides, & down locking reel seats with walnut spacers with high grade aluminum hardware. You can have any color of silk thread wraps you want. The rod shafts receive several coats of a hand rubbed oil-based finish. They are marked with a personal inscription of your choosing & the maker’s (my) name, rod length, line weight, & serial number. Each rod comes in a cotton flannel rod bag & a custom duck-cloth covered pvc rod tube. These rods are the perfect introduction to the world of bamboo for those of you who have been curious but don’t want to spend thousands of dollars. I warn you though, you may never go back to synthetic rods!!!
Prudential rods are available in any 2 piece length & line weight. The most popular are:

6′ 5wt
7′ 4wt
7′-6″ 5wt
Price: $600 + $30 shipping & insurance

Classical Series

All rod blanks are made from the same culm of bamboo. The tips are mirror-matched in node placement & nodes are spaced in the “3×3” method.

Your choice of standard silk wrap colors of red, green, brown, or orange tipped in black. Other colors available at no extra charge.

Hard chrome snake style line guides, chrome stripping guides & plain nickel-silver winding checks. 

Top quality cork grip hand shaped in my shop from premium cork rings. All grips are standard cigar shape.

Nickel-Silver “Super-Z” style ferrules made by Classic Sporting Enterprises. These are, in my opinion, the best quality ferrules available. 

All standard reel seats are down locking & available in a slide-band or screw-locking style. The standard wood spacer is walnut. The hardware is made from high grade aluminum.

All rods come in a cotton flannel rod bag & a custom duck-cloth covered pvc rod tube. As an upgrade option,your rod can also come in a traditional aluminum tube with brass end caps for a small additional cost.

Every rod comes with a personal inscription. Each rod will have the maker’s (my) name, line weight & rod length, & a serial number on one side of the the rod. The other side will have your name or any personal inscription you choose.
All rods 5ft to 8ft in length are available in 2/2 (2 piece/ 2 tip) configuration. Rods 8”6″ to 9′ length are available in 3/2 (3 piece/ 2 tip) configurations. 

Your options for rod length & line weight are many. Chris makes rods from one piece 4′-4″ long to 3 piece 9′ in length & everything in between including all rod actions. 

All 2/2 rods = $865 + $30 shipping & insurance
All 3/2 rods = $995 + $30 shipping & insurance

Custom Series

These are truly custom rods. Here, anything goes. You & Chris work together to make a rod that is truly unique to you. Every aspect of the rod is exactly what you want it to be. Each rod comes standard with everything listed for the Classical Serieswith the following exceptions:

Your choice of snake style line guides of hard chrome with standard twist or special hand twisted, stainless steel in a reverse “British” twist. (see below)

Wraps in any color of silk thread you want. 

All reel seat hardware is made from Nickel-Silver & are the finest reel seats available. You choose from many different wood spacers & styles of reel seats.

The winding check is made from Nickel-Silver with finely detailed knurling around the edges. 

Agate stripping guides are standard on all Custom series rods & you can choose between many different colors of stone.

All Custom series rods come in a traditional aluminum rod tube with brass end caps.

You can upgrade these rods with anything you want including custom engraving on the rod metal, custom reel seats, feather inlays, silk wrap colors, etc. With these rods we are limited only by our imagination. Contact me for other options.

All 2/2 rods= $1155 + $30 shipping & insurance
All 3/2 rods= $1270 + $30 shipping & insurance

And.. If you are going to have a work of art fly rod like Chris produces why would you want to store it in a regular rod tube… You wouldn’t and that’s where Chris’s leather rod tubes stand out above the rest.

Just like the canvas covered PVC rod tubes, these leather tubes can be made to fit most size of fly rods, to an exact fit for your rod. We do this because if the rod tube is longer than the rod inside, it will slide back & forth, jostling the rod inside. That’s not good & you don’t want that. Sliding back & forth inside the tube is absolutely no good for your fly rod, especially those delicate tips!! To get the best fit for your rod, please measure the total length of your fly rod -in it’s bag – & give me that measurement. Both ends of these rod tubes have thick, dense foam padding to protect the rod inside.

The top edge of the pipe is slightly beveled. This is done to make sliding the rod in & out of the tube easier – there’s no hard edge to catch any line guides on, just a nice & smooth surface. The heavy canvas shoulder strap is not only adjustable, but easily removed for convenience when traveling, or packing the rod tube. The leather itself is tightly stitched to the aluminum tube, by hand, for a perfect fit.

The aluminum tube used here is heavy-walled (1/8″ thick) which makes these tubes heavier than what you’re most likely used to. We use these heavy tubes because if you’re housing a special rod, you want to protect it well & a thick, strong tube will do just that.

These rod tubes will be available in both brown & mahogany colored leathers (brown shown in the photos). Customization is possible & priced accordingly, depending on your requests. Please contact me with any questions you have & to discuss your rod tube.

​As these tubes are special order items that are made completely by hand, there will be a short wait time for them to be made for you. You can pay in full up front, or if you prefer, a down payment of half the total can be made to begin the tube, the second half due only after your rod tubes are completed. 

Price: 2/1 or 2/2 rods = $275 + shipping
          3/2 or 4 pc rods = $350 + shipping 

In closing.. Like I said earlier… I have known Chris for a while now and the products he produces are second to none. Not only will you enjoy them but they are true heirloom quality and the little fly fisherperson in your life will enjoy them as well. In addition if you have any questions just know that Chris is unbelievable to work with and every question you have will be answered. He is a true craftsman. Chris can be reached at – customrodmaker@gmail.com or visit his website to see all of the awesome products he produces.

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A Great Small Stream Fiberglass 2wt Fly Rod That Won’t Break The Bank… The Moonlit Lunar S-GLASS.

In the fly fishing world there are those that only target large fish and then there are those that love the challenge of fishing small spring creeks and streams for tiny fish. I fall into the later and absolutely love fishing very small water for elusive tiny trout. With this type of fishing everyone knows you need a small fly rod and Moonlit Fly Fishing has just the rod to meet your needs. The rod is the Moonlit Lunar S-GLASS and its a truly great line of rods ranging from the tiny 2wt to an 8wt. So let’s give you a quick run down of what this rod has to offer.

First let’s introduce you to the mastermind behind Moonlit Fly Fishing – Brandon Moon. Now I have worked with a lot of vendors, suppliers and manufacturers and Brandon is right at the top of truly fantastic people not only for his knowledge but all around customer service. I tend to not speak for others but I feel confident in saying that if you have a question about the multitude of items Brandon has on his website if you drop him a line I guarantee you will get a quick response.

Before we get back to the fly rod write-up I want to let everyone know that if you are a furled leader person look no further than Brandon’s furled leaders. Truly amazing leaders… some won’t fish anything but traditional mono or fluorocarbon leaders but if you’ve never tried a furled leader you owe it to yourself to at least give one a try and Brandon’s are a great place to look. As long as he is producing furled leaders that’s what I will be using.

Now back to the Moonlit Lunar S-GLASS 2wt fly rod… Let’s look at the information and description from the Moonlit page.

An Old Glass Feel with a Modern Twist
Our NEW Lunar Series of S-Glass rods have been designed to have an old glass feel but lighter weight with a bit faster action, we have been able to do this with today’s new age advanced fiberglass materials and the expertise of our rod designer.

Fast Recovering Tip
One thing we don’t like in many glass rods is an overly soft tip that robs your casting energy, and give you arm fatigue. We designed the Lunar rods to have a fast recovering tip that eliminates over oscillation so the rod’s casting energy goes straight into your line without the wobble.

Progressive Taper with Reserved Power
The progressive action allows you to make smooth accurate short to medium casts but it also has a lot of reserved power to bomb the line out there when needed.

Excellent Roll Casts
The Lunar rods with their deep rod flex are also excellent at performing accurate roll casts.

Compact 4 Piece Rods
All the Lunar rods are a 4 piece which compacts down great for traveling and backpacking.

Several Sizes to Choose From
The Lunar rods will come in sizes 2wt, 3wt, 4wt, 5wt, 6wt, 7wt, and 8wt giving you many options to fit your wants and needs. Each size will be a different color.

Bold But Classy
These rods are bold colors like the glass rods people have loved with a nicely done white accent near the handle. The finish and classy wraps are about as good as it gets from a factory produced rod, we paid attention to the details. This is not just a rod that will love to use but a rod that well stand out visually.

Lifetime Warranty
One thing we do differently in the glass world is offer an easy lifetime warranty. Instead of making you ship your rod into us for repairs, for a $45 warranty fee we send the replacement parts right to you, so you are back to fishing faster.

I have been slinging Moonlit Lunar S-Glass rods for a couple of years now and from my personal experience I can tell you.. for a fiberglass rod it’s right at the top of my list. They are truly a great rod and at $179.99 they are a steal. With all the rods I own when I head out on the river here I always take a Moonlit rod with me. I will usually use multiple rods but the most enjoyable rod is almost always the Moonlit I have with me. The 2wt its a little slower rod than the other Lunars in the line-up but that should be expected for a light little 6’6″ 2wt fly rod. So… if you are in the market for a 2wt fly rod look no further than the Moonlit Lunar S-GLASS 2wt. I promise you won’t be disappointed and at $179.99 you will be getting a great bang for your buck. – It’s butter smooth..

You can see all of Brandon’s fly rods, furled leaders, fly tying material and supplies and accessories at his website – https://moonlitflyfishing.com/

Think I will head over and pick up a few furled leaders….

It’s Time To Get Started Again After The Pandemic… First Up – PAKMULE Cargo Carriers

Good afternoon and we are excited to get started again with the outdoor reviews and previews that all of our followers want to see. In the next 3-4 days we are going to be doing a full preview of a great cargo carrier produced by PAKMULE. As a cargo carrier owner I can tell you they are a game changer for anyone heading out on their trips whether it be on a stream or into the woods. The cargo carrier that I currently own is all steel and horribly heavy. Not only is it hard to move around and store but also getting it hooked up to the back of the truck. The PAKMULE line of carriers are aluminum which is far lighter than steel and the way I will be moving forward.

So… I tracked down a Pakmule carrier since I don’t own one so I could take a look. The positives.. It’s light… really really light but you would expect that for an aluminum carrier rather than a full steel carrier like I own. A couple of things.. Will aluminum stand up to a beating like steel will? Is there truly any difference on your tow vehicle when having a steel rack weight rather than the light aluminum option. I truly doubt it but there might be a small difference. All my research leads me back to the difference in using an aluminum carrier in your receiver rather than steel is a very small difference which is almost irrelevant. In my opinion it comes down to how you store your cargo carrier between uses and how difficult is it to get it on your vehicle by yourself. As you can see by the price there is a large difference between the Pakmule aluminum carrier and a standard Harbor Freight/Wal-Mart steel carrier. The Pakmule comes in at $795 (Ouch) compared to a steel version that you can pick up for $150-$200. Would I love to try out a Pakmule = Absolutely but currently I have a steel carrier that I have had for 5 years and its still going strong and there is no need to put out $800 for one. For now I will just hold onto what I have but I have to admit the Pakmule is a really nice lightweight carrier for anyone that has the funds to drop on one.

Like I stated earlier I have seen a Pakmule carrier up close and they are fantastic carriers and I love the idea of being able to move it and put it on my vehicle without the struggle of a heavy steel carrier but… Communication… I have had a lot of emails back and forth with Kansas at PAKMULE and I have to say he has been great about getting back with me on every question I have asked. Customer service is a huge checkbox on my list and PAKMULE does a great job.

In summary.. if you have $800 to drop on a cargo carrier this is the carrier for you. It’s built incredibly well and it’s LIGHT… I love the Pakmule carriers but for now $800 is a little steep for me. Look them up at the website link below.

Thanks for your continued support of Bang For Your Buck Outdoor Reviews and we are excited to get back to providing the reviews you want to see.

You can visit PAKMULE’s website at – https://pakmule.com/