May 122013
 

Over the past few days I’ve been busy building accessories for my new Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 kayak.

My goal is to share some of  the DIY kayak gear I build so hopefully others can also create some awesome gear!

Looking for a cheap way to keep your fishing rod safe on your kayak?  Take a look at this rod leash I put together.

Cheap rod leash from an old car charger

Got an old car phone charger?

This “recycled” rod leash can be made with 3 simple items:

  • 1 coiled cell phone car charger
  • 2 small carabiners
  • 4 zip ties

The build is about as simple as it gets and should only take 5 minutes

phone car charger rod leash for kayak fishing

Snip, snip…

First snip off the ends of the car charger with a pair of wire cutters.  You may be able to do this with scissors but the cut may not be as clean.

kayak fishing rod holder/leash from a cellphone car charger

Attach the carabiner

Next fold the long ends of the wire over your carabiners and secure them with two zip ties.  I used a pair of pliers to pull the zip ties extra tight.  Attaching the carabiners this way also ensures that in an emergency you should be able to pull the carabiners free with a little force.  (As a side note on safety:  You should always carry an easy to access serrated knife in case you need to cut your way to safety)

After attaching the carabiners on each side, your rod leash is complete!  If you want to fancy it up a little bit you can cover the zip ties with some heat shrink tubing or electrical tape.

Have you made any modifications or accessories for your kayak?  Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 

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  • Lake Fishing

    That is a great idea. I have 4 broken charges and I have just discovered their future.

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