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.
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
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.
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!