Thinking Angler Rod System

Sun 21 April 13


When it comes to functional pieces of tackle, Thinking Anglers are certainly up there with the very best of them, and their new Rod System is something that will appeal to the angler that likes to travel as light as possible. With more and more anglers scaling down their tackle, or spending less time on the bank due to time constraints, the Rod System has been designed with reducing weight and bulk, yet retain superb protection of the anglers rods and reels.

The Rod System is made up of several items that are also individually available from Thinking Anglers; 2 x Reel Pouches, 1 x Long Tip Top, 1 x Bramble Cover, 1 x Base Unit and a Strap. If you looked at the items individually, you would be excused in thinking “how do I use all this?”, but in reality it is a very simple solution.

The Base Unit is a 12” (approx) long tube of hard wearing, heavy duty material with a drawstring opening and a D-ring fitted a couple of inches down from the opening. This slides over the butt end of broken down rods and when tightened up using the drawstring, holds the rods together. Steve Fantauzzi from Thinking Anglers explains the Base Unit in brief by watching he top video at the bottom of the review.

The Bramble Cover looks like a landing net stink bag at first glance, but has been designed to slide over the tips of the broken down rods after the Long Tip Top is fitted. The longer length of the Bramble Cover allows for the blanks and the lines to be protected from damage when moving through dense bankside foliage. Also incorporated in the Bramble Cover is a velcro flap situated approximately halfway down along the length which allows the angler to thread the strap through to connect to the Long Tip Top.

The Bramble Cover is also very handy for those unexpected downpours, as it can be slipped over the rods in seconds and the strap reconnected. A lot of anglers wouldn’t use the Bramble Cover all of the time, but it is testament to the thought that Thinking Anglers put into their designs in including it.

The Long Tip Top is a 30” (approx) long padded piece of material which has a 3/4 length opening along one side. The opening allows the rings of the rods to protrude to stop them being damaged when placing the item over the rods. The opening is secured by the use of two velcro straps and an intermediate velcro patch sewn onto the tip top to stop the edges flapping around. As with the Base Unit, the Long Tip Top has a D-ring securely attached on the opposite side of the opening.

The Reel Pouches have been designed to fit over reels attached to rods when in transit to protect both the reels and the line on the spools from damage. Constructed from padded material, the Reel Pouches simply wrap around the reel and are secured by two velcro straps. On the outer of the pouches, thicker velcro has been sewn on which allow the pouches to “stick” to each other in transit and stop any rotational movement of the rods. The Reel Pouches have been designed to fit the majority of reels that the angler will use, and during out testing, we found they are best suited to reels upto the size of a 10000 Shimano Baitrunner. Big Pit reels will fit inside the pouches, but we found it hard to construst the System when big pit reels were on the rods with the pouches. As most anglers using this type of system will be generally using the smaller reels, it is not a major issue but one that we felt is important to mention. Ben Hamilton runs through the Reel Pouches on the 2nd video at the bottom of this review.

The final component is the Strap. The Strap connects all the main components together to create a simple carrying system that is secure and angler friendly. The simple webbing strap with a plastic non-slip shoulder pad connects the Long Tip Top and the Base Unit together by means of two large plastic clips. When the loaded Rod System is placed on the shoulder, the strap keeps the two items pulled together and the rods held firmly in place.

Final Thoughts

We have used the Thinking Anglers Rod System for a few sessions now, and found it to be superb. Ready made rods can fit into the smallest cars now without taking up too much valuable space or worrying about the reels knocking around, and for those evening sessions after work or opportunist sessions when the Mrs goes out shopping etc, the angler can travel light but still easily carry the same rods as they would have on a longer session. Even the angler that fishes longer sessions on a variety of venues will benefit from the Rod System in that a Spod and Marker rod can be kept together using the system and be stored in the shed safely, and picked up if required without having to take them in and out of a larger holdall should they be or not be required for that session. The Rod System will also find favour with the specialist or predator angler that roams along rivers. A landing net can be slipped into the Base Unit and secured to the Long Tip Top with the longer velcro straps to add even more rigidity to the System and also be transported simply. The velcro covered slot in the Bramble Cover is such as simple thought, but ingenious!

Once again Thinking Anglers have come up with the goods, and any angler that likes to travel light should take a serious look at the Rod System. The Thinking Anglers Rod System has a RRP of £69.99 which for the angler that likes to be versatile, is an absolute bargain.




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