Blakemore Rod Floaters
Float 'em high
As advertised, these work great. As an avid float tuber I have had two expensive combo's attempt to escape further fish fighting duties. Fortunately these escape attempts proved futile due to the rod floaters. There has been no problems with line slapping against them. Only gripe is after a few years they occasionally slide down the rod. A small price to pay for peace of mind
November 30, 2008
What can I really say? It does the trick and keeps rods buoyant enough that you won't lose it when fishing from a boat. I strongly suggest one if you don't like using a rod leash. The only down side is unless you're using a medium rod it's goin to be a loose fit that requires adjustments. The instructions warn of this and suggest wrapping a little tape around the shaft of the rod before putting the float on. It works ok for me so far, but I also haven't gotten it wet since I put the tape on. (I imagine the tape will need to be replaced annually to keep it snug)
February 12, 2015
My rod would have drowned
I fish farm ponds and while making a cast from the bank my cork handle slipped off in my hand while my rod combo flew about 15 feet into the pond. I had one of the Blakemore floaters on the combo and was able to use another rod and pull it in by snagging it with a lure.
This same thing happened to my sister at a lake but she just let go while casting. Her husband was happy that he had also equipped her combo with a Blakemore floater and it made this particular rod, stand up in the water like a flagpole.
Thank you Blakemore for saving lives with the rod lifevest.
October 5, 2006
I fish several Colorado reservoirs and normally carry two spin and two fly outfits on my pontoon. All I can say is these floats have saved rods for me on more than one occasion. As it's legal, when fly fishing, I normaly use two rods. The same is true when I'm using one spin and one fly. My tackle is top quality and I have about $750.00 invested in each of my outfits. Do the math, less than $15.00 protecting $3000.00 woth of tackle. I can't think of a better bargain in fishing. I've been using these floats for 5 years now and wouldn't take a rod on the water without them. I've found a small electrical tie wrap does better affixing them to the rod than the Velcro stips supplied.
December 17, 2012