The Fish Magnet Gear Guide
Steelhead and Salmon Spey Fishing
By Dave Robinson
Featured Gear: Tight Line Enterprises' Rod Rack Review by Dave Robinson
February, 15, 2017
The first time I had a chance to use this rack was when I first met Jeff Layton on the HOH River. I was in my first year of spey fishing and had limited gear. The rack I had was a simple magnet Pad with short posts and a small rod surface. It was fine for myself with a rod or two but was defiantly subpar compared with the machine Jeff pulled out of the back of the "fish'in wagon"! His had powerful magnets, a longer post to get the reel well off of the hood and a long rod surface with heavy bungees and ball ends that easily and positively held the rods in place. WOW! Where do I get one of those I enviously asked? I don't think they make em any more he replied. I've been looking for a while now so I can carry them in the shop he explained.
Well I'm happy to announce that Jeff called me this last fall and said that Tight Line Enterprises was now offering them again in several configurations to fit and work on the metal and non-metal surfaces that new rigs of today sometimes have. I want one I blurted out before it dawned on me of my dilemma ... I had just bought a new Ram truck that had an aluminum hood that a magnet wouldn't stick to. Well I don't know if it will work on my new rig I lamented. No worries Jeff said, I can get you a half mag half vac model. SOLD I blurted again!
It arrived a couple days later just in time to go up to the Vedder River the next morning in the snow and cold. These puppies really work great, they are pretty high tec for the price. I particularly like that the vacuum cup pumps up with a large button that also serves as an indicator if it starts to loose suction by showing a red ring if it starts to fail. They are advertised to carry 4 rods and reels but 6 would be feasible with reel socks or turning every other reel straight up as there is plenty of room with these racks to do that.
Fast forward months later and I am still really loving these. My brother bought the competitor's model which is also very nice but has a lot of moving adjustments that are not necessary, also it has a ring end that clips in securely on the end of the bungee but it is hard to get in right compared to the ball ends of mine. They are also very expensive compared to the Tight Lines.
Like I said, they come in several configurations, (See Rod Racks - click here)
Both magnet $120
Half mag half vac $169
Both vac $199
They are made of high quality injection molded nylon, stainless hardware and high quality rubber suction cups that come complete with a nice clip on cover to protect the rubber edges when stashed away. I also appreciate that the magnets have a non-scratching rubber cover over them.
Fish magnet rating gives these a 10 out of 10 solid grabs for quality and function!
REMEMBER, YOU CAN CATCH A FISH WITH A BAD CAST, BUT YOU WILL CATCH MORE WITH A GOOD ONE!
See all of Dave Robinson's gear review articles (click here)
Learn more about Dave, and see some of the fish he catches (click here) - Jeff Layton/Grabflies