How to make hi-viz rod holders by Allan Burgess
Here is an inexpensive way to make your surfcasting rod holders stand out in the dark. Not only will it be easier to find your rod in pitch darkness it also makes it less likely that you will leave your rod spikes behind at the beach. This is a good garage project for a wet day recycling an old hi-viz vest into a useful surfcasting accessory.
The way I make my rod holders easy to spot in by applying reflector tape. An excellent source of cheap good quality reflector tape can be found by removing it from old hi-viz (high-visibility) fluoro vests. Hi-vis vests are cheap to buy brand new only costing about seven dollars or so. If you know a builder or other tradesman they often have old hi-viz vests that they don’t want anymore.
The next thing you need is a quick-un-pick tool. You can purchase this little tool at the supermarket for three dollars or there might be one at your house already. It will make it easier to cut the stitches to remove the reflector tape from the vest. If you’re careful you could use a razor blade or small pair of scissors. But seriously the quick-un-pick is the way to go.
Finally, all that remains is to glue the reflector tape to your rod holder. I found the best glue to use is contact adhesive. Spread some of the contact adhesive onto the rod holder and the cloth tape, wait about five minutes and then press it in place. Spread it with something like an ice-block stick. Avoid getting the glue on your hands if you can.
Add the reflector tape to your surf rod
In a similar vein, you can glue some of the hi-viz tape near the tip of your surfcasting rods. A battery-powered light on your rod tip is very good too. In combination with the hi-viz reflector tape, it will be even easier to see any nibbles in the dark. You will still have to switch on your torch or head-lamp but the hi-viz tape will really “jump out” in the dark.