In a recent blog post the author described difficulties with line tangle using EZ-Keepers on her tenkara rod. While not as attractive and sexy as some of the handcrafted line spools I’ve seen on the ‘net, I can’t imagine an easier system of line storage than EZ-Keepers.
For the past year I’ve been using a pair of EZ-Keepers purchased from Chris Stewart. As you can see from the photo, the Keepers are spaced about ten inches apart on the butt end of the rod.
I can’t remember a single instance where the line tangled when removing it from the keepers. The difference between my experience and that of the other blogger may be that she apparently wrapped the line in a figure-eight configuration, whereas I wind the line as I would on a spool. A spare rubber O-ring between the EZ-Keepers provides a convenient place to secure a fly with the rod folded.<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8_M5guHhYY&feature=plcp">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8_M5guHhYY&feature=plcp</a>
The beauty of the EZ-Keeper system, then, is its utility. If one wanted, he could even leave his line wound on the keepers and still fit the rod into the rod tube (however, this might invite kinking of the line).