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RodWraps, Socks & Accessories

CharkStraps, CharkWraps and more...

Rod Enhancement

Over the past 17 or so years we've offered a product from Better Ways which provided some protection of the foregrip material.  We had charter guys making use of the material to keep their rods looking great for when they sold them off at the end of the season. Others like me used the material to both protect the grips as well as distinguish my old Calstars (given plenty of rental-rod guys using some of the same fiberglass rods, before I graduated to UC's rods several years ago). A new firm to sportfishing, but very well known in other fields, golf, bikes, tennis... Wherever there's a handle, chances are Winn has a product being used in the application. Winn has designed some wonderful new wraps for protecting your hypolon.  I own a UC CP series deckhand rod which is a bit narrow for my hands to fish comfortably. Also a bit narrow for the reel I planned to run on that rod (Seigler/Truth LGN). So, I bought a roll of this tape to build up the handle a bit, improve the grip. Perfect for my application.  XWrap is another alternative which we sell, but that material requires use of some heat to shrink and is probably a bit more of a pain to take off a rod.  The Winn material is darn easy to work with, easy on, easy off, with an nice squishy feel.

Another area of use, more recently employed by long rangers on their rail rods, is cold shrink. This innovative material was first developed by 3M, that's what UC (United Composites) uses on their rail rods.  The firm distributes RainShadow blanks, ALPS guides and other rod building components also offers a product which serves the same purpose, very similar to 3M's product and costing about half as much.  I have a couple of UC's in my collection which get used as rail pieces...quite often. A very nice custom Raptor which SaltyDawg built for me 7 years ago and a UC70HP Mega. So, while preparing for the recent RRIII charter, I bought a couple pieces of the material to upgrade my own rods. The Stuff is WONDERFUL!!!


Winn Grips
Rod Handle Wraps

Winn offers two styles of grip material. Each is applied in a spiral on the handle of your rod, offering protection, a tad more width, and is easy on and off, both able to wrap 32 inches worth of rod, both 96 inches in length. The material used by Winn is unique, its a highly advanced dry polymer material. The wrap works well on all surfaces, cork, EVA, hypalon or directly on the blank. It's tacky and comfortable in wet, colr, hot or humid conditions. It's durable, will last for years.  We're stocking the products in some great colors, two styles. Their Saltwater Edition Wrap is stocked in six flavors, all with a tuna logo - with one exception which presents dorado coloring and fish image. These run $17.99-18.99 per roll. We're stocking two flavors of Winn Contour Wraps. The Contour Wrap provides a bit more substance for building up a rod's diameter and improving grip a tad more, and run $19.99.  Both products are non-stick in application, both come with finishing tape and very good instruction.




Description Price
Winn Grip Saltwater Gray $17.99
Winn Grip Saltwater Black $17.99
Winn Grip Saltwater Blue $17.99
Winn Grip Saltwater Dorado $18.99
Winn Grip Saltwater CONTOUR Red Camo $19.99
Winn Grip Saltwater CONTOUR Blue Camo $19.99

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Grip Enhancment

We're stocking more rod building gear at both our shops, and our San Diego shop offers a bit more depth in the rod building department, plus the shop manager is a rod builder. Staff at the HB shop also has experience in this regard, with Beta and Tom having build many, many rods over the years.  Forecast has recently brought a hard to find product to market, an item most of us have seen on better quality rail rods. We have stocked the XWrap material at our shops for a few years now, that's a product you also see on many factory rods either replacing or used in conjunction with corktape. The new Cold Shrink product from Forecast takes the XWrap to another level.  The product arrives as a tube with a hard core, almost 2 inch diameter.  Put the tube over the area of the rod you wish to enhance, pull a tap on the end and you will pull out the hard core as a spiral one piece.


As the core is removed the material shrinks down tightly, offering a durable XWrap type feel. It's a great way to add a durable outer layer over an existing grip that's worn, or a dandy way to build a new grip.  Some make use of the product on their deckhand style rods, some will use it on the foregrip of their rail rods to add protection and a non-slip durable area on their rod for use on the rail. I'll suggest that this is mandatory on a properly built rail rod.  Another thing I really do like about this product is that if it gets worn, it's easy to replace! You don't have to cut off your old grip, remove the reel seat, etc. All you have to do is slip on Cold Shrink, pull the tab and presto! You've got new material on the rod with no installation hassle or expense. So, I guess you can say it saves some money and time long term. Now for the downside, it's pretty expensive stuff. That's one of the factors which make rail rods rather expensive. I'm going to put this on a couple of my own rods, one deckhand rod of mine uses sine-cord rather than corktape, a common build, but for my hands that's not so comfortable.  This stuff will make a big difference on that rod... And, then there's that other rod that spent some hard time on the rail fighting a bluefin for too many hours..., a rod not made for that purpose. That 6 1/2 foot custom UC RCP65HP really got hammered on a charter a couple years back. This material will fix the problem I created by damaging the hypalon foregrip. Now it's going to look better, and perform better should I get stuck in a similar position again. This is some neat stuff that a lot of fishermen and rob builders have been trying to find. Look no further, we've got it!

(This item is very similar to what United Composites uses on their Rail Rods, but it's not exactly the same product. UC makes use of a more expensive USA made 3M product on their rail rods to protect the foregrip and add a bit of tackiness to prevent the rod from slipping on the rail. The Forecast product is an import. Works and applies the same way, does the same job, and is more readily available to rod builders and fishermen looking to enhance their rods.)

Buy Description Price
Forecast Cold Shrink 12 inch
1.9 inch inside diameter
Forecast Cold Shrink 18 inch
1.9 inch inside diameter

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2019 New Product

So, you're out fishing, have a couple rigs, one for bait and one for tossing iron. You have 'em both rigged, a lure and a hook hanging from their respective rods/reels. What do you do with the hooks dangling from the lure, what about the bait hook rig - what do you do with the hook?  Well, some might gouge the hypolan from the rod grip (though I'd never make that sacrifice) or some might just use one of the rod's guides as a hanging point. How about when you've cut off the hook and just have dangling braid or mono? Tie onto a guide? All these options can carry some risk and if you accidently damage a rod guide it can be both expensive to repair or it may cost you a fish...before you spend $30 or more fixing what you've done.  Here's a simple solution, a pretty creative idea in my estimation.

There's a better way to secure your rigs, safer, more convenient, with no downside risk.  Grab a few of these simple lure, hook and line holders. The product is made from durable Delrin material, with a larger space for inserting a hook and a round rubber grommet on the side for holding line.  There are two sizes, the small model is dandy for your inshore and freshwater rigs with the rubber grommet handling up to 30# line. The large size will handle 80-100# mono, and of course the hook keep will take larger hooks easily, 7/0-9/0.  


Buy Description Price
Katch Keeper Large Red $9.99
Katch Keeper Small Red $9.99
Katch Keeper Large Blue $9.99
Katch Keeper Small Blue $9.99
Katch Keeper Large Black $9.99
Katch Keeper Small Black $9.99

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If you have an interest in kayaking, this is a very useful part of your rod build.
Boomerang Retrieval devices were produced to eliminate a problem, lost rods/reels. The owner of the firm lost a $500 outfit, dropped in 45 feet of water - no way to retrieve for him. So, he came up with a solution...

The owner of the firm states:

Well, after five years and about fifteen different prototype versions, I feel like I finally have the product that I, and hopefully, all the other millions of fishermen in this country can be proud to have.

As a fisherman, I'm a purist, I want nothing on the rod and reel that doesn't help me catch fish or make catching fish a more exciting experience. So as I watched a couple other products come out and how they attached to the rod I knew something had to be done completely different. That's when I started studying the butt end of the fishing rods and how my retrieval device could be made to mimic the butt end of a fishing rod. I about got kicked out of Bass Pro for bringing my micrometer in and measuring all of the different rod diameters and handles, I got some weird looks for doing what I was doing.

Where did all this lead? Boomerang Retrieval Device. The device is:

Fully reloadable – reload as many times as you drop it into the water with just a simple Phillips screw driver and a new salt bobbin.

Adjustable – change the amount of fishing line that goes on the spool or how long it takes to set off underwater.

Light – prototypes weighing in at 1.45 oz, and production versions will likely be about an ounce. Ergonomic – once a couple of casts are made it will be virtually non- existent to the angler

And, the best thing about the Boomerang?  Well, imagine the last time a fishing rod slipped through your hands and was lost. This doesn't have to happen to you again! You can have a new "boomerang" reaction ... first it's a bunch of cuss words, then you will see the bobber and it's "damn, I'm glad I bought a boomerang".

Okay, so here's the deal, with this device you will need to cut off the but cap on your rod, or if building a rod incorporate one of the devices to the butt of the rod. It's not a hard process to have the piece installed, even comes with the two part adhesive to attaching. Now, once installed if you drop your rod/reel over the float will come to the surface making it possible to retrieve your gear. The product comes with about 50 feet of mono on a bobbin. If you need to deal with deeper water, then reload with 8-12 lb braid and you're good for 100 feet. We do stock other floatation devices for rods, but this is slicker no doubt. For a kayak fisherman, no need to swap out the mono for braid since most rolled 'yaks occur in the surf line so less than 50 feet. 

The white portion, float and bobin will deploy once
“Full Handle/Fighting Butt”  Black “Split Handle” Black
The full handle/fighting butt device is for the majority of saltwater oriented rods. Wider and shorter, use this one for your hypolon or eva grip rods. Split Grip Inshore device, replaces 1.5-2.5: long split grip butt handles. With a 2" mounting hole, most rods don't need to be trimmed.

Installation requires a bit of skill, not too much, but some experience and confidence is very helpful. We can  have our rod builder attach the device for you at a cost of $30 per rod plus shipping if required.


How the Retrieval System Works...

Installing the Boomerang Rod Butt Device



Buy Description Price
Boomerang Retrieval Device Split Grip $34.99
Boomerang Retrieval Device Full Grip $34.99
Boomerang Reloid Kit $12.99

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Stick Jacket

Fishing Rod Covers

The Stick Jackets are a little different than the typical fabric rod covers, or any other cover that we've come across. They are made from a tough polyethylene filament that's virtually impervious to salt as well as resistant to mold and mildew. The braided material behaves much like the old "Chinese finger trap" gripping your fishing rod for snug protection against unwanted damage to line guides and rod tips.


prevents tangled rods


easy push on/push off installation


protects rod guides & tips from damage


great for boat rod lockers and rod tubes


breathable & will not retain water


impervious to mold or mildew




you can hang rods for storage using the tough gromet at the cover's top


abrasion resistant and UV resistant

While the manufacturer makes a few sizes, most are only suitable for freshwater bass rods. These very useful rod covers take good care of your rod, and I'll often make use of them to both protect my rods during transport, storage and while on the boat when some rods may be unused.  Once I get home, I'll spray both the rod with cover, and then remove the cover to dry and further clean up my rods.  They do a great job protecting the rods and they do not absorb moisture. Many of the products made by this manufacturer are too small for the majority of saltwater rods, however we stock four sizes that are quite suitable for our uses. These extend down to the forgrip or right above the reel seat. They do NOT cover the entire rod. Made this way they can be used with the reel on the rod.

Big Game 6 - skinny sleeve like the red one's pictured right. Fits rods up to 8 1/2 feet long and 6 inch circumference

Big Game 7 - skinny sleeve like the red one's pictured right. Fits rods up to 9  1/2 feet long and 6 inch circumference

Spinning - This is perhaps the most useful size for the majority of saltwater oriented rods with larger guides as may be used for say 50# and up. If the guides are tall, get this version or the Magnum. If you are running spinning guides, then this is what's required. Fits rods up to 7 1/2" tall and a bit over 7" circumference. Best choice for trolling rods.

Magnum - For rods up to 8 1/2 feet long with a 7 5/8 circumference. Best for larger rods, larger guides.

Do understand these are not rod sleeves made to cover the entire rod, they are made to provide protection primarily for the guides and rod finish, made to end prior to the reel seat.

Buy Description Price
Stick Jacket Big Game 6 black $7.99
Stick Jacket Big Game 6 red $7.99
Stick Jacket Big Game 6 blue $7.99
Stick Jacket Big Game 7 black $8.99
Stick Jacket Big Game 7 red $8.99
Stick Jacket Big Game 7 blue $8.99
Stick Jacket Spinning
 5.5 feet length black
Stick Jacket Spinning
5.5 feet length red
Stick Jacket Spinning
5.5 feet length blue
Stick Jacket Magnum black $11.99
Stick Jacket Magnum red $11.99
Stick Jacket Magnum blue $11.99




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