I like to collapse my Soyokaze rod and keep my line attached to the tip while moving between fishing spots. I have been using a piece of foam cut from a meat packing tray to wind the line onto, though light, it is a bit awkward with no means to attach it to the rod. It tends to flop around while walking and also does not secure the collapsed rod sections to keep the tip section from accidently being exposed and broken. I’ve been studying the spools designed for Tenkara fishermen for this same purpose and decided it was time to make my own after this style.
My micro-fishing setup typically includes a small float, some indicator beads and maybe a small split shot for weight. I wondered if these might present some challenges for this system as a Tenkara line is “clean”of these hindrances.
I have a small wood lathe in the shop that I use to make game calls, flutes, bowls etc. and also had a few scraps of wood flooring left over from building our house. This Chilean Cherry made a nice proto-type spool which I’ll take with me on my next trip. The small float etc. on the line seem to do fine. A couple design changes are already logged for the next version.
I believe it will work just fine for my micro-fishing and I also think it could serve the Tenkara fishermen as well.