ZimmerBuilt Tenkara Gear sets the standard for tenkara-specific packs and pouches. From the Tenkara Guide Sling, developed in close cooperation with the Tenkara Guides in Salt Lake City, to the small Tenkara Micro Pack, all are designed to meet a specific need and are made right here in the USA. You will not find better gear.
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Why is this called the Tenkara Guide Sling? Because is was designed by Tenkara Guides, that's why.
Just a rod, a line and a fly sounds great but it doesn't reflect reality, particularly if you need to carry more than one rod, plus a lunch, some water, a rain jacket, more than just one fly pattern, ... The list goes on.
If you're a guide, and have to carry stuff for your client in addition to yourself, or if you're a dad and have to carry stuff for your son or daughter in addition to yourself, you will definitely appreciate the capacity of the Tenkara Guide Sling. (And if you're a mom and have to carry stuff for the whole family, you absolutely, positively need a Tenkara Guide Sling!)
The main part of the pack is 19.5"x10"x3" and the second layer (Zimmer calls it the outer pocket) adds another 13"x9"x1.5". The Sling Pack has a small cuben fiber pouch in the main part of the pack and a mesh pouch in the outer pocket. The 2 external rod sleeves will hold 6 tenkara rods, even more keiryu rods or enough sieryu rods for a whole cub scout troup. The external rod sleeves can also double as pockets when you don't need to carry 4 rods. The shoulder strap has molle webbing to attach a Tenkara Chest Pack, Strap Pack or Micro Pack. The Tenkara Guide Sling weighs 10.25 oz. The zippers are water resistant.Zimmerbuilt Tenkara Guide Sling - $135
The Tenkara Sling Lite is smaller and simpler than the Tenkara Guide Sling. It has one compartment that measures 20"x8"x3" and has just about the space you'll need for your lunch, a water bottle, a rain jacket and a little bit of gear. And if you don't carry a lunch, some water, and a rain jacket, why in the world not? You don't have to get very far off the road to not be found quickly if you happen to fall and sprain an ankle. And even if you don't fall, having a bit of food and water with you makes for a more pleasant day on the stream.
The Tenkara Sling Lite has a bladder hook for a water bladder and a hose port at the top of the pack.
As with the Tenkara Guide Sling, the Tenkara Sling Lite has two rod sheaths on the back which will conveniently hold as many rods as you could want.
The shoulder strap has molle webbing to attach a Tenkara Chest Pack, Strap Pack or Micro Pack. The Tenkara Sling Lite weighs 7.7 oz and has a water resistant zipper.ZimmerBuilt Tenkara Sling Lite - $80
The Tenkara Chest Pack creates the ultimate tenkara fishing system when used with the Tenkara Guide Sling. The pack has a fully adjustable 3 point connection system that easily connects to the Tenkara Guide Sling. If you don't need to carry a lot of gear, the chest pack can also be used alone with the supplied webbing. The pack measures 8.5"x5.5"x2" and weighs 3oz. The pack features water resistant zippers.ZimmerBuilt Tenkara Chest Pack - $50
The Tenkara Strap Pack is designed to attach to the shoulder strap of the Tenkara Guide Sling, Tenkara Sling Lite or any other pack with shoulder strap webbing. The top opening and generous 6" x 4.5" x 2" dimensions allow easy access to a TenkaraBum Easy Grip fly box or C&F 1544 fly box, a Small Tenkara Line holder and two spools of tippet (sold separately). The front outside pocket will hold more tippet or small tools. The rear outside pocket will hold flat items like a package of tippet rings, a TipGrip or coiled line like the Nissin PALS SP Pro tapered fluorocarbon line. The Tenkara Strap Pack weighs just 1.5 oz. Two upper loops allow for easy connection of the supplied cord so the Tenkara Strap Pack can also be carried around your neck.ZimmerBuilt Tenkara Strap Pack - $30
The Tenkara Micro Pack is designed for those who travel light and carry just the essentials. It easily holds the TenkaraBum minimalist fly box, a line holder and a spool of tippet. The outside front pocket will hold your nippers or a second spool of tippet. It is also a handy accessory to the Tenkara Guide Sling - providing easy access to a few flies, a spool of tippet and a line holder. The pack measures 5"x3"x1.25" and weighs .75oz. The Micro Pack can be attached to the webbing of a shoulder strap or can be carried by the supplied lanyard.
Although designed to fit the strap of the Guide Sling or Sling Lite, the Micro Pack also fits the shoulder strap on the Ebira Plus quiver.ZimmerBuilt Tenkara Micro Pack - $20
The ZimmerBuilt Water Bottle Pocket was designed for backpacks but it also works nicely with the Guide Sling and Sling Lite. It attaches to the sling strap webbing so it is conveniently at hand (and it helps to offset the weight of the sling on your back). The sling strap is long enough to accommodate the Water Bottle Pocket and a Strap Pack or Micro Pack both. The bottle is secured to the pack via a top elastic cinch cord and cord lock.
The Water Bottle Pocket is 7" deep and holds a 24 oz sports drink bottle similar to the one shown (not included). The cinch cord and cord lock hold the bottle in place (and will also keep smaller 1 pint bottles from falling out when you bend over to unhook a fish).
|Some products, the more you use them, the more you see the flaws. The more I use the Sling Lite and Guide Sling, the more I appreciate their design and functionality.
John E, Texas