ZimmerBuilt Spin/BFS Guide Sling

The ZimmerBuilt Tenkara Guide Sling was designed in collaboration with tenkara guides, who needed to carry multiple rods, flies, lines, etc for their clients. 

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 Guide Sling weighs 10.3 oz. The zippers are water resistant.

ZimmerBuilt Spin/BFS Guide Sling
(Rod cases, ZimmerBuilt Strap Pack and spinning reel not included)ZimmerBuilt Spin/BFS Guide Sling
(Rod cases, tenkara rod, ZimmerBuilt Strap Pack and spinning reel not included)

The Spin/BFS Guide sling differs from the Tenkara Guide Sling in one main respect. The Tenkara Guide Sling has molle webbing and shock cords across the top of the outer pocket. The Spin/BFS Guide sling has a second molle webbing along the bottom of the outer pocket. Two shock cords are fitted on the lower webbing, allowing you to securely hold two of the Long Rod Cases with shock cords top and bottom.

The lower molle webbing and shock cords offer a significant advantage over holding the Long Rod Cases in the external rod sleeves. If a two piece rod is held in the external rod sleeve, it will tower over the top of the sling and catch on branches as you walk down a streamside trail. The shock cords allow you to hold the Long Rod Case with the lower end quite a bit below the bottom of the sling. The top end will not stick out and catch on branches. You may have to remove the sling or rotate it around your body before sitting down, but that is a small price to pay for being able to carry two two-piece rods and not have them catch on branches.

If you would like to carry a baitcaster and a spinning rod, or a tenkara rod and either a baitcaster or a spinning rod, the ZimmerBuilt Spin/BFS Guide sling makes it a lot easier.

ZimmerBuilt Spin/BFS Guide Sling - $140

The Long Rod Case is a semi-rigid plastic case that weighs just 4.4 ounces. It will protect your 2-piece spinning or baitcasting rod when it is strapped to the ZimmerBuilt Spin/BFS Guide Sling or your backpack. Having a lightweight case that will protect one rod while you fish with a different rod makes it reasonable to carry two different rods, whether spinning and baitcasting, spinning and tenkara, baitcasting and tenkara, etc.

The case is adjustable for length (from 32 to 40 inches). The spiral ribbing, which allows you to twist it make it longer or shorter, also makes the surface effectively non-skid when you snug down the shock cords that come with the ZimmerBuilt Guide Sling.

The following spinning rods fit in the Long Rod Case:

Tenryu
Rayz RZ53UL
Rayz RZ56L
Rayz RZ65ML
Rayz RZ68LML
Rayz Spectra RZS51LL
Rayz Spectra RZS53LML
Lunakia LK632S-LMLS

Shimano
Trout One NS S50UL
Trout One NS S60UL
Cardiff Exlead AT S57SUL/R-GS
Soare Ajing S408UL-S

Daiwa
Daiwa Presso AGS 54XUL-S


The following baitcasters fit, but not easily. You have to squeeze the opening of the tube into an oval to accommodate the trigger. They do fit, though.

Tenryu
Rayz RZ53UL-BC
Rayz RZ56L-BC

Shimano
Trout One NS B47L
Trout One NS B50UL
Cardiff NX B64L
Cardiff AX B62SUL-RG

Daiwa
Area Bum 60L-B
Area Bum 62ML-B

Long Rod Case - $16

Warning:

The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.