|Moose antler line holders and tenkara rod plug|
The first Tenkara USA rod I purchased was a 12' Yamame and I have loved it since the day I received it. The only issue (if I can even call it an issue) was that the rod plug has always been a little loose and I have always worried that I would loose it. This is where that piece antler came in. I decided to carve a replacement rod plug just in case the original should be lost.
|Moose antler rod plug and original Yamame rod plug|
I have seen other types of rod plug replacements on the Tenkara USA forum before. Some have been made from foam or rubber. Most replacements are made from inexpensive materials and will serve the purpose quite nicely. However, I decided to make something that would last a little longer and might be just be good luck to have on me anyway. I think for the next one I may carve the top into some kind of figurine...perhaps a trout.