Kayak Storage for High-Quality Boats

Beautiful boats deserve beautiful storage. When you have high-quality canoes or kayaks, or both, why tuck them away or cover them up out of sight? The best way I’ve found to store my boats is a couple ingenious systems I’d gotten years ago from Talic Kayak Storage Systems in Auburn, NY. They’ve been in business since 1999 and now have a large selection of canoe and kayak storage systems to choose from.

The details of their systems vary, but the basic principle is the same: two brackets with webbing designed just for your craft attach to the wall studs of an inside wall to support boats from 6-foot squirt boats up to 20’ canoes. They make the parts from Baltic birch plywood, a high-quality, void-free material often used in cabinet making, yellow pine, stainless steel hardware, and high-quality webbing. The wood brackets attach to the wall studs and the webbing supports the boats, so no part of a boat touches the wood frames. It’s simple, elegant, and durable. They make all their products at their shop in Upstate New York.

Talic canoe and kayak storage provides substantial flexibility for boats of different lengths, widths, and heights. Following is a small selection of the systems they make for a variety of gear storage.

Talic Kayak Tilt XL

The Tilt is their best seller, as it will fit most boats. The photos show you how it works, and the magic here is that it can handle boats of any length and width. The only limiting factor is the height at the gunwale – the top outer edge of the boat’s hull. If that’s 14” or less, as is the case with almost all recreational canoes and kayaks, that boat will fit on the Tilt. The brackets for the Tilt system quickly fold up when not in use, freeing space for other uses.

To check if the Tilt will work for your kayak, you need to measure 36” on both sides of the fore/aft centerline to get the gunwale measurement, as that’s where the brackets should be located. Set the boat on the floor, take a measurement 36” on either side of the centerline, and that’s it. When stored on the rack, the boat is cradled securely and gently on its side on the brackets. Don’t worry about the hull flexing; the gunwale is the most structurally sound section of the boat. High-quality boats also have plenty of structural rigidity to easily keep their shape.

Woodlands Starter Kit 1

This is a grouping of their modular Woodlands system. This system is much like the Tilt, but holds two boats and up to five paddles on specifically made paddle racks. Maximum height of your boat is 12” at the gunwale (so, not as deep as the Tilt) and maximum boat width is unlimited. This modular system uses two rails that attach to the wall studs with cradles for the boats and accessories which fit into slots on the rails. Accessory brackets will hold fly rods, skis, and bikes, and you can also add shelves for all the other miscellaneous gear needed for your sports and activities.

Woodlansd Starter Kit 2

The Woodlands Starter Kit 2 accommodates two narrow kayaks in a flat posture and up to five paddles. The kit contains the two 60” vertical rails that attach to the wall studs, two sets of deep hull boat brackets, and one set of paddle storage brackets. Check out the accessory brackets and shelves, which even includes clothes hanger rods so you can hang jackets and PFDs to dry.

Talic Canoe Roost

The Canoe Roost can handle big boats up to 40” wide and 100 pounds. Thanks to the 2 inch wide webbing which conforms to every curve to distribute the weight evenly, you can store the boat hull-down rather than gunwale-down, but it’s really up to you. Either way works fine. This system folds up so it’s out of the way when not in use. Folded, the system sticks out only 3.5” from the wall.

Talic Kayak Condo XL

The Kayak Condo comes in two versions, for one boat or two, for kayaks up to 28” wide. The single rack will hold boats up to 90 pounds, and the double racks will hold two boats at 90 pounds each. The arms fold up when not in use, and like all their kayak storage systems, it’s made of yellow pine, Baltic birch plywood, stainless steel hardware, and 2” webbing.

All these systems are designed to be used indoors. Some people have applied a high-quality exterior deck seal for use outside, but I still prefer keeping boats inside. The sun is rough on any surface over time. Well, maybe not granite, but it’s definitely rough on wood and webbing. Again, it’s up to you.

If you’re having trouble figuring out which system will work best for your needs, just email them and they’ll help you choose. Just keep in mind that all these systems will accommodate most kayaks, SUPs, and surfboards, while larger boats like canoes may need the Canoe Roost for example. The length of your boat(s) doesn’t usually matter, as the systems are flexible in their placement. There are some guidelines, as you don’t want the racks to be too far apart, which could cause the boat to sag in the middle. That’s why they recommend you don’t hang boats from the grab handles on the ends, or hanging canoes from the breasthooks at the bow and stern. And if you want to store two boats of quite different length, such as a short whitewater kayak and a canoe, that probably won’t work with just one system.

As for installation, all their systems are designed to be attached to the wall studs, as drywall anchors are not as reliable. They can guide you on hardware choice, including for masonry walls. And you can mount your system at any height on the wall that works best for you. If you have plenty of room, storing boats lower means less lifting. In a tight space, mount your racks higher on the wall to use the space below or maintain clearance for moving about.

That may seem like a lot of information, but it’s pretty straightforward, and they’re ready to help if you have any questions. 

Happy paddling!

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Places to Fly Fish in Oregon. By Season

Oregon offers spectacular fishing. Fresh or salt, a lifetime is barely enough to scratch the surface of all the possibilities.

The picturesque North-western state offers all the abundance of the Pacific while boasting countless miles of rivers and lakes for the fresh-minded angler. 

Today we’ll pay homage to fresh and identify great locations to cast a fly all year round.

While there’s action to be had for the salty fly angler, today it’s all about the browns, rainbows, bulls, and salmon. 

Moreover, it’s about using the most ancient and celebrated technique, fly fishing.

Oregon locals may well be very familiar with the information below. Nonetheless, read-on. 

You can revisit that which you may have taken for granted – something many of us do when blessed with such abundance.

This article is more for the visitor to Oregon. We want to highlight a few places visitors can cast a fly with a likelihood of a scaly return, regardless of the season.

Note:

Before we get started, it’s important to mention that like everywhere else in the US, fishing regulations apply. Make sure you are fully versed in the local rules before you fish.

Visitors to Oregon are well-advised to check local regional regulations as an integral part of their trip planning.

Keep in mind, the rules you faced on your last visit may have changed, so it pays to check up every time.

Fly Fishing Oregon in the Fall and Winter

Things might be beginning to cool down following the summer frenzy, but this is no time to prep your fly kit for hibernation.

If you fish in the fall you can still utilize many kinds of fishing rods without freezing. 

Winter is a different story…winter kit is essential.

Visitors and locals alike are often content simply soaking up the spectacular fall color, caring less about the action on their 5 weight. 

Oregon’s rivers are genuinely a sight to behold in fall and right through the winter.

Who am I kidding? It’s about fishing, right?

Salmon and steelhead are highly sought when things turn chilly. The trout get pretty lazy, but they still devour well-placed nymphs, and monster trout are definitely on the cards.

The Sandy River

Portland is a thriving center for commerce and a popular destination for visitors to Oregon – both business and leisure travelers.

A 40-minute drive from the city will bring you to the Oxbow Regional Park and the Sandy River.

In terms of fishing, there are more prolific offerings, however, proximity to the city, ease of fishing, and the natural beauty so close to the metropolitan hustle and bustle make the Sandy worth a shot.

Coho and chinook are on offer this time of year, with the latter only occasional, and runs tend to vary year to year.

The Sandy earns its mention for proximity. It’s ideal for downtime whilst on a business trip. Hire a car and get amongst it.

The Sandy is a great place with kids in tow, as the river is easily fished, regardless of competency.

The Salmon River. Keeping it Closer to Town

The Salmon River is a Sandy river tributary. The small river looks untouched by human intervention, defying the impacts of its proximity to a well-used highway that runs alongside a significant portion of it.

It’s the highway location that, like the Sandy River into which it runs, makes it convenient for time-poor traveling anglers to get in a day trip.

Chinook is available in numbers from mid-fall through to the end. Come the winter, it’s the Steelhead that will take top billing.

Chinook is, of course, arguably the most sought-after freshwater fish in Oregon. A fall trip to the Salmon is a sure bet for the most famous of our salmon, and the sport on fly gear is breathtaking.

The scenery is also breathtaking, ensuring that even though your time there may be limited, you can still get immersed in the Oregon wilderness, and dreams of a PB chinook.

Chinook and Steelhead from the Main Umpqua River

The Main Umpqua is formed by the joining of the North and South Umpqua rivers. From here it travels a touch over a hundred miles to the Pacific.

This is one heck of a location for fishing all year round, from the tidal influence all the way upstream to where the two Umpqua rivers become one.

The traveling fly angler can have a ball here. With time on your hands, you can visit the numerous historic towns, share fishing tales over a social drink, having just created your own “one that got away” adventure.

The Main Umpqua will deliver steelhead all year round but come end July through October, the chinook will offer spectacular sport. 

November brings an end to the big chinook numbers, but they’ll still be about until the cold sets in for winter.

Where Will You Find Oregon Trout in Winter and Fall?

Don’t let the cool weather turn you off an Oregon trout hunt. Of course, you’re not going to get thrill a minute trout action. Come the winter and fall, it’s not about quantity.

It’s at this time of year you need to change your strategy and recognize that one to three fish in a session is a great day out.

In the cooler months, it’s all about fishing nymphs. Makes sure you’re prepared with dry flies.

When you choose a river, get some local advice about where to find the slower moving stretches of the river. 

The trout have slowed for winter and are lethargic at best. Energy conservation is important for them, as they’re eating far less.

Make sure you have a plan to cover as much territory as thoroughly as possible. 

The sluggish winter trout couldn’t care less about your nymph, unless, of course, it’s dropped right in front of its nose.

Drop it in its face, and you’re sure to inspire an attack. After all, they’ve still got to eat.

Sessions will be short come the depths of winter. You will only have a window of a few hours per day. Fish efficiently and deliberately.

However, the fishing is unlikely to be fish on fish, so you’ll have time to absorb the beauty around you as you cast methodically.

Use small flies and as light a tippet as you dare. This is a tough balancing act. While the time of year necessitates lighter rigs, there’s still big trout taking little flies; being underpowered can be heartbreaking.

Go to a tackle store and get some local advice before you head out to your chosen spot. 

Local knowledge is everything here, particularly in winter and fall. Get an idea of what you’re likely to encounter so you can pack and rig appropriately.

Remember safety. It’s can get cold…to say the least. Let people know where you’re going and your return time.

Take a change of warm clothes and keep them in a dry bag. People fall in, particularly around the slippery icy areas. 

Hypothermia sets in quickly, and I guarantee you, it’ll wreck a perfect day out.

There are plenty of stunning locations to find cold-weather trout in Oregon. For the dedicated, you will be rewarded by the opportunity to fish a river in solitude, without another angler for miles.

Here’s a list of likely locations for winter and fall trout in Oregon.

  • Owyhee River
  • Deschutes River (lower)
  • Klamath River
  • Crooked River
  • Metolius River


Fly Fishing Oregon in the Spring and Summer

If you’re a fly angler, and not from Oregon, you must put Oregon on your bucket list. The summer offers a huge number of fly fishing choices throughout.

Of course, the trout come on the chew…big time. So, unlike the winter, you can catch your limit via non-stop action.

Steelhead are still available in the warmer months, and despite their ordinary flavor, few fish can match their sporting attraction.

Kokanee are also a must for visitors to Oregon. Records are available, and there’s nothing better than taking a record from a local.

For me, the big drawcard is the trout. While many locations offer big bulls (watch regulations), and big browns, I’m astonished at the reports of average rainbow sizes.

If you’re looking for a rainbow PB, Oregon has a few places that demand a visit. 

While it’s recommended you get some local advice, all experienced fly anglers will be able to make their way to the productive areas.

Whitefish are abundant and will possibly annoy fly anglers looking for a genuine trout experience.

However, their “trash fish” reputation is undeserved. They are in fact very important to the health of the river systems and act as an important litmus test for river health. 

What’s more, they’re great fun to catch and great to eat.

Fly Fishing Wallowa Lake

The Department of Wildlife stock the Wallowa annually. With the release of thousands of catchable fish, the Wallowa remains a hot-spot for rainbows, as they’re there in great numbers.

There’s plenty for all, which is great because the Wallowa is popular come the warmer months.

For those wanting a larger class of rainbow, the Wallowa is a must, with rainbows to 20 inches being common. Land-based, or afloat, there’s plenty of options for the lake’s best fish

Kokanee is available too. They offer outstanding sport, and it’s a likely location to bag yourself a record with a little dedication and targeting. Get some local tips.

Steelhead can be caught in the summer, but it’s October to March that brings on the best steelhead experience.

The city of Joseph is well located for accessing the best spots. There’s plenty of accommodation, with camping and vacation rentals readily available.

Fly Fishing Wickiup Reservoir

Kokanee, browns, and rainbows are the order of the day at Wickiup. The reservoir is an important irrigation supply, and water levels can vary significantly depending on rainfall.

Despite the frequent water level variations, there are always plenty of summer opportunities for the fly angler, with huge trout being the target for most.

Rainbows and browns frequent the 5 to 8-pound mark. It’s the browns, however, that inspire the dreams of record breakers, with browns reaching over 20 pounds; a true catch of a lifetime. 

In fact, the Wickiup is often billed as the state’s best brown trout location.

This title is very debatable, however. Locals will certainly argue that Paulina lake is best as it holds the current record of a  28-pound, 5-ounce fish. Pauline Lake, like Wickiup, is a short drive from Bend.

Wickiup is the state’s second-largest reservoir, so there’s plenty of water for anglers to explore, and you can certainly find your own space when angler numbers are up.

There are 6 campgrounds for anglers to base themselves, all of which have boat ramps for convenient launching.

The Wickiup is also renowned for its stunning wildlife, delivering a stunning attraction while fishing or during downtime.

Wickiup is a leisurely 60-minute drive, northwest of Bend. A day trip from Bend is certainly on the cards for the early riser.

Fly Fishing the Crooked River

The famous Crooked River is a 125-mile trout bonanza that flows into the Deschutes River. 

The river is easily accessed from Prineville, Oregon’s oldest city. This is high desert land, offering magnificent vistas of the surrounding mountains.

The riverside geography lends to easy casting, making this an ideal place for the beginner to hone their skills.

Locals will tell you that nymph fishing is the local preference, but dry flies are on when the hatch is on.

The Crooked is all about trout numbers. There’s plenty of them. So if non-stop trout action is your thing, the Crooked is the place to be.

Estimates put trout numbers at several thousand trout per mile. This is great news because following the 2015-16 drought the river’s trout were all but wiped out.

While the numbers are certainly as good as you’d get anywhere, fly anglers will have to suffice with average fish sizes of 8 to 12 inches.

There are some samples reaching the 16-inch mark, but those looking for trophy trout will have to wait a few years for the post-drought fish to reach maturity.

While the Crooked is at its absolute best in the summer, it will also produce good numbers of fish trout in the cold months. 

The weather is also usually agreeable in the cooler months, with frequent sunny days.

The Oregon Fly Fishing Wrap

Clearly, this article barely scratches the surface, but if nothing else, it provides visiting fly anglers with a starting point.

Locals will agree that volumes could be written about each river, stream, lake and tiny tributary throughout Oregon, such is the depth and variety of Oregon’s fisheries.

Oregon offers spectacular fly fishing all year round. Whether it’s rainbows, browns or the elusive bulls that are your thing. 

Or perhaps you’re after the intense sport of mega salmon and steelhead. Oregon has it all. With over 300 miles of Pacific coastline, there’s no shortage of salty options in Oregon. 

But the fresh stuff is where it’s at in Oregon. It’s a 365 days per year fly anglers paradise from border to border, from the mountains to the sea.

Oregon delivers with day trips, weekend adventures, and holiday fly fishing expeditions. They understand fly fishing, so they’ll understand you.

Most importantly, Oregon has a waterway to suit your fly skills, your budget, and your time restraints. Here’s a detailed map so you can start planning your next Organ fly fishing trip

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How to Store Your Water Sporting Gear

If you want your water sporting and outdoor equipment to last as long as possible, it’s essential to store it properly. Your gear is a considerable cost investment, so maintaining it for the long term will help you get as much value from it as possible. Even if you choose to upgrade to newer equipment, you’ll be able to sell older gear more easily if it’s been well maintained. Here, we’ll outline in detail how to properly stow and maintain the most popular water sporting gear.

Fishing

Fishing is a popular pastime all across North America. Some standard fishing gear includes rods, reels, fishing lines, hooks, lures, floats, and nets. Many people who fish care for their tackle meticulously, but if you’re new to the sport, you will definitely want to follow some of the most common dos and don’ts.

Do

Keep your fishing poles dry

Store your fishing poles and reels off the ground

Clean your rods and reels after every use

Lubricate parts before putting them into storage for an extended period of time


 Don’t

Allow your poles to get too hot or too cold

Don’t stow your rods in direct sunlight

Don’t allow saltwater to sit on your poles after use (salt is corrosive)

Don’t store your fishing poles with the old line still attached

Preparing Your Fishing Tackle for Storage

It’s crucial to clean your fishing gear after each use, whether you’ve been fishing in fresh or saltwater. Dirt and minerals from the water can sit on your poles and reels, staining them or reducing their functionality over time. You’ll also need to unspool your reels and loosen your drag. Don’t forget to lubricate the mechanical/moveables for storage during the cold season. Although you can use common oil for this task, you may want to opt for specially formulated fishing tackle lubricants.

How and Where to Store Your Fishing Gear

There are many ways to store your fishing gear, but you’ll want to ensure that you don’t stow your equipment in a place that’s subject to temperature extremes. For instance, a detached garage without temperature control may be subject to freezing temperatures and, at other times, high humidity. These extreme weather conditions can warp your poles or damage your other tackle. It’s best to store your fishing equipment in your home or a temperature-controlled garage if possible. 

You can purchase ready-made fishing rod racks or even build your own using two wall shelves and storage bins for your reels, lures, sinkers, etc. Be sure that you keep your tackle away from falling objects or in areas where children play, as your items can break easily. You can also procure a strong tackle box to stow your fishing line, hooks, lures, etc.

Surfing

Surfboards and wetsuits can involve some pricey expenditures. Plus, if you love your gear and enjoy using it, you’ll want it to last. Caring for your surf gear well will help you enhance its longevity.

Cleaning

Saltwater can take a toll on all sorts of water sporting equipment, including your surfboard. Before placing your board in storage for even a short time, you should always ensure it’s dry and clean. Cleaning involves removing old wax. If the weather is hot and sunny, let your board sit in the sunshine for about ten minutes; the sun and heat will loosen the wax, making it easy for you to remove with a commercial wax comb or an old credit card. 

Otherwise, it’s never a good idea to stow your surfboard in the sun or extreme heat. Rather than letting it sit in your garage, bring it indoors where it won’t be affected by temperature extremes. After removing the wax and fins from your board, you can stow your board on a rack.

 Some common types of surfboard racks include:

Finger grip rack

Surfboard wall sling

Hawaiian gun rack

Modular surfboard rack

Surfboard ceiling rack

Wall-mounted surfboard rack

Vertical surfboard rack

Freestanding surfboard rack

Windsurfing

Storing your windsurfing equipment properly will not only help you get more value from your gear, but it will also help you maintain it for safety when you’re out on the water. Salt and sand are not friends with your windsurfing gear, so after each use, you’ll want to clean your items carefully and never stow them without doing so. 

Preparing your Windsurfing Gear for Storage

First, as mentioned, you’ll want to clean your items carefully. Even if you’ve used this gear in freshwater, you should subject it to cleaning with clean tap water from a faucet or hose. Before placing it in storage, you should ensure that you rig the tour sail correctly; don’t crush or fold the sail as creases could mar it if stowed for an extended period of time.

Storage Tips

Before stowing your windsurfing equipment, remove the foot straps and keep them separate. Avoid storing your equipment in your garage or direct sunlight. The best place to store this gear is within your temperature-controlled house. Temperature extremes or high humidity aren’t good for most sporting gear. 

Kayaking

Due to their size, kayaks can be a challenge to store. However, properly storing your kayak, life jackets, and other related gear will keep them in optimum–and safe–condition. 

Where to Store Your Kayak

If possible, it’s ideal to store your kayak indoors so that it’s sheltered and protected from pests like insects or rodents. If you can’t keep it indoors, be sure that you protect it from the sun and weather. Temperature extremes are not good for your kayak or any of your related gear.

How to Store Your Kayak

You should try to store your kayak on a rack that’s specially designed for the purpose. To conserve floor space, you might opt to stow your collection on wall mounted slings which do an excellent job of dispersing pressure across a large area. Never store your boat on solid arms, or suspend your kayak by the grab hooks as you risk bending it.

Before mounting or suspending your kayak, be sure to clean it. Whether it’s been in fresh or saltwater, avoid using chemicals or heavy detergents to clean its surface. Instead, opt for clean water and gentle soap. Thoroughly dry all surfaces before you store your kayak. Don’t forget to clean your kayak’s accessories, including its paddles and life jackets, and keep those in a clean, dry place as well. 

Rowing

Rowing equipment can quickly become damaged if not stored properly. In fact, some insurance experts report that more damage occurs to this type of equipment when in storage than on the water. 

Where to Store Rowing Equipment

Ideally, a boathouse is the most suitable setting for rowing equipment storage. If possible, you might even transform a section of your two or three-car garage into your rowing equipment storage area. As with other types of water sporting gear, store your rowing equipment somewhere clean and dry, somewhere that is pest-free and not subject to direct sunlight, weather, or extreme temperatures.

How to Store Rowing Equipment

When storing your rowing gear, clean all items thoroughly. Then, use marine wax to coat your rowing boat before placing it in storage. Be sure that you winterize launch motors and remove any batteries from items like flashlights or radios. Always store fuel tanks with care in well-ventilated areas. You should unplug any electrical items and try to check on your equipment periodically.

Scuba Diving

Sun, water, and salt can undermine the longevity of your scuba gear, so maintaining these items is all about cleaning them carefully after each use and storing them in a cool, dry place. Not only can salt and sun cause wet- and dry-suit colors to fade, but these elements can cause the fabric to become brittle and stiff.

Where to Store Scuba Gear

Scuba gear involves a wide range of equipment, including wet-suits/dry-suits, computers, regulators, cameras, and accessories like fins, masks, and snorkels. It’s not a good idea to store these items in your garage where they could be vulnerable to pests, humidity, and temperature extremes that could not only affect how long they last but also render them unsafe for use. 

It’s best to store your scuba gear inside your home where you control the temperature. Keep these items out of direct sunlight and away from children and pets. 

How to Store Scuba Gear

As with the other gear listed, scuba gear needs a thorough cleaning before placing it in storage. Remove all traces of saltwater and sand. Here are some dos and don’t for scuba storage to keep in mind:

Do

Rinse regulators while they’re still attached to tanks to prevent water from getting into the first stage

Rinse fins, masks, and snorkels with clean, fresh water

Allow items to dry before placing in storage fully

Remove batteries from computers and cameras if you’re storing them for an extended period of time

Rub stainless steel knives with petroleum jelly when stowing for a long time.

Don’t

Store items such as your wetsuit in direct sunlight

Don’t store items damp or wet

Don’t store scuba gear outdoors

Use these tips to keep your water sporting gear in tip-top condition and ready for use. In some cases, especially when your equipment involves a substantial investment, you may want to acquire some insurance for these items and discuss additional care steps with your insurance provider.

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Woodlands Fly Road Storage Kit

Calling all fishermen and women! Whether you are a deep sea and ocean fishing enthusiast, a freshwater fishing expert, or have a passion for both, you’ll likely find yourself in possession of quite a few rods. Naturally, you’ll want to display those rods and reels with pride – somewhere they’ll be easy to view, access, and enjoy even when you’re not on the water. That’s where we come in. Safely and conveniently store and organize your fishing rods with our Woodlands Horizontal Fishing Rod Rack.

Some racks can look too spartan, are complicated to install, take up too much space, or can ruin the look of a room once installed. Not so with the Woodlands rack. Keep your fishing rods stored in a visually appealing way – our racks are handsome as well as easy to use. With our Woodlands Horizontal Fishing Rod Rack you can store your rods in a garage, shed, basement, living room, cabin, beach house, entry way, even a bedroom. With an attractive design, our racks can fit into any decor. Made with baltic birch plywood and premium grade ash, they’ll look great storing up to five fly rods and reels.

Easy to mount, our specially tailored kit includes everything you’ll need to display and store your rods and reels. The Woodlands Horizontal Fishing Rod Rack system is designed with deep troughs so you can be assured your rods will stay in place. Taking up a minimal amount of space, they look fantastic in both home or cabin – or anywhere else you decide to install them!

Whether fishing is your passion or simply a hobby, Get the sleek, organized look you crave by putting your rods and reels on display with the ultimate storage solution. No more digging through a shed or garage corner, no more propping your rods against a wall, hoping things don’t become tangled or get knocked over. The Woodlands Horizontal Fishing Rod Rack can easily be mounted in any convenient spot, keeping your rods and reels organized, easy to access, and safe from damage.

Quality construction, low profile, and proudly made here in the USA, our Woodlands Horizontal Fishing Rod Rack is the best way to store your fishing rods, hands down. Their extreme popularity led us to put them together with everything you need, including the mounting screws, so you quickly get your rods and reels stored when not in use and get back to fishing. Expansive capacity means your fly rods will fit neatly. More than five rods to store? The vertical rails are 7” tall, and extend only 13” from the wall, meaning they take up minimal space. Grab a few racks, and create a display that meets your needs. The racks look great stacked or mounted side by side. Whatever the look you choose, you’ll be glad you picked our racks to store your fishing gear.

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How to Store your Beloved Bike: Tips and Tricks

It is important to know how to store your bicycle. Here are some considerations when thinking about bicycle storage for your needs.

Types of Bicycles

When planning your bicycle storage, consider what type of bicycles you will be storing:

  • Road bicycles are lightweight bicycles with skinny, low-tread tires. They are designed for fast travel on paved roads. If you commute, you will want a storage option that allows for quick retrieval and parking.
  • Mountain bicycles are heavy-duty bicycles with wide treaded wheels. They provide plenty of shock absorption suitable for riding unpaved trails. These bikes can get quite muddy, so outdoor storage may be preferable.
  • Electric bicycles are outfitted with a battery-powered motor, making cycling accessible for all. Whether storing indoors or outside, make sure you protect the motor of this type of bicycle from rain and wind.
  • Folding bicycles are a compact, commuter-friendly option that’s portable and easy to store. You may be able to get by with a simple rack or even a shelf to store this type of bicycle.
  • Recumbent bicycles are low to the ground and offer a unique silhouette to consider for your storage solution. They’re a great candidate for an outdoor bicycle shed or tent.

Do you have multiple types of bicycles to store? Will you get a new type of bicycle in the future? Plan ahead to save on installation costs.

Bicycle Storage Consideration

There are a number of important factors to consider when planning your storage solution.

The size of your bicycles determines which storage options will minimize the space they take up. Consider both the frame and the size of your wheels. Depending on the space you have available, you may want to store your bicycle with the side flat against the wall, or vertically with wheels perpendicular to the wall.

The type of bicycle you own can also guide your decision. Do you own a road bike that you use to commute every day? Or do you own a mountain bike that you take out for weekend rides twice a month? Some storage options are more accessible than others.

Check the weight of your bicycles and make sure whatever option you select can provide the support it needs. Lightweight road bikes can be mounted on most hooks and walls. If you own a heavy mountain bike, you might want to consider a floor rack or a hoist with a high weight limit.

Will strangers have access to your bicycle storage area? If so, you will want to research security options to prevent theft. Chains and locks go a long way to protect your bicycle, but make sure you secure your wheels, frame, handlebars, and seat. Keep your bicycle covered for extra security through obscurity.

Wall and floor protection is another factor. This is an important consideration for tenants and homeowners alike. Tires can leave unsightly marks, and it only takes one wrong move to knock a hole in the drywall with a heavy bike. If your bicycle storage will have high traffic, try to install it in an area that can support it.

  • Will you store your bicycle indoors or outside? Both offer pros and cons:
  • Indoor storage keeps your bicycle better secured against the elements and from theft.
  • However, indoor storage can also increase the risk of damaging floors and walls. It is also inconvenient if you live on the second floor or higher of a building.
  • Outdoor storage ensures more room to keep your bicycle and less worry about the mess when engaging in repair and maintenance.
  • But outdoor storage also requires that you take steps to cover your bicycle and invest in a security solution.

Whether you live in a home or an apartment will determine what kind of storage you have at your disposal. You might prefer outdoor storage, but you simply may not have the option. This is where creative indoor solutions really shine.

Bike storage is something you can do yourself. It can be a fun weekend project that lets you exercise your creativity and craftsmanship. It’s a great way to free up space and help organize your bicycle repair workspace at the same time.

For expediency’s sake, you may want to hire a professional. A professional installer can ensure security and quality in a fraction of the time it takes to install by yourself.

Best Way to Store your Bicycle at Home or your Apartment

There are a multitude of indoor storage solutions at your disposal. The best indoor storage is the one that promotes ease of use while ensuring minimal space usage.

Try a wall-mounted storage hook. This lets you display your bike in the hallway or in a room while minimizing its space profile. You can also use a storage hook in the garage to keep your bicycle out of the way of your car.

A bike storage wall provides room to stack multiple bikes in the same area. This is a great solution for households with multiple riders, or for the avid collector.

If you have a room with high ceilings or a garage, you can store your bicycle high on the wall with a hoist and pulley system. This is an intriguing space-saving solution that makes it easy to retrieve your bicycle when you need it.

For the best space-saving option, outdoor storage solutions are the way to go. A parking rack offers a classic organizational system with a chic urban feel. Standing wall racks let you stack multiple bikes vertically.

A covered balcony combines the space-saving convenience of outdoor storage with the protection and security of indoor options. You can even use your balcony as a repair and maintenance area with the addition of shelving and tool racks.

For maximum security outdoors, look into installing a bike storage shed. Not only will this prevent theft, but it will also protect your valuable bikes from rain and wind damage. Wood options are relatively lightweight and durable. Metal options provide superior impact resistance for high-wind situations.

If you’re looking for a minimalist solution, try these low-fuss options:

  • A simple kickstand attachment keeps your bicycle standing upright.
  • A gravity rack leans against the wall and uses the force of gravity to secure your bicycle.
  • A floor rack organizes one or multiple bicycles in a standing position.

 Looking to add that extra-special touch to your decor? Get creative by using your bicycle rack as a statement piece.

  • An upright storage solution can work as a room divider to section a larger space. Use in a large living room to form multiple areas for dining and socializing. It makes an incredible conversational piece for friends and family.
  • Take advantage of high ceilings and turn your bicycle into a crowd-wowing display item with wall brackets mounted high on the wall. This is an excellent option for collectors with rare rides to show off.
  • Display your bike above your bed or dresser for a charming addition to your bedroom decor. Enthusiasts will love the opportunity to showcase a vintage bicycle, or to keep a treasured possession close by.

Your bicycle can remain relatively clean indoors, but dust can build up on moving parts and hinder smooth operation. A textile cover is a fantastically simple solution to extend the maintenance of your bike indoors. Outdoor solutions include waterproof tents and sheds sized for your bicycle.

Core Bicycle Repair/Maintenance Items

Some storage solutions provide extra space for repair and maintenance essentials. This maximizes convenience and makes repair accessible. Be sure to include these items in your storage repair kit.

  • A floor pump with a pressure gauge lets you swiftly inflate your tires with just the right amount of air.
  • Hex wrenches in different sizes let you remove and adjust bike components in a jiffy.
  • A selection of brushes and rags work to remove grime and oil that build up with daily use.

Bonus: For the passionate competitor

Want to boost your accomplishments in a unique way? Put your race bibs, medals, and trophies on display for all to see.

  • A standard hook rack lets you hang medallions with ease.
  • A specialized bib and medal display option consists of a panel to showcase your race bibs along with a series of staggered hooks for hanging medals.
  • Make your own medal rack from everyday items. You can use a tie rack, an ornament tree, or construct your own with hooks screwed into a wooden dowel.
  • A hook rack with a display shelf on top provides a handy home for your treasured award, while medals dangle below from the row of hooks.
  • A standing shelf gives you plenty of space for all your trophies, while bibs can be displayed in easel-back photo frames as a charming complement.

Bicycle storage doesn’t have to break the bank. There are many options available to suit everyone. Whether you’re a casual rider, a daily commuter, or a weekend warrior, your bicycle will benefit from a dedicated storage solution. Prolong the life of your bicycle and protect your treasured possession with a storage solution customized to your lifestyle.

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Fan Mail

Dear Jeannie,

This note is so long over-due, but better late than never. 
Last November you delivered our Owasco kayak storage system to us…. and, after the completion of our storage shed, and after this long winter we just had, we finally got the kayak storage set up a couple weeks ago.  It could not be more PERFECT!!!   We are absolutely SO excited and in love with this storage system!  It fits perfectly in our storage shed, and our kayaks are neatly and safely stored… and so easy to lift off when we are ready to go out for some adventure.  Thank you SO much!!  Thank you so much for your outstanding communication, for your outstanding service, and thank you for making this outstanding work of art for us to store our kayaks on!!  We are very impressed and extremely happy!We hope that you are all staying healthy… and truly wish you the very best!  With our sincere thanks,

Catherine and John P

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Serious tie down straps for all seasons

Most kayakers use cam straps to tie down their kayaks. Here’s an option for those times when you need a little more gripping power. The FlipTite tie-down strap is just as easy to use as a cam strap but tightens just as much as ratchet strap.

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Talic- Voted into top 10 Bike Racks

Ok, so we’re number ten. But hey, we made it, didn’t we? We are so honored and it happened all while we were unaware. One day we got a notice that said we were in the top ten of all the bike racks in the world. Well, what were we to think? It’s a joke. It’s a scam. But check out this video. It’s the real deal! And look, we are the first ones in the video. Sweet!

https://wiki.ezvid.com/best-bike-wall-mounts

The unfortunate part is that they had reviewed an earlier version. The racks that we make now are much stronger. We changed the design slightly, beefed it up a bit, and the rack can easily support up to 150 pounds or more.  Gosh, we sure hope your bike doesn’t weigh that much! 

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The Legendary Atchafalaya has lost it’s Keeper

We recently learned that Greg Ghirard has died.

If you have never heard of Greg, let me tell you a little about him.  

Tim and I were blessed to meet Greg in November 2015.  New found friends of ours in Baton Rouge, LA arranged for us to meet him at his home on the Atchafalaya Basin, St. Martin Parish, LA.   Greg welcomed us into his home, self-constructed of hand-hewn cypress boards he himself salvaged from the bottom of the Basin.  To meet Greg was to be in the presence of someone holy.  He had an aura of peace around him.  He was passionate about the survival of the world, especially that of his home in the Atchafalaya Basin.  He could navigate the bayous with his eyes shut, just about, as could his best friend Roy Blanchard, whom we spent the afternoon with traversing between and around cypress trees and knees on his home-made aluminum boat.

To walk onto Greg’s yard, you were first met with barns of wood – lots of wood.  There was wood everywhere, leaning against tree trunks, abandoned old trucks, barn walls.  Yet he knew where every piece was.  He explained to us how he reclaimed the sunken cypress, showed us the pocky cypress, and then gave us a piece to take home! 

But Greg was much more than a woodworker.  He was a photographer, an author, a teacher, a naturalist – the Basin Keeper.  In The Land of Dead Giants, Greg wrote about a life growing up in the Basin.  In all of his books – Inherit the Atchafalaya, Seasons of the Light and Atchafalaya Autumn to name a few, when you open the cover, you are rewarded with mesmerizing photographs of the Bayou, from the eyes of a true Cajun.  

Greg was a gentle man.  A passionate, loving, caring, honest friend of all.  When you were with Greg, you fell silent, not wanting to miss anything he had to say with his soft-spoken voice.   

As we prepared to depart Greg’s home (after failed attempts to get his resident crocodile to come out for a bite to eat), he invited us back, anytime.  My hope was to visit him again, to listen to his words of wisdom.  Greg gave us a warm embrace, and in that moment, we knew we were in the presence of one of God’s chosen ones.

You’ve done well Greg.  Rest in peace.  We’ll take care of the Basin for you.

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Snow in summer maybe?

I’m always a bit surprised when we get so many orders during the summer months for Ski Racks. Here’s a letter we got today from a guy (president of a risk management consulting firm) who was able to ski 26 times last season. I feel lucky if I can fit in a half dozen!

Arthur writes:

I had a record number of days skiing this year (26), most were powder days.  Hope you and your family got your fair share of skiing in this season as well.

Montana Rockies got almost a foot of snow on Labor day so already thinking about skiing – no better way to keep it up front than to get my skies on the wall and look at them every day as I head to work (why I work).

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