I recently had the chance to try out some of Erich Kunz products from WudlenLLC. This will be a two part review as I am reviewing the reel covers first and then one of their rod racks. Erich’s products are found on Etsy.
Here is a snippet from his Etsy page:
“The ultimate solution for storing, protecting, and securing your fly fishing reels.”
Our fly fishing reel covers are constructed using a rugged, weatherproof exterior and a nonabrasive, fleece lining, so, after easily being cinched and secured, your fly reels are guarded from adverse conditions while being gently caressed inside.
Additionally, our fly reel covers are fully functional for keeping your reels safe and sound, whether they are connected or detached from your fly fishing rods, for example:
> Protects fly reels from hostile weather and road conditions when driving with your fly fishing outfits affixed to a vehicle rack system.
> Prevents damage caused by hazards when traveling to and from your favorite fishing holes, whether this be walking in the parking lot at a popular lake or trailblazing to a backcountry stream.
> Secures fly reels to fishing apparel and other fly fishing equipment with a built-in security clip, keeping your covered reels attached to your fishing vest, fly fishing sling, etc. and out of the river!
> Multiple patterns and colorways are available (sold separately) and can assist in differentiating fly reels of assorted types and sizes, whether they are stashed in a backpack or boxed up in garage storage and organization.
☞ Durable, long-lasting, heavy-duty, multilayer construction
☞ Designed to cover reels on and off fishing rods
☞ Small investment to protect multi-hundred-dollar fishing reels
☞ Safeguards fly line, leaders, tippet, and fly fishing flies attached to reels
☞ Handcrafted in Seattle, WA, USA by fellow anglers
☞ Colors: Burgundy red, matte black, dark gray
☞ Materials: Duck canvas (cotton), polyester fleece
☞ Closure: Cinch (paracord, toggle)
☞ Dimensions (interior): 5 x 4.5 x 1-3.5 in
☞ Weight: 1.1 oz
Now that all the technical info is out of the way, these reel covers are great. Way sturdier then the generic reel covers you get when you buy your reels. Super tough on the outside yet soft and gentle on the inside.
I love that they have a cinching closure, so you don’t have to worry about it falling off when hiking through the woods to your favorite secret spot.
The colors are great too. Lots to choose from.
Erich really did think of everything in creating these covers. From being able to attach the covers to your gear or vest and just the all around durability. You don’t see too many custom reel covers out there. I highly recommend them.
Here is a quote from Erich himself.
“I have always been a problem solver and participant in numerous outdoor sports. Over the years, I have identified a number of relatively easily solvable shortcomings in activities (such as fly fishing) that others seem to struggle with, as well. Furthermore, these issues either weren’t considered or weren’t addressed appropriately.
After developing rough, working prototypes of products for friends and family to fix these issues, I thought, “why not formalize and bring them to market?!” Around the same time, I was obtaining an MBA, so I decided to apply what I was learning and started Motive Mfg. Co. to create solutions for a number of outdoor activities.
Admittedly, Motive is not a full-time gig, but being able to create stuff for things I enjoy is a hard side-project to pass up, especially when R&D might require a day of mid-week fishing to test new products! ”
Hope you guys enjoy, and go check out his Etsy page. Link below. Cheers!