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Adamsbuilt Mokelmne River Tackle Bag Review

A Great Bag for Your Waders and Wading Jacket


Adamsbuilt Mokelmne River Tackle Bag

Adamsbuilt Mokelmne River Tackle Bag

Brian Milne

Looking for a tackle bag that’s got enough storage for all of your fly fishing gear, but won’t weigh you (or your boat) down?

Look no further than the Adamsbuilt Mokelmne River Tackle Bag.

This gray tackle bag is protective enough to keep all of your expensive reels and gear safe and dry while on the water, along with making all of your flies, leaders and tippet ready available for quick changes.

About the Mokelmne River Tackle Bag

The Mokelmne River Tackle Bag (which retails for $99.95) is named after Northern California’s Mokelumne River in the Sierra Nevada.

And like the Mokelumne it has plenty of nooks and crannies to hold your prized possessions. The latest model has 12 internal organizer pockets to go along with seven external pockets and two more web pockets. It also had a molded carry handle, padded shoulder straps and rod tube loops, offering anglers plenty of options for all of their gear.

To keep the bag dry, and free from wear and tear (not to mention mold) in the base, the tackle bag has a rugged, plastic molded bottom.

The storm flap top keeps things try from the top down, and the hidden waterproof foul weather cover only adds to the protection.

The fully padded sides, and top, ensure your reels won’t get dinged, and even provide adequate protection if you wanted to store a camera or lenses in the bag. That was one drawback from a recent bag I owned, which is why I’ve swapped out my everyday bag for the Mokelmne – which holds my fly gear and my waterproof GoPro camera and standard Cannon camera body and lenses.

Definitely among the top tier of all-around fly fishing tackle bags on the market, and a great companion for Adamsbuilt’s Klamath River Wet-Dry Bag.

About Adamsbuilt

Adamsbuilt, headquartered in Fallon, Nevada (775-423-4254, AdamsbuiltFishing.com), is a relative newcomer to the fly fishing industry in name only.

Hendrix Outdoors, the parent company of Adamsbuilt, has been in the fly fishing business for four decades as a distributor and also started making its own gear under the Hendrix name more than a decade ago.

In 2011, Hendrix Outdoors spun off those fly fishing products under its own brand, Adamsbuilt, to avoid any confusion with the distribution side of its operations.

So while you might be hearing Adamsbuilt for the first time, when you get these products in your hand, they feel like a brand that’s been doing this for years. And, well, the latter part is certainly true as their products feel like fly fishing gear from the “good ol’ days.”

Adamsbuilt Guarantee

Another good thing about Adamsbuilt products is the fact that everything they offer is fully guaranteed.

And if their products fail due to a manufacturing defect, Adamsbuilt will repair or replace the product at their cost, which offers nice piece of mind to anglers who aren’t as familiar with the Adamsbuilt brand.

I, personally, always try to purchase gear from brands that offer a full guarantee, particularly for wading products that often leak or easily break down because of poor manufacturing.

In my initial tests of the Adamsbuilt brand, I don’t foresee any issues with the manufacturing of their products, but, if you run into trouble, it’s good to know they stand by their product.

Additionally, for Adamsbuilt fly rods, they offer an additional rod warranty program through their retailers, so if you break a piece of your rod or have another issue with it, be sure to ask about the rod warranty/replacement program when purchasing through a dealer. 

Their products are also thoroughly tested, and many of the lakes and rivers the products are named after – local fisheries to the Nevada and neighboring California regions.

And once you pick up that Adamsbuilt gear, be sure to read up on our favorite fisheries in the Lake Tahoe region, including the Truckee River, Stampede Reservoir, Boca Reservoir, Prosser Creek Reservoir and Spooner Lake.

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