The NRS Tailwater Tackle Bag Review
How many “real world” features can you pack into one item? The Jackson Kayak Coosa sets the bar pretty high in regards to jamming enough features for 2 totally different fishing kayaks into 1 boat, and all for right around $1000. The NRS Tailwater Tackle Bag is very similar, in that it has enough features to make even the most serious of kayak fisherman (or even SUP’ing or rafting anglers) happy. The other thing that NRS is really good at, is building a high quality item, with impeccable customer service, for a very reasonable price…The Tailwater comes in at $129 and will not let you down.
- NRS staff member Luc Adams had a large role in designing this bag. Similar to Drew Gregory, who designed the Coosa, it is always good to have an expert in the field act as a consultant when designing technical equipment.
- The Tailwater has the same footprint as a milk crate and fits perfectly in the back of a Jackson Coosaor Native Manta Ray. In fact, those were 2 of the boats in mind when NRS (Luc) designed the bag.
- The removable inserts on the inside of the bag are very smart and well placed. You have the option of using 2 inserts, and creating compartmentalized sections, or taking 1 (or both) out, and having even more room. The flexible inserts themselves have clear pockets on them for maps, tippets, fly fishing leaders, a license, etc. There are velcro inserts on the tabs which makes them extremely easy to put in and take out.
- Copious amounts of room inside of the bag.
- There are 4 D rings on the bottom of the bag for rigging to a kayak or SUP. It also has a nice shoulder strap and velcro carry handle that can be used for carrying or for more rigging.
- The top of the bag has 2 attachments for pliers, a piece of Velcro for attaching even more accessories, and a ruler. The plier holders are within easy reach so you can grab them quickly with one hand.
- Lots of additional storage spots, many of which have drainage ports on the bottom. This is nice for dirty wet items like glove and rags. The storage sleeve on the back doubles as a paddle holder to be used with many of the kayaks out there that allow you to stand and fish.
- LARGE clear pocket on the front of the Tailwater. This is a perfect spot for your permit, a map, and fishing leaders…They are visible and within an arms reach at all times.
- ONE OF THE COOLEST FEATURES on the Tailwater is the way that the bag comes apart. There are Velcro openings along all 4 corners of the bag, allowing you to remove the Styrofoam and plastic liner, making the Tailwater a soft bag (instead of the rigid design). You can easily remove the rigid inserts and turn the bag into a packable item.
- Two Rod holders are placed at the hinge of the bag, making sure they’re not in the way when opening the zipper.
- YKK heavy duty zippers will last a long time.
- PRICE. There are much less expensive tackle bags out there. When you go shopping for a one, be sure to check out the feature list. Chances are, if it is half the price, it will have half the features, or was built with half the quality and attention to detail.
- The Tailwater could be a little bit too large to fit on some SUP’s. It is a great fit on a true fishing board like the NRS Reel.
If you are looking for a do it all, one stop shop tackle bag, the NRS Tailwater is a solid option. I always say that you can never have too much storage on a fishing or paddling outing. The Tailwater provides adequate storage for all of your fishing equipment, and then some…Besides having a lot of cool features, it was designed by a kayak fishing expert, which means that it has an intelligent design, and lots of real world applications. We love selling NRS items here at CKS because they last a long time, are priced to sell, and most importantly are backed by NRS’ world class, second to none customer service.
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