I have lost 3 out of the six so for 15 bucks its nice to have a few extra.
Exactly. And if you use a color (like RED) that somebody else on board really, really likes... they will magically disappear VERY quickly!
I'd buy the Shimano Cocoons... And here's the rest of my fool-proof plan...
When you buy your cocoons, get up to 5 of your regular fishing buds to get a pack too. Collect them all over a frosty beverage of your choice, then divvy them all back out by color. So one guy will have 6 x BLUE cocoons, (A.K.A. Mr. BLUE) another guy will have 6 x BLACK, etc... (And yes, if you end up with 6 people, just like the movie, somebody will have to be Mr. PINK. So put on your big boy pants and just get over it. )
The benefits of my preemptive cocoon swap plan (PRECOSP) are numerous! But I'll just list a few...
1) Since everbody's favorite color IS their color, they won't have to swipe yours! (Did I just say that? I mean they won't magically disappear!)
2) Everybody immediately knows which cocoon is his when stuff is lying all over the boat and you're trying to disembark after 3 sleep-deprived days of fishing.
3) Everybody knows which rod to grab when you have 18 gazillion on board, they all look similar, and it's time to drop. I could go on and on but won't...
(I guess you could scrap PRECOSP and just write your name in permanent marker on your cocoons. But you'd lose the whole mono color effect and might have to call out your buddies to inspect the cocoons in their possesion!)
Look, I can understand certain cost saving efforts... Like finding good split-ring pliers that are less than $140.
But this is $20 we're talking about, and you'll rarely (if ever) have to buy them again. So get 'em and use 'em. Or use the zip ties - I actually like that one! Or just leave a little more slack when you wind up and wedge your jig into the rod holder with the eva grip when moving between spots.
Just sayin... This can be an expensive hobby... So I'd save the extra energy, research time, cut-up koozies, broken sewing machines, subsequent beat downs from your Wife, etc... for something more worthy.
As a matter of fact... Before anybody cuts up those neoprene koozies, (I'm talkin about the foldable, thin, real neoprene ones. NOT the thick a$$ foam 1990's era versions, and NOT the cheap a$$ thin open-cell foam ones that fall apart.) pm me and maybe we can work a trade.