I have 3 types of Scotty rod holders - I'm totally happy with the Scotty fly rod holder, which also doubles as a locking spinning rod holder.
I have rocket launchers and Scotty bait/spin rod holders - I have 2 of each, total of 6 Scotty rod holders.
Also have 3 boats to rig, and may need them at the same time with as many as 3 different style rod holders on a boat.
The Scotty bait/spin holder will lock a round baitcast reel deep in the seat - rigging the strap beneath will lock a spinning rod by the reel foot.
But it won't secure a low-profile baitcast reel, so we have to use it basically as a rocket launcher with our low-profile baitcasters. And yes, when I use rocket launchers, add a rod leash.
Scotty doesn't have anything new that answers the locking low-profile bait reel problem. So I went searching on the internet for rod holder options that copy Scotty posts and plug into Scotty bases, visiting archives of several kayak forums across the country. Apparently Folbe rod holders have posts that fit into Scotty bases, but won't lock into the Scotty bases. The Folbe rod holders also cost twice that of any other rod holder. Scotty already has their copy of the Folbe Q/R rod holder, but only in an offshore size.
I ran across Stealth QR-1 (and QR-2 offshore size) that exactly copy Scotty posts and plug into Scotty bases.
I liked the design and ordered a pair of them, which arrived today.
You can buy the QR-1NB - no base - just the correct Scotty post.
Amazon sells retail from the maker and a pair will get you free shipping and add sales tax. But Amazon also doesn't state backorder, while they list 1- to 2-month delivery.
Cap'm Mack had them in stock - I called late evening, he fielded my call, and I got these in 2 days.
His price is slightly discounted, and with shipping on a pair, cost less (by sales tax) than the up-to-2-month Amazon wait.
http://www.captmacks.com/store/product/ ... hout-base/
First off, I like that they grip a low-profile baitcaster, hold the reel upright, grip them rock solid, and have a secondary lock that also fits your low-profile bait reel.
The rod holder uses a cam strap that closes around the rod handle, holds the rod securely, and lets go as soon as you lift.
They also have the secondary strap that locks the cam and prevents the cam strap from opening.
Tilted this one way up so you can see they'll hold a rod almost vertically. They'll also hold a rod pointing down, and also with a fish on the end...
If you have a long handle rod, no problem keeping the handle off the gunwhale
While Scotty and Ram are copying each other's bases - and it's nice they're starting to interchange - other folks are making better rod holders.
Stealth rod holders have a lifetime warranty.
Also, Cap'm Mack's forte is reservoir stripers, and he's famous for an umbrella trolling rig that bears his name (Academy and Cabela's sell them). Can also use them trolling offshore pelagics.
I grew up trolling a Pico Texas Trailer - even got a 20" white bass that way - the umbrella rig is the same idea on steroids.