Jeff Krieger

Simi Valley resident, Jeff Krieger, is perhaps best known for his early and innovative contributions to the art of kayak rigging. The inventor of the Rhynobar, Jeff recognized a need within the sport, and set off to develop and produce a solution. His product transformed ordinary sit on top kayaks into specialized fishing machines, and, subsequently, launched an entire niche within the industrial side of our sport. The Hawaii-born angler has also transformed an almost innate love of the ocean into a fascinating career composed of guiding, appearing in kayak angling films, and assisting in the development of a popular line of boats.


What first drew you to this style of angling? When was that?

The freedom to go when and where I wanted.  Even at an early age. 1970′s back in Kona, Hawaii.

Do you remember the first fish that you caught from a kayak?

Yes.  A pesky needlefish in Kealakekua Bay, on a Kastmaster slow trolled behind the kayak.

The Rhynobar was one of the first commercial products to allow for personal rigging of production boats, and, as such, launched an entire industry.  What does this pioneering achievement mean to you?

Means that I had a small hand in bringing kayak fishing to more people, and making them think about ways to improve their time on the water.  Glad to be a part in the grand scheme of this great sport.

What food and/or music fuels your drive to the put-in?

Breakfast cylinders and Bob Marley get me going just fine.

Who, specifically, is shaping the future of kayak angling?

We all are shaping it, influencing others, and helping people figure it out and become better kayak anglers. Anyone in the sport that has helped another to advance their knowledge.

Besides creating the Rhynobar, you had a role in the designing of the Ocean Kayak Prowler line.  Share with us your creative process as it pertains to design work.

Every time I fish, I daydream of ways to make the experience better, catch more, or improve on safety. When Ocean Kayak gathered us for a day on the water to test paddle and brainstorm, the results are what you see today. It was a chance to finally be heard and let them run with the ideas.

With regard to kayak angling, what issues are important to you? What, if anything, can be done about them?

Catch and release is very important. Companies like Greenfish, who donate a portion of their proceeds to helping fishermen, and the organizations that support fishing, are very important. Also, becoming involved in fighting for your fishing rights is very important in this changing climate. Our fishing rights are under attack, and we all need to join forces and fight the water grabs going on in our back yard.

You passed along a photo of a rather serious looking injury.  There has to be an a story behind that.

Yes, I was fishing at Catalina Island on a camp/fish expedition, when I got the hook in the arm. Caused by a Rapala lure on a rod placed behind me. When I reached back to grab it, I was instantly hooked up. I carry a pair of MCC Mini Bolt cutters, so I snipped the hook off, pushed the hook out, slapped on some Neosporin and a Band Aid, and finished off the trip. Have had to use them more than once, and recommend every kayak angler carry a pair for just this sort of emergency. One of the “Must Have” tools, for sure, in your kayak fishing safety kit!

Barring money or logistics, what is your dream kayak angling trip?

I would have to say Alaska, Costa Rica, and Christmas Island.

What’s in your milk crate?

That would be my Rhynobar. It was my best tool in turning a basic kayak into a fishing machine.

Tell us about your best day on the water.

Was down in San Diego pre-fishing La Jolla for the annual Steve Moyer Memorial Tournament with a good friend, Mark Olsen, of Ocean Kayak.  I landed 4 yellowtail, and a nice halibut. Next day at the tournament I caught one yellowtail and could be heard saying, “if only I could have weighed in my fish from yesterday!”

What is the kayak fishing lifestyle?

Any life that allows you to include our great sport where ever you may be.

You have had the opportunity to work on several kayak angling films, including “No Bad Days” and “Threshers Yak Style.” Does the presence of camera and crew alter the angling experience, and, if so, in what way?

You have to remember to interact with the camera, and to explain yourself clearly. Having the camera there can alter the angling experience, but only if the photo boats and chase craft scare the fish or make the bite tough.

What do you believe to be the single greatest innovation within the realm of kayak rigging?

That’s tough, so many innovations still going on today. Lighter, stronger, faster. Every year the kayaks, and the gear we use on them, improve.

What does the future hold for you?

More exciting kayak adventures around the globe. Still so many places to see and try; the list is endless.

One Response to “Jeff Krieger”

  1. Mara Sweeney says:

    This guy is awesome. I’m inspired!

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