Some people like EZ keepers, some dont.
Some people have rods that are too big to fit EZ Keepers.
Some people like EZ Keepers AND have rods too big to fit them
I know it doesnt look great, first time I've ever done any "rod building".
But its all function over form.
thinking i may do this to all of my rods. glad i bought enough
much lower profile, no risk of knocking one off into the river, no risk of line coming off as wrapped because a keeper flops down unexpectedly.
for anyone wondering and wanting to do this, search for "Drop shot hook keeper"
I think i got mine for ~50cents each.