In this gear review, we will be taking a look at the Riversmith River Quiver. If you live anywhere out west, you can’t drive anywhere without seeing one. It was long overdue for us to get our hands on this rod rack and put it to the test!

Overhead River Quiver

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Initial Impressions:

Anyone can relate to the bubbly feeling you get when you come home from work to a big package sitting on your doorstep. This feeling is usually amplified by a long wait and checking the tracking number every day. I was not given this chance with the River Quiver because it arrived at my door only about two days after my order was placed.

River Quiver Boxes

Upon opening, I was met with an instructional manual, some hardware, and the front and rear sections of the River Quiver. Immediately, I noticed the quality of the materials of the River Quiver and it was incredibly cool to see the cross-section of the rod rack when I pulled it out of the box. The look and feel of the product showed it was the highest quality materials and engineered extremely well.

Assembly was incredibly easy, and I had the River Quiver on the roof rack of my truck in less than an hour. One tip I have is if you don’t have a 10mm bolt driver, I would suggest getting the installation kit Riversmith has available to add to your order. While most people have a 10mm socket laying around, you will definitely need a bolt driver for a key part of the installation.

Riversmith River Quiver

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Field Testing:

I opted for the 4-banger in black and was immediately impressed by the sleek design when it was sitting on my truck. In short, it looked really good. Since I follow the line of thinking, “look good, feel good, fish good” I was pretty excited to throw my rods in there and take any advantage I could to get out on the water.

I have the privilege of living in a place where I have some incredible fishing minutes from my home and office. The ability to have my rods already put together and rigged was a game-changer. This made getting those evening after-work fishing sessions easier and helped me spend more time on the water. The ability to fit my whole quiver from my 2wt small stream rod to my 8wt bass and carp set up in the river quiver keeps my options open if I want to chase different fish.

No matter what I am fishing for I really like the ability to lock the River Quiver when I am on the river or on the go. I get peace of mind knowing that I can have my rods on me at all times, but they are also completely locked down not only in the box but also to my roof rack. It would take a lot of effort and some serious noise for someone to try to break into my River Quiver.

Final Review:

Ease of Installation:

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3 stars (MSRP: $479.99-$889.99)


In Conclusion, Rivesmith has really knocked it out with the River Quiver. The quality of the product is unmatched and the practicality of not having to rig my rods as often gives it my stamp of approval. The River Quiver is definitely not the cheapest product we have reviewed, but for me supporting a brand that is committed to being completely assembled in Boulder, CO is worth it for me. Especially since others aren’t assembling in the USA and are at a similar price point.

With the River Quiver, you are getting a high-quality product from people that are incredibly focused on engineering the best fly fishing products possible. It looks great on my truck and I do not plan on taking it off anytime soon.

If you are interested in checking out Riversmith’s River Quiver for yourself, go check them out HERE! 

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