I used to transport long surf rods all over the place and after trying several rack, holders and such I finally settled on a piece of 4" PVC strapped the roof rack. I made some simple felt bags to slide the rods into before sliding them into the PVC. Used a screw cap on the back with a hole for a small padlock/cable drilled in it. Just enough to keep honest people honest. Rods never suffered any damage and were always out of the way but accessible at the same time. When I got home, the rods were still stored in the PVC pipe just hung from the rafters in the garage. Took 2 minutes to move to the roof rack when I wanted to go fishing, darn cheap too.
2004 Astro AWD 3:73, G80 "locker", 2" lift, overnight-able, "E" All-Terrains
2003 Dodge/Cummins quad cab 2wd
2006 Nissan X-Terra 6-speed (for sale)
1985 LTD LX 5.0 HO project
+ wife's and kid's cars