How do you transport your fishing rods?

robert

Expedition Leader
We're talking about ways to carry the rods so they don't get damaged in transit. The PVC tube most of us have mentioned is either a purpose built rod case or using what is commonly called a conduit carrier tube like you see on work trucks- normally workmen slide things like conduit, leveling rods, etc. in them but fishermen use them to carry fishing rods. They use a piece of PVC pipe and a set of end caps that affixes to them then some form of clamp to hold them to your roof rack. Examples: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=conduit+carrier+kit&crid=1AL1NC54CBETN&sprefix=condut+,aps,159&ref=nb_sb_ss_sc_6_7
I've never had problems with my rods banging around, but then I don't have >$100 rods anymore either. I've always just shoved a rag or piece of foam in to take up space before putting the cap on and it seems to hold them well enough.

I don't know of anyone who uses a rod case in the canoe itself but I suppose you could buy one of the collapsible styles so you could make it smaller once you got the rod out?
 

Bayou Boy

Adventurer
Rod socks work wonders to keep expensive rods safe when you throw them in a pile together in a tube or rod box. I am a total convert to using them all of the time.
 

Wilbah

Adventurer
We're talking about ways to carry the rods so they don't get damaged in transit. The PVC tube most of us have mentioned is either a purpose built rod case or using what is commonly called a conduit carrier tube like you see on work trucks- normally workmen slide things like conduit, leveling rods, etc. in them but fishermen use them to carry fishing rods. They use a piece of PVC pipe and a set of end caps that affixes to them then some form of clamp to hold them to your roof rack. Examples: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=conduit+carrier+kit&crid=1AL1NC54CBETN&sprefix=condut+,aps,159&ref=nb_sb_ss_sc_6_7
I've never had problems with my rods banging around, but then I don't have >$100 rods anymore either. I've always just shoved a rag or piece of foam in to take up space before putting the cap on and it seems to hold them well enough.

I don't know of anyone who uses a rod case in the canoe itself but I suppose you could buy one of the collapsible styles so you could make it smaller once you got the rod out?

I never had a rod break in the PVC tube. The one I made is (iirc) 5" PVC so it can hold a number of rods. But with lots of bumpy roads I just worried about them rubbing on the PVC for extended periods of time (and FWIW I am using cheapie fly roads, no $800 Orvis rods for me....unfortunately! Ha!). I find it works well to keep them protected but as I said earlier I live the idea of something that would allow safe transport while keeping the reel in place and line ready to go.
 

robert

Expedition Leader
Sorry, I should have quoted the post above mine about transporting rods in a canoe (that's the way I read his post anyways) since that's actually what I was replying to.

I actually like the idea of the rod socks and may buy a couple. I've noticed the epoxy or whatever it is that covers the wrapping thread on the toes of the eyelets has cracked on a couple of my older rods and I've had them get bent a little; I don't think it happened in transit but who knows, it may have. Since I haven't been surf fishing (in the US) in a couple of years now I haven't used my rod tube in a while (it's made from a piece of 4" PVC with a locking well cap on one end), I typically just buy two piece rods so I can toss them behind the seats or in the back. I don't seem to do a lot of fishing like I used to so it's just not something I think about much. I actually have a 1950s split bamboo fly rod but it needs some restoration work; it's stored in it's old aluminum tube.
 

rickmac

New member
Check out Emmrod. Setup is perfect for me to use while out with ATVs and easy to fit in the canoe. Look odd as they are designed for horseback or something but it means I can take them anywhere.

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Bayou Boy

Adventurer
I never had a rod break in the PVC tube. The one I made is (iirc) 5" PVC so it can hold a number of rods. But with lots of bumpy roads I just worried about them rubbing on the PVC for extended periods of time (and FWIW I am using cheapie fly roads, no $800 Orvis rods for me....unfortunately! Ha!). I find it works well to keep them protected but as I said earlier I live the idea of something that would allow safe transport while keeping the reel in place and line ready to go.
Rod socks plus reel covers. The answer really is that simple. My Yellowfin bay boat running open water at 65mph beats rods around way worse than any vehicle and all my rods look great.
 

RJ Howell

Member
Mine is somewhat like the attachment. It's a double carrier and reinforced tubes/reel section. I attached a spin cast version for you. I'm a fly-guy..
Rod case
 
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