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Fishing Rod travel tube
« on: February 28, 2014, 09:02:09 am »
Hey guys, long time no "type"!

I'm off to Florida in two days for the March Break, and will be bringing a couple of my Streamside rods to test out and write about. I looked into buying a travel case for my rods, but saw the price and how simple they seem, so I figured I'd rig-up my own. It was REAL easy to make, and cost about $30 as opposed to the $60+ they were asking for.

Since my longest rod (the Predator Surf rod) was 4' when broken down, I made my tube 4'3" for a little wiggle room. That left enough gap to store a pill bottle with hooks and such. I used 4" PVC pipe, which included the pipe itslef, plus and end cap and the other cap that screws off. I also had an extra duffle bag strap that wasn't doing anything, so I attached it as well with two carriage bolts, I think they're called. To make it look more like a real rod carrying case and less like a plumbers pipe dream project, I slapped on some decals I had kicking around. Let's see the airline smash-up THESE rods! (Not shown in the pictures are rod socks in which my rods are actually tucked-in while in the tube) [img]
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Re: Fishing Rod travel tube
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2014, 09:21:43 am »
I love it! I jury rigged one of those together when I was down in the Baja one time--they work great! A video of me trying to explain what I wanted to use it for with my very poor Spanish in the Mexican plumbing supply place would make a great youtube video!
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Re: Fishing Rod travel tube
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2014, 10:28:09 am »
Osom ideal and very creative!
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Re: Fishing Rod travel tube
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2014, 12:30:06 pm »
Ha made those year ago many of us have, and guess what? one time when heading for virgin islands they managed to smash one and the rods that were in them. I use the steel tubes now and have still had them dented.
One other thing even in a rod sock if they rattle a bit there is a chance to crack a blank or the finish right by a guide. each section should also have its own section so they do not rattle together this also could cause damage!
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Re: Fishing Rod travel tube
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2014, 01:09:43 pm »
Yeah, I'm not one of those finacky guys who gets unglued if his rod gets a scratch. What's important to me is that it's not snapped in half.

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Re: Fishing Rod travel tube
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2014, 09:16:44 am »
After fiddling with rod tubes for travel a number of times I finally just bought a decent telescoping rod that has its own short factory tube that will fit inside a suitcase. Just add a reel and bingo, no muss no fuss. My four-piece fly rod won't fit inside though if that's what you want to take.
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Re: Fishing Rod travel tube
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2014, 09:56:07 pm »
I don't like telescopic rods, unless I'm taking one with me to Cuba to leave with a local before I come back home. I have yet to find one that lasts more than a few days.

On another note, my rod tube worked like a charm! The only issues were that we drove from New Brunswick to Maine to catch a plane in Bangor, and the US border guys wanted to search our car when they noticed it in the back, probably thinking it was some sort of weapon. Same thing while boarding the planes. I guess it kind of looks like a pipe bomb. :)

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Re: Fishing Rod travel tube
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2014, 07:31:22 am »
They must of laughs when they seen what was inside of it thinking it was something else!
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Re: Fishing Rod travel tube
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2014, 01:33:00 pm »
I have yet to find one that lasts more than a few days.

I have yet to break one but that may be more a testament to my ability (or rather, inability) to catch big fish.  :(
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Re: Fishing Rod travel tube
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2014, 12:49:10 pm »
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Let's see the airline smash-up THESE rods!

Jeeze.....don't give them a challenge  :-)
 
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