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Old 01-24-2008, 05:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When moving from place to place, I hate to disassemble my rods/terminal tackle -- but placing them in the SUV is asking for rod breakage!!! With my new fly rod I am scared to death......I have to find a better way. Do any of you use a Thule or Yak cargo rack for your fishing gear? If yes, how does it work for you? Other ideas? (Sorry, buying a new car or truck isn't an option!).
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Old 01-24-2008, 05:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think frabill (and another) company make cases you can hold assembeled or 1 piece rods in. You could trow the whole case in your truck. look for the cases in Bass Pro Shops catalog...
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Old 01-24-2008, 06:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sorry, just realized you said fly rod...

Rod saver has a inside roof rack that will hold assembeled rods. Available at BPS

Cabelas master fishing 08 catalog (page 260) has 3 different inside vehicle roof racks Rod Loft Pro, a cabela's brand, and the Rod Bunk Delux that actually has fly rods in the picture...

They run between $20 and $110...
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I'm not to keen on the Thule system....I don't like the idea of transporting rods on the roof of a car (just me - not other particular reason).

I usually put the hook on the hook keeper, or hook it to the reel, then take the rod apart into two pieces and reel in the slack. If you want to get fancy, get some PVC type tubing to slip the rod into.

That's my solution.
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This is a nice setup...

http://tinyurl.com/yocd8p
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Old 01-24-2008, 07:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have this rod rack that fits in my suv great. I keep my fly rods in it assembled all the time because I fish at the drop of a dime. I have my waders etc and will hit the river after work, sometimes only for a half hour. I have to have my rod ready. Here is the link at cabelas.

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...equestid=88191
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Old 01-25-2008, 08:19 AM   #7 (permalink)
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(Sorry, buying a new car or truck isn't an option!).
That's kind of funny, when I was buying my last vehicle I put my 9' rod together and used it to measure inside vehicles to make sure it would fit while put together. When I am in the field puddle jumping, I put the bottom of my rod under my windshield wiper and use one of the magnets on the roof, this is great if you are off road but not really for the highway.
Here is the magnet for the roof.
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...037&hasJS=true
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You could mount some pvc tubing, make sure you cap the tip end of course, and also have a way to secure the rod/reel in there. I'm going to figure out one for the bed of my pickup before summer, I don't like anything I've seen for pickups but a simple pvc tube sized and cut appropriately should be a cheap, effective, lightweight, and easily removed system.
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I use a pvc tube strapped on top of my suv for long hauls....

If it's just a short drive from one hole to the next I put them between the wipers and windshield....
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You could mount some pvc tubing, make sure you cap the tip end of course, and also have a way to secure the rod/reel in there. I'm going to figure out one for the bed of my pickup before summer, I don't like anything I've seen for pickups but a simple pvc tube sized and cut appropriately should be a cheap, effective, lightweight, and easily removed system.
Here you go Phil...If a guy wanted to he could actually do this but instead of one diameter tubing the whole length, use an adaptor fitting to increase the size at the end of the tube in order to accomadate the reel...And then cap off the larger fitting as shown in this link...Say, go from a two inch tube to a five inch tube....The five inch piece, of course, would only be about eight inches long...

http://globalflyfisher.com/rodbuilding/diytube/
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