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spotlight
12-05-2009, 11:23 PM
Does anyone have any ideas of where to get one of these?

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/ultralight_fishing_fly_rod_case.html

I have searched the web with no luck most sites just say out of stock I have thought about using a cardboard document tube but once it gets damp it's useless....maybe wrapped in clear tape? Plastic tubes for golf clubs may work I seen an article somewhere....but what would you use for end caps?

I am curious what others use to carry their rod into the backcountry in. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated the factory rod/reel case weighs over a pound and doesn't fit inside my pack. I can't see carrying a pound of extra weight if I don't need to. Without the rod case and 2 nights worth of food/gear....in colder weather I am at 28 pounds.

Again any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

tlshealy
12-06-2009, 08:08 AM
I have bought those before from McMaster-Carr industrial supply company. I think they are actually called shipping tubes, and I think they also have the rubber end caps available. We use them to make protective sleeves for our parts. The only problem is you might have to buy more than you need. Also they come in different thickness and size, don't get one too thin or it won't give your rod much protection.
Tad

Denver1911
12-06-2009, 08:10 AM
I just stick my rod in the sock that usually goes into the tube. I then stick that down one side of my pack. Tubes just weigh too much. An extra rod (in case I break it) weighs less than the tube to protect it.

spotlight
12-06-2009, 03:19 PM
My pack is packed to tightly to just use the sock it would be broke for sure by the time I hiked 6 miles, I seen a cheap Fenwick rod that had a triangle plastic case last weekend I am going to try and get it from a friend in Burnsville N.C. any other suggestions??

ruggerfly
12-07-2009, 11:06 AM
You can make your own. Just use PVC pipe (choose diameter & length that you prefer) from a hardware store. Then buy a couple of caps, one in which you can permantely glue shut. Put padding in each end cap.

GrouseMan77
12-07-2009, 11:35 AM
Are you trying to go lighter than an aluminum rod tube? They are only a few ounces and are very sturdy.

I rarely use just the sock. That is a recipe for disaster.

Denver1911
12-07-2009, 12:00 PM
What kind of disaster could occur if I have my rod in the sock only and have a backup rod in case I break it. The lightest tube I have weighs nearly a pound and I don't need to carry any more pounds than I have to. I'd carry the backup rod anyway. If I break one because I slip, chances are good the other will survive. If I break them both, well, I'll just cut me a branch and catch fewer (maybe) fish.

Skipjack
12-07-2009, 12:06 PM
check out this link may be what you are looking for http://www.troutlet.com/Crystal-River-IM6-Pack-Rod-P233.aspx

GrouseMan77
12-07-2009, 12:39 PM
Denver,

By disaster I meant loosing the opportunity to fish. A rod, or rods, in a sock on the side of a pack are pretty frail. If you took a fall, set the pack down on it's side, would be great opportunity to break a rod.

Seems like carrying a backup rod would be more of a hassle to pack than the few ounces an aluminum rod tube would cost you.

To each his own. I never really worry about weight unless I am going for three nights or longer.

The Principal
12-07-2009, 12:39 PM
I did what ruggrfly said and used pvc pipe with a couple of caps on the end. Be sure and pad the caps as he said. I have damaged rod ends before because I didn't pad
the end. You can get differrent weights of pvc pipe. I have an external frame pack and
duct taped the tube to the frame. It worked great on a 4 day trip on Eagle Creek.

Denver1911
12-07-2009, 09:07 PM
Denver,

By disaster I meant loosing the opportunity to fish. A rod, or rods, in a sock on the side of a pack are pretty frail. If you took a fall, set the pack down on it's side, would be great opportunity to break a rod.

Seems like carrying a backup rod would be more of a hassle to pack than the few ounces an aluminum rod tube would cost you.

To each his own. I never really worry about weight unless I am going for three nights or longer.

Actually, I'd carry the backup rod either way. I'm more concerned about slipping in the stream and breaking my rod than I am in falling on the trail in. Most of the trails in the Smokies are easy travel with little liklihood of falling. I'm careful in setting my pack down. If I do break both rods, I'm certain I could catch fish with a stick and a short section of fly-line.

spotlight
12-07-2009, 10:23 PM
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-..._rod_case.html (http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/ultralight_fishing_fly_rod_case.html) One of these is what I am looking for. I am on the waiting list for them being on back order. But I won't wait to long I will take the advice of using the smallest diameter PVC that I can find cut to fit the rod perfectly and then padded end caps.

I want to be light my friend that lives in Burnsville N.C. has a triangle shaped plastic rod tube that I am going to get off him if I have to drive there for the weekend. I want to have something by spring so that my rod can fit neatly in my pack and I can move quickly on my feet well into the backcountry.

Using a piece of flyline and a stick? Now that would make a great picture! but it can be done I bet. **** I'd try it if I broke my rod or use a lot of duct tape.

MBWCC
12-08-2009, 03:08 AM
If you want to build your own you can use 0.0625" (1/16") wall polycarbonate tubing and vinyl caps. Polycarbonate tubing 2" OD x 1-7/8" ID x 1/16" wall is P/N 8585K64, $4.96/linear foot from http://www.mcmaster.com (http://www.mcmaster.com) ; 2" ID vinyl caps are P/N 9753K93, $8.94 per 25. Other diameter tube and caps are also available. The caps drive the cost up considerably if you only want one tube but if you get three or four friends together the cost drops to ~$12-17/rod tube depending on tube length (2-3').

Mundele
12-08-2009, 12:23 PM
I've been looking for a source for lightweight tubing also. Found a post on BAckpackinglight.com talking about this very subject.

Here's the post:
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=12206

These look interesting:
http://www.tapplastics.com/shop/product.php?pid=275&PHPSESSID=20080227205242276695606

Chuckwalla
12-21-2009, 11:39 AM
I've made some for all my pack rods. I used these components:
http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/default.aspx?catid=841&parentcatid=795

Use a miter box and a hacksaw to make the cuts.

Mundele
12-21-2009, 05:02 PM
I've made some for all my pack rods. I used these components:
http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/default.aspx?catid=841&parentcatid=795

Use a miter box and a hacksaw to make the cuts.

What wall thickness and outside diameter did you use?

Chuckwalla
12-21-2009, 07:51 PM
What wall thickness and outside diameter did you use?

Depends on your rod. I mostly use 2" OD. Just measure your rod rapped in the sock at the largest guide.

As for the wall thickness, 1/16" is what I use. It's more rigid, but still has flex.

Also, stay away from the acrylics.

Mundele
12-22-2009, 01:37 PM
Thanks! I'm gonna order some pretty soon I think. Do you use the provided end caps also?

Chuckwalla
12-22-2009, 01:45 PM
Thanks! I'm gonna order some pretty soon I think. Do you use the provided end caps also?


Yep, they work great.