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spotlight 12-05-2009 11:23 PM

Ultralight Rod Case ?
Does anyone have any ideas of where to get one of these?

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/ 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.

Denver1911 12-06-2009 08:10 AM

just a sock
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?
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

GrouseMan77 12-07-2009 12:39 PM


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.

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