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Troutman 07-01-2011 02:24 PM

fly rod storage
I'm looking for a good inexpensive fly rod storage "for rigged rods", for my alum v-hull boat. I don't want to drill any holes into the alum but will consider mounting on the bench seats into the wood. anyone have any products to recommend or stay away from? Tired of laying them down loose.

Realtyman 07-01-2011 05:29 PM

Hey Gary, The tubes that are used in drift boats would be pretty easy to configure for a vhull if you have enough length to store them horizontal. Other than that, I have no experience. Let us know what works for you.


Troutman 07-05-2011 12:22 PM

Hey Curtis, been a long time since hearing from you.
I tried some 2" grey electrical conduit and had it mounted down along the edge of the boat and it worked but putting the rods in and out was kind of a hassle and it made a lot of noise when the guides rubbed across the the inside of the tubes, kind of like finger nails on a chalkboard effect.
I am thinking about making a couple of t-post with foam coverings and bungie straps out of a wooden broom handle and a small piece of leftover plywood from my seats. It will look similiar to the magnetic mount car top fly rod carriers only it will be mounted onto the bench seats.

similar to this.

This will only be used to keep rigged rods out of the way and from moving around when running up and down the river, not for transport in the boat. I like to have 3 fly rods rigged in the boat, my 7wt with a topwater, the 8wt with a subsurface and a 4wt for bream and shad. and maybe a spin rod just in case!

Troutman 07-10-2011 03:46 PM

This is what I've installed in my boat to secure the rods. It holds 4 rods rigged and ready. Now I just need time to go fishing. :biggrin:

David Knapp 07-10-2011 04:05 PM


Originally Posted by Troutman (Post 94303)
This is what I've installed in my boat to secure the rods. It holds 4 rods rigged and ready. Now I just need time to go fishing. :biggrin:

Gary, if you can't find time to go fishing, I'll be glad to take your boat out for you and test the new rod holders...:rolleyes: :biggrin: Seriously though, it looks great! I think that will do the job...

Realtyman 07-10-2011 08:22 PM

Cool beans!
That's pretty cool man! I knew you would come up with something great. I may have to stop by and check it out sometime. Our family has been craving Damon's ribs for sometime now ;)

MadisonBoats 07-11-2011 08:16 AM

Gary, I use the 2" pipes in the side of the boat. You are correct in that it makes some creaky noises when you insert them. However; they stay nice and safe during a boat load of fishing buddies fishing shallow water.

I would consider moving your current setup on to the side of your boat. You can mount it with a simple pop-rivet gun. This would give them less of a footprint to get broken. I have had about 4-5 rods broken in my boat similar to your current setup.

Also; you could come up with some kind of vertical pin mounting system by utilizing those two-oar locks on each side. Maybe drop a vertical rod in each and clamp them to some commercial rod holders...? Then; you could lift the whole setup out by releasing the pins - per your clamping arrangement...

Just some ideas...

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