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Thread: Ultralight Rod Case ?

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    Post Ultralight Rod Case ?

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

    http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-..._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.

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    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

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    Default 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.

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    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??

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    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.

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    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.
    Jason

    jasonkelkins at yahoo dot com

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    Default 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.

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    check out this link may be what you are looking for http://www.troutlet.com/Crystal-Rive...-Rod-P233.aspx

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    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.
    Jason

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    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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