http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-..._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.
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 ; 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').
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:
These look interesting:
I've made some for all my pack rods. I used these components:
Use a miter box and a hacksaw to make the cuts.
Thanks! I'm gonna order some pretty soon I think. Do you use the provided end caps also?