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Old 12-05-2009, 11:23 PM
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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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Old 12-06-2009, 08:08 AM
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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.
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Old 12-06-2009, 08:10 AM
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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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Old 12-06-2009, 03:19 PM
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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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Old 12-07-2009, 11:06 AM
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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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Old 12-07-2009, 11:35 AM
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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.
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Old 12-07-2009, 12:06 PM
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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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Old 12-07-2009, 12:39 PM
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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.
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Old 12-07-2009, 09:07 PM
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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.
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.
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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.
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