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Old 12-07-2009, 09:07 PM
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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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Old 12-07-2009, 10:23 PM
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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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Old 12-08-2009, 03:08 AM
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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').
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Old 12-08-2009, 12:23 PM
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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:
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-...hread_id=12206

These look interesting:
http://www.tapplastics.com/shop/prod...05242276695606
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:39 AM
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I've made some for all my pack rods. I used these components:
http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/def...arentcatid=795

Use a miter box and a hacksaw to make the cuts.
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Old 12-21-2009, 05:02 PM
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I've made some for all my pack rods. I used these components:
http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/def...arentcatid=795

Use a miter box and a hacksaw to make the cuts.
What wall thickness and outside diameter did you use?
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Old 12-21-2009, 07:51 PM
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What wall thickness and outside diameter did you use?
Depends on your rod. I mostly use 2" OD. Just measure your rod rapped in the sock at the largest guide.

As for the wall thickness, 1/16" is what I use. It's more rigid, but still has flex.

Also, stay away from the acrylics.
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Old 12-22-2009, 01:37 PM
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Thanks! I'm gonna order some pretty soon I think. Do you use the provided end caps also?
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Old 12-22-2009, 01:45 PM
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Thanks! I'm gonna order some pretty soon I think. Do you use the provided end caps also?
Yep, they work great.
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