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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 19:46

Building a Rod Tube

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I've recently been in the market for a way to carry my fishing rods on long trips besides in the lap of my passenger in my truck.  For most trips I lay the rods from the back seat into the front passenger seat but for long trips this seems to annoy my passenger.  After hours and hours of searching the internet I finally found exactly what I was looking for.  It was the A.R.E. rod pod, that is until I found the price out on it.


So I went ot the drawing board and tried to figure out how to duplicate this and came up with a pretty close version of this for 1/5 of the price.  I started my quest on amazon and found the end caps which have been the hardest part for me to track down.  I went with a conduit carrier made by Reese.  

After I figured out the ends the rest of it was easy.  I went to the local hardware store where I found a 6" PVC pipe that was 10ft long.  I cut this down to 7.5 feet since none of my rods are over 7 feet in length.  I then plastidipped the tube black to make it look a little better and installed the Reese ends.  I then put some foam padding in the front to protect the tips and finally installed it on my roof.  The following pics are how it turned out.  You be the judge of how it looks but for parts less than $100 and about 35 minutes of work, I think it's a keeper.  


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Andrew Morrow

I've been fishing since I could walk.  When I was younger my grandfather would pick me up at my house weekly and take me to the local lake to bank fish with him.  I caught tons of fish from the bank this way but in 2007 realized I needed to get out ON the water and bought my first fishing kayak.  Since then you won't find me fishing any other way and I'm mostly on the Susquehanna or Juniata Rivers.  Besides kayak fishing I also am the chapter coordinator for the Central PA Chapter of Heroes on the Water.  

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# TonyMSP 2015-03-04 14:45
I think this is one the best DIY projects I've seen in a long time. Nice work!
# Kayak_angler 2015-03-21 17:42
I love this! I drive a small SUV and this would be perfect on top.
# Jason TCH 2015-07-03 09:57
This is brilliant. I will be ordering those caps today! How many rods/reels can you fit in there?
# Ranger393 2015-11-16 11:02
Really good looking rod carrier. I made one similar a few years ago to go on my Jeep. The only difference is that I used a screw cap on one end. I like your carrier MUCH better. Now I have to get those caps and make another carrier!! Thanks for the great DIY article.
# MNBassFisher 2016-02-24 15:37
Great looking DIY Andrew! Thanks for sharing. Now the question I have is how will I attach that to the roof racks on my Jeep as they don't go out as far as yours.

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