DIY Fishing Rod Tubes

Do you know how simplest is DIY fishing rod tubes by yourself? You have one additional rod without any rod tube and sock. You’ve been postponing buying a tube. Why do not you simply make your own?! With $4.00 and about a 1/2 hour of your time, you’ll have a DIY rod tube. These will not win beauty contests. However, they work just like any retail version. Read here the best ways to Do It Yourself.

Fishing Rod Tubes

DIY Rod Tubes

They’re not pretty. However, they sure work!

From time-to-time, somewhere down the line, you’ll require a rod tube because of that one rogue pole without a tube and a sock. You have stalled on purchasing a rod tube because they are so darned costly.

And the cost is right too.

The materials

The materials required are very small, and the investment is little. You’ll require:

A rag

Rag

PVC piping, schedule 40 works fine

pvc pipe

A china marker

china-marker

PVC Cement and Primer

PVC Cement and Primer

A fine-toothed, little hand saw or kerfed pipeline

Hand Saw

1 opens female-threaded endcap

female-threaded endcap

1 male-threaded end plug

male-threaded-endcap

1 closed endcap

Closed Endcap

A simple cost breakdown exposes an attractive cost to this DIY job. For a 3-foot rod tube, the costs were:

  • 3′ x1′ flannel fabric for rod sock: $0.25
  • PVC pipe: $0.238 per foot: $0.71
  • Glue and tools: negligible cost
  • Threaded end plug: $0.57
  • Threaded end cap: $0.98
  • Closed end cap: $1.49

TOTAL COST FOR A 3-FOOT TUBE and sock fabric: $4.00.

 

The upfront material costs are little, and the material itself is easy to find at anywhere. (R to L middle row: male-threaded end plug, open female-threaded endcap, closed endcap).

Getting Stated

  • Lay the PVC on a flat surface and measure your pole(s) against the PVC. Mark the cut point with a marker. You can cut the PVC to the exact length of the pole as the end cap and threaded cap add about a 1/2″ to the length, providing you with an additional inch to play with.
  • After the PVCs cut to length, line them up and arrange all the necessary end pieces behind the tube in the order where you will assemble: threaded end cap, then the closed end cap. It’ll be glad you arranged the parts because PVC cement dries very rapidly, leaving you little time to shuffle around trying to find the parts.

DIY Fishing Rod Tubes

  • Set out the pre-cut PVC and all parts before putting together. Make sure to work in well-ventilated locations such as a garage, as shown here.

Cementing and Priming

  • Before joining the parts, clean them with a wet cloth to get rid of shipping debris and dust. This will aide in the glueing and priming steps. Be considerate of yourself and perform this step in a well-ventilated area such as your garage or the back patio.
  • All PVC requires some priming to ‘scuff’ up the surface. This completed with a chemical PVC primer. Be aware as PVC primer will most assuredly drop where you do not want it. Pre-fit the pieces to feel where the PVC contact points are. BE sure to prime the inside of each fitting and the tube.
  • Apply the cement in the same style, covering both the inside of the fitting and the PVC tube with ample cement. Quickly assemble the fitting on the PVC tube and twist to make sure full coverage of the cement to all the glued surfaces. In just a couple of moments, the cement will set.

Cement PVC

Be careful with PVC prime, its stains and runny almost everything.

When the tubes are putting together and glued, allow them about an hour of curing time in a well-ventilated area. It’s not advisable to stick your pole in the newly glued tube. There just might be some cement that hasn’t fully dried.

 

Choosing a Fishing Rod Case

It is surprising how many people are willing to spend hundreds of dollars on the fishing rod, and then not take care of it properly. How many fishers have you seen lugging naked rods from and to the boat/bank without any form of protection at all? A fishing pole is dominant when fishing a fish, but outside of that little window of usage, it is a fragile thing. Always use some carryall or fishing rod case when moving your expensive rods.

Fishing Rod Cases for Freshwater Fishermen

Over the last few years, things have changed in the manner in which many freshwater anglers wish to carry their fishing tackle. Formerly, they would bring their terminal tackle, reels and with rods all broken down. When coming to their fishing spot, they would take their rod out, put it together, attach the reel together, run the line through the rod eyes then attach their terminal tackle. These days, they seem to prefer to leave everything established, and carry everything to the bank all prepared to go. So fishing rod cases have changed too.

BW Sports Dual 2-Piece Reel and Rod Case

bw-sports-dual-2-piece-rod-and-reel-case

An example of this is this. This is a rod case that has been designed to carry two rods, with reels in place. The reels have their snug, expanded compartment at the lower end of the pole case. This is, in fact, a little rod carrier, if you only want to bring 2 rods.

BW Sports offers fantastic quality and value in their rod case line. One extra zipper pocket offered on easy opening zipper flaps on the Double Rod Cases and all rod cases. All rod cases come with the web manages, padded shoulder straps, internal nylon socks and padded reel sections.

Fishing Rod Case Organizer

fishing-rod-case-organizer

If you wish to bring more than 2 rods, you need something a little bigger. How do you fit few rods inside one case? That answer is you do not. You fit them on the outside, much like what this rod does. This is a rod bag that can carry up to five rods, currently comprised. Although it should note that it does not offer as much protection as rod cases that keep the rods internally.

It safely fastened with double straps at the top of the bag and feature a quick fastener strap around the outside centre that secures gear throughout transportation. Interior compartment has lots of room to store equipment, tackle, extra reels and more.

Waterproof Double-Layer Camo Fishing Rod Carrier

Waterproof Double-Layer Camo Fishing Rod Carrier

Potentially the best alternative is something of an all-round pole case, which can carry some different rods, as well as other items such as fishing umbrella and bank sticks. This is a carryall that is light, however, can bring many fishing tackles. And at less than $20 it is a real bargain for sure.

If you only want some very basic protection for a single rod, then you can’t beat the stark functionality of the Plano Fabric Rod Tube. It has a lot of cushioning, so it’s, in fact, a pretty good rod case for offering protection. Again, it’s not waterproof, but that’s not such a horrible thing at the end of the day.

Fishing Rod Cases for Fly Fishermen

We have started with fly fishers for some reason, as they are usually the guiltiest of bringing naked rods. Fly fishing is a traditional form of fishing with a long heritage. In the past, fly anglers brought their rods naked because lightweight and modern materials were not available, and fly anglers are mobile. These days there is no reason for not taking good care of the pricey fishing pole.

Allen Company Thunder River Fly Rod Case

Allen Company Thunder River Fly Rod Case

If our first selection was too heavy (it does bring 2 rods after all), or too pricey, then have a look at the Allen Company Thunder River Fly Rod Case. At a little over $25, this would be a no-brainer for every fly angler. The bare minimum fishing pole case to protect their fishing pole.

The rigid tube protects the rod, while the lined reel and cushioned compartment will protect your reel. The clear I.D. window permits you to put your name tag on the case quickly.

BW Sports Dual 2-Piece Fly Rod and Reel Case

BW Sports Dual 2-Piece Fly Rod and Reel Case

For under $55, which is less than many fly fishers would spend to replace their leader and backing, you get a rugged, appealing and lightweight fishing rod case that will protect your fly reel.

Not just one pole, however, two. Seriously, why are you bringing a naked fly rod when you can buy something like this? It does not make sense.

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