Alittle while ago, I wrote an article on foraging for food locally. One of my favorite forms of foraging includes fishing. Unfortunately, over a period of two recent fishing trips, I lost one pole due to it flying out of the bed of my truck while offroading and another pole simply snapped in half. Now guys, what better reason than to get some new poles, right? I mean, even the wife can’t argue that purchase. Anyway, I headed down to the local Turner’s Outdoorsman (sporting goods store) and after alittle shopping and comparing, I walked out with two brand new Fennwick (5’6″ ultralight / fast action and a 6′ light / fast action) and two Okuma Californians. Why two? One setup for my wife, of course. I did, however, feel alittle guilty because I had spent more than I’d planned, but I figured with proper care, these poles will last me a long time… which brings me to the topic of this article.
DIY Fishing Pole Case
The last poles that I had were a lot less expensive (about $40 for the rod and reel). And because they were so cheap, I didn’t put as much care into protecting them (childish error, I know). Anyway, since these poles were a lot more, I wanted to make sure I protected them from damage during transportation. I checked out some commercial pole cases, but most were very big and required the reels to be removed. Now I’m not big on removing the reel after each use, so I put the old brain to work and came up with the case below. It’s basically made from a 5″ x 5″ vinyl post, two matching caps, and some salvaged materials from some old packs I’d been saving. This DIY Fishing Pole Case holes two rods with reels attached. Here’s the build.
1 – 4′ length of 5″ x 5″ vinyl fence post (I had to buy the entire 8′ section at the Home Depot)
2 – 5″ x 5″ post caps (see picture above)
1 – salvaged backpack handle
12 – feet of 1″ nylon webbing
2 – fastex buckles
2 – 1″ x 4″ strips of velcro
1) Measuring for your rods – measure the length of your fishing rods and add approximately 3″. My rods are two piece rods and therefore, the longest section was 35.5″ I added 3″ and came up with a total length of 38.5″.
2) Cutting the main body – cut the vinyl fence post to the length you just measure. I used a miter saw and cut the 8′ vinyl fencepost to 38.5″. There was a lot of plastic debris as well dust inside the fence post, so I hosed it out. Attach the end caps. You’re done (sort of)!
3) Making the handle – using the salvaged nylon, velcro, backpack handle, and fastex buckles, I used my sewing machine and made a harness to go around the fishing rod case and over the end caps. The straps that goes over the end caps helps to secure the caps in place. The fastex buckles make it easy to detach the end caps and remove the rods.
The DIY Fishing Rod case holds both my rods and reels securely and protects them from being crushed during transport. The only thing I’m not totally satisfied with is that the reel handles must be collapsed for both rods to fit. A minor inconvenience, but nothing compared to having to remove the reels and transport separately.
Since building the DIY Fishing Rod case, I’ve used it several times and so far, no other complaints. There is really nothing to it so it does it’s job fine. The rods remain protected on or off road, the straps over the end caps prevent the end caps from accidentally falling off, and the fastex buckles make it easy for me to remove the end caps to retrieve my rods.
I had tried lining the inside of the DIY Fishing Rod case with some soft materials to further protect the rods. I have some 1/8″ thick padded felt material that I can use, but I haven’t found an adhesive I want to use yet. I tried double sided tape and it worked for the first couple of times, but eventually the tape started to peel away. I thought about using a spray adhesive, but I’m alittle concerned about the odor of the spray adhesive penetrating the fishing line and scaring away the fish. If anyone has a solution, I’d love to hear it.
Hope this helps someone other there. Happy fishing.~ John, Modern Bushman>