Fishing is a hobby for many of us. Driving to the nearby lake or river and sitting back while fishing on a sunny Sunday morning is truly remarkable. However, packing the fishing gear is a hassle.
It is annoying to break the fishing rods into shorter lengths so they can fit in the back of the trunk. It would be great to arrive at the river and find all my fishing equipment assembled and ready to use.
Have you ever wondered how to easily fit all your fishing rods in your car? A fishing rod roof rack tube can be the best solution to transporting your fishing tools without any stress.
What is a fishing rod roof rack tube?
Fishing rods come in different shapes and sizes. The tricky part is when you want to mount it on your car roof so you can go on the fishing trip you have been waiting for.
Fishing rods should be kept straight and robust because any crack or impact may cause them to lose agility. It is vital to keep them in a secured holder, away from extreme pressure or bends, while transporting them.
With a fishing rod roof rack tube, you can easily place your fishing rods inside the tube and tie the tube to the roof rack to securely transport the fishing rods in your car.
How to tie fishing rods to roof racks
Now that you know why you need a roof rack fishing rod holder, it is also best to learn what gears to buy. You can purchase roof racks online or at any hardware store made explicitly for holding large fishing rods.
These roof racks have magnets so that they can be attached strictly to your car’s roof. Some contain foam padding on the inside so that the fishing rods have more cushioning while on the vehicle.
Once you have the roof rack holder, you need to lock the fishing rod to the rack.
Here are some steps that you may follow:
- The first step is to remove any lures from the fishing pole for safer transport. Untie the fishing lures and keep them separately. Any attached fishing lines should also be weaved in the pole to avoid the line from flying during the car ride.
- If you have multiple fishing rods, tie the rods together just below the reel using a bungee cord. If you are good at tying knots, you can also use some ropes to tie the rods together tightly.
- Place the fishing rod tube for roof rack with the handle-end facing forward. Use two bungee cords to secure the fishing rods to the roof rack, one at the front and one at the end.
- Keep in mind to not tie the rods too tightly so that they may bend or break.
DIY roof rack fishing rod tube
There are many types and designs of roof rack fishing rod holder tubes in the market; however, most are costly. If cost is an issue and you want to be adventurous, you can make one yourself.
These are the things you need to get started:
- A Conduit Carrier kit
- 6 inch, 10 ft PVC pipe
- Paint/ Plasti Dip
- silicone glue
How to build a DIY fishing rod roof rack tube
Once you have all the necessary tools stated above, you can start building your fishing rod tube holder.
Step 1: Ensure the correct length of the pipe
You may have different length fishing rods, and therefore, you should first ensure that the PVC pipe you will be used as the holder is the correct length.
Place your fishing rods inside the pipe and mark the length of the rod. If needed, cut the pipe shorter using a hack saw. When cutting, place the pipe on a vise or a workbench to keep the pipe in place.
Step 2: Clean and customize the pipe
Since this PVC pipe will be the fishing rod holder, you have to clean the exterior. Use a clean cloth and acetone to clean the pipe properly.
Afterward, you can use Plasti Dip to spray paint the exterior so that it looks less like a pipe. The paint will also add durability and sophistication.
Step 3: Drill and secure the end caps
The Conduit Carrier kit contains two end caps, one with a locking door mechanism that you have to attach to your pipe. It also comes with 4 U bolts and some screws to screw the caps to the pipe.
After you have painted and dried the pipe, place the end caps on both ends of the pipe. There are pre-made holes in the cap, and you need to place them over the pipe and then drill screws over them.
Step 4: Seal with silicone
After drilling the end caps into the pipe, use silicone on the openings to prevent any water or debris.
Step 5: Secure pipe to roof rack
Using the four U-bolts from the Conduit Carrier kit, place the pipe on top of the roof rack and screw the U-bolts on top of the pipe.
Follow all the steps and you will be able to build the best fishing rod roof rack on your own.
Frequently asked questions
Should fishing rods be stored vertically or horizontally?
They can be placed both ways if the storage system has proper support to keep the rods straight.
How do you transport a fishing pole?
The best way is to use a case specifically made for carrying fishing rods. However, if you don’t have one, you can also use a roof rack to tightly secure the rods and place them in a tube.
Is it okay to store fishing rods in a garage?
Yes, it is acceptable to store fishing rods in the garage as long as they are kept in a dry environment.
Can you store fishing rods outside?
It is not ideal for storing fishing rods outside, but you can store them in the shed or backyard. Make sure to keep it away from sunlight and rain.
Can heat damage fishing rods?
Yes, since most fishing rods contain glue and fiberglass, excess heat may damage the integrity of the rod.
What is a fishing rod sleeve?
A rod sleeve or a rod pocket is an extra layer of coverage for your fishing rods so that they don’t get stuck on something and break.
We know how frustrating it is to transport long fishing rods in a car. The best and safest way to carry your fishing rods is to use a fishing rod roof rack tube.
Not only will the tube help to keep the rod from cracking or breaking, but the roof rack attached to the fishing rod tube is also an excellent way to transport your fishing equipment in style.
Hi, I’m Charles Walden. I love fishing and kayaking in Arizona’s Salt River. My grandpa got me hooked on fishing when I was young, and he taught me almost everything about it.
I love spending time outdoors with my family and friends, and fishing is one of my favorite activities. It’s a great way to relax and enjoy nature. Thanks for taking the time to learn more about me.