Ever get tired of carrying your poles so carefully through the brush, tall grass, or woods because they get caught on everything in their way? Want to just keep your hands free when on a nice long trek to that hidden fishing hole? Well that's exactly what I thought, so I created this VERY easy carrying tube to collapse my poles and place them in the tube, and hit the trails! I use a carry bag for my tackle box, so I just remove the reels from the rods and place them in the bag with the tackle, and reassemble when ready to fish.
This Instructable is so very easy, all the supplies/tools you need are:
1 - 3" PVC Cap
1 - 3'ft PVC (thin wall) piece of pipe
Drill (drill bits to match bolt sizes)
The rest are items found around home, such as the strap from a duffle/shoulder type bag, and I chose to use some camo Duct tape and wrap around the pipe.
1 - Strap
1 - Duct tape (if you choose)
First you will need to start with the obvious, purchasing the items shown and listed. I decided to go with 3" thin wall PVC pipe. Purchased from local hardware store, sold by the foot. I included a cap for the bottom of the tube, and got some misc. sized bolts/washers/nuts. If you have to get a larger size piece, that's where the hacksaw will come in handy. 3'ft works best for my frame and height, and standard fishing rod lengths.
Self-explanatory, the cap will be fitted onto the bottom end of the PVC tube. "IF" you choose to wrap the pipe in Duct tape, it may be a little tight of a fit to slide the cap over the tape.
As you can see, I have mounted 2 bolts at the top of the tube. Originally this was to be a way to place a quick removable cap over the reels and the open end of the tube. At this time, (the first item I planned on using (a small foam can koozie)), ripped on me and I have not acquired an alternate yet. But the idea was the koozie would have 2 holes, and I would slide the koozie over the pipe, and stretch over the 2 bolts to hold it in place. You could also use a PVC cap as well, I have just not had a chance to purchase one or devise an alternate plan for a cap.
On the left side of picture, you can also see the strap I chose to use, and I screwed it under the bolt with large washer to help hold in place.
And the final product. I attached the strap (from duffel bag) on to the top and towards the bottom of the tube. After tightening the bolts at the bottom, I replaced the cap onto the tube. I felt like taking it the extra step and wrapped the tube in camo Duct tape, just for fun! (just don't lay it down in tall grass when fishing and walk away and not be able to find it!) Have used twice now. Works really well, just throw onto your back, get to your stopping place, remount the reels onto the fishing rod and you are ready to fish again!