Fishing Rods Carrying Tube




About: I am a single dad of a 11th grade son! I enjoy this website so much, so many things to learn and try to create. I at first thought it was stealing ideas, but being able to put your own special twist is even...

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)
Misc. bolts/nuts/washers

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)

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Step 1:

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.

Step 2:

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.

Step 3:

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.

Step 4:

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!

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    13 Discussions


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, I have carried 3 broken down rods, with the reels being carried in my tackle bag.


    6 years ago

    Okay I have made one before but without a strap just never had one available but reading yours I had an idea, you could glue some plastic styrofoam around the top end inside the pipe and that could make a great lure and hook holder if you don't want to carry unnecessary tackle, cork would work too or wine bottle corks. Just an idea! Thanks for sharing!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, you asked for constructive criticism...
    I absolutely LOVE this idea.
    More pictures the better.
    About how much did the supplies cost?
    How much duct tape did you use? A whole roll?
    Thank you so much for taking the time to post this idea. My boys adn I will certainly be trying this out.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I honestly can't remember back about the supplies. All you are needing is the PVC pipe and a cap. The pipe you can buy most places by the foot. The strap was from an old duffel bag, always find reusables for parts like that. And duct tape, prob 1/4 roll? Yuo could also spray paint it and give it your own camo theme if you wanted. Thanks for the message! Recently, I used it as a quiver when we went camping and took the compound box with us, needed to carry all the arrows.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks, this is perfect ! My boyfriend has his fishing poles in the SUV (which is also our work vehicle!) and is always saying, "watch out for my fishing poles!" "hey, don't put that on my fishing poles!" I decided to look for a fishing rod container and this is perfect. I was gonna email your page to him (okay, we have a business together so his computer is about 3' from mine) but your plan looks so simple I think I'll just go out in our workshop this weekend and make one. I've got plenty of old straps, etc. just need the pipe. Thanks for posting.
    Best wishes to you and your kids, I hope your boy continues to do well in school, it isn't always easy but so worth it !

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you very much for your positive remarks! I have seen these professionally manufactured and sold but why spend that kind of money? I just started picking up fishing again and thanks to this website and all the MANY ideas I have enjoyed viewing, I thought I would make one of my own. I have another plan I want to post but will have to wait to take pictures thru the phases of production. I have always had the nack at looking at things once and being able to remake and put my own twist to it, along with my own ideas of course. Hope your boyfriend enjoys this! Make it as a surprise for him. That would be an awesome gift if it was me, not knowing or expecting it! Take care!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    My dad used to make these! All different sizes from what I remember. But he used to spray paint them instead of the duct tape. Thanks for sharing this!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    This is my 1st Instructable! Please give constructive criticism, or none at all! I look forward to adding other homemade ideas I have that I have turned in to something useful. Thanks for viewing!