DIY: Fishing Rod Case
A fishing rod is a complex and somewhat delicate piece of equipment that needs to be protected when transported or stored. While top-of-the-line rods often come with storage bags or cases, others need a case. Cases are available for sale, but making your own can be a relatively simple undertaking.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Plan and Purchase Materials
Things You’ll Need:
- PVC cement
PVC pipe and end caps (or, optionally one end cap and one open female-threaded end cap and one male-threaded end plug)
A rag or paper towel
A fine-toothed hand saw, such as a coping saw or hacksaw
A cloth or towel
- PVC cement
- PVC pipe and end caps (or, optionally one end cap and one open female-threaded end cap and one male-threaded end plug)
- A marker
- A rag or paper towel
- A fine-toothed hand saw, such as a coping saw or hacksaw
- A cloth or towel
Measure the length of your fishing rod and its widest point (usually the handle or reel attachment aparatus).
Based on these measurements, select and purchase PVC plastic pipe, available at hardware or building materials stores. The pipe's diameter should be sufficient to fit your fishing rod comfortably inside it. Also buy PVC end caps that fit snugly over the pipe's ends.
Purchase a marker, fine-toothed saw and PVC cement if needed.
If the PVC pipe is not the desired length, measure and mark the pipe so it will be a length at least an inch longer than the rod, and cut the pipe to this length with the saw. Make sure the cut is perpendicular to the length of the pipe. Remove any plastic filings attached to the newly cut end.
One end cap can be cemented to the pipe if desired, although it is not necessary if the caps fit snugly on the ends. Daub cement in a circular motion around the outside of the end of the pipe and the inside of the lip of the cap and wait a moment for the cement to set up. Put the prepared cap over the prepared end of the pipe and turn the cap about one-quarter turn. Allow the cement to harden for several minutes. Use the paper towel or rag to remove any cement extruding from the seam between the pipe and cap.
If your fishing rod doesn't have a cloth bag for carrying and storage, you can wrap your rod in any available cloth or towel to prevent the rod from hitting the sides of the tube when inside it. Put the rod in the tube and place the other end cap over the end to seal it.
If the removable end cap does not fit snugly on the pipe, an alternative is to cement an open female-threaded end cap to the other end of the pipe as described in Step 2. The case is then secured by screwing the male-threaded end plug into this end cap.
Tips & Warnings
More than one fishing rod usually can be placed in the PVC tube if they are carefully wrapped separately to prevent them from hitting each other in the tube.
Article Written By Gary Olson
Gary Olson is a freelance writer, editor, photographer and designer with 34 years of experience. His work has appeared in such publications as Sailing, Northwest Living, 5280, The Arizona Republic, The Denver Post and many other newspapers and magazines. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.
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