Old ski rack = roof rod carrier

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  1. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    I've been looking for a while now for ways to transport my rods without using those suction cup racks or having to break them down. I found some forums on the web of guys in Florida using ski racks to run their long beach rods up and down the beaches, so figured that was a good place to start. I priced the Yakima and Thule racks out and, NO THANK YOU! $600 is a bit steep for a convenience. I ended up stumbling on an old set of barrecrafter ski racks and figured they might fit the bill if I got creative. Here's what I came up with for the cost of gear ties, velcro, and foam tape.

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    Front rack, clamps open
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    back rack, gear ties holding rods from rattling around. Foam tape around bars to absorb any incidental impact.[​IMG]

    From the bed
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    As you can see, this works with two handers as well as single handers and really holds them steady. I have no concerns doing freeway speeds now with fully strung rods.

    So, for those of you looking for ways to get those rods to the river already strung, might poke around craigslist, the goodwill, yard sales, or even your local ski shop (what I did) for some old and no longer "functional" ski racks. Happy hunting!
     
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    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Aren't you concerned about the tips being whipped around by the wind from driving freeway speeds.
     
  3. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    No, the wind isn't going to do any more whipping than clients do.

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    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Well thought out piece of repurposed gear.
     
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    Really nice. A friend of mine uses his ski rack in the same way.
     
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    papafsh Piscatorial predilection

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    Luke77,
    If we had an award for innovative solutions to a common problem, you would win it, for sure. Since we don't I'll just say "Great Idea" and let it go at that.
    I'm going to keep my eye out for one of those racks myself.
    Thanks,

    LB
     
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    Very nice! Much less ghetto redneck than mine, and with better storage capacity!
     
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    dp ~El Pescador

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    you haven't lost a reel cover?
     
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    I found out stock luggage racks on a Subaru won't support a pontoon boat at highway speed, when I noticed mine doing somersaults down the road as I glanced in my rearview.
    Great idea on the rod holder. I hate breaking down rods just to jump a mile or two.
     
  10. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    Haven't run freeways yet, but can't see why I would.

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    The whole idea makes me nervous. I put my rods through my hatchback and secure them under the headrest. Not perfect but I can keep my expensive plastic stick safe while flying down a gravel road. Your setup looks great though, and I hope it works as good as it looks!
     
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  12. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    The packaged rod holders from vac-rack or sumo will never be as secure as what this is. I find solace in that and have no issues. Additionally, the racks are locked in by the door being shut, so the rod would have to grow fingers, untie the ties, flip up the lock, and wiggle its way out of the holder. Pretty sure none of that will happen. I'm good.

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    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    Thats a great piece of repurposeing, By far better than the stuff the develop on the red green tv show because theres no duct tape involved.
     
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    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I just stick my rods through the canopy into my truck cab. Having windows that open in both the truck and canopy sure keep things neat. I can keep any number of rods altogether so all I have to do is stop open up the back and grab what rod I want to use.

    Also all my rods are 9' or shorter. No need for a Spey rod where I fish
     
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    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    Quick update:

    I have used these now for a couple months now. Rods have been carried at speeds up to 80 mph with zero issues.
     
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    patrick barta Love'em - N - Leave'em

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    Been running rods in ski racks for over 10 years now. Drove from the Big Horn to Eburg once with them on top some 8 years ago. Still fishing the same rods so I guess they hold up fine.

    You do have to make sure your reel seats are tight. I have had the reels come loose and drop to the side if the truck before.

    You do need to be aware of that switch rod hanging back that extra 2.5 feet when backing up to the garage door.
     
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    Snowboard racks work really well also.
     

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