Build a rod holder for your spare rod

IveofIone

Active Member
#1
Here are some pics of a simple rod holder I built to hold my second rod in the new boat. It is made from an 11'' piece of 2'' OD PVC pipe and a scrap of 2x4. I made a couple of test cuts originally to determine the best cutout shape to hold the rod. Once I had that figured out I was able to produce several more for my vaarious boats and also for the stake pockets in my pickup truck. The truck holders are really handy when you are fishing a stream like Kelly Creek where you are constantlly driving from one location to another.

I like these things because there are no straps or clamps to put them in place, just build the base to whatever your needs are and screw it in place. I also have one on my South Fork on which the base had a hole the size of the boat's tubing drilled through it then cut across the hole diameter with a saw and attach the halves back together across the tubing much like the main bearing on a connecting rod. The screws make it easily adjustable for any angle and removal takes just seconds.

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Plecoptera

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#4
Nice work, looks good! I'm thinking of doing something similar for my cat frame. What did you use to cut the opening in the pipe and smooth the edges? I was thinking a hack saw for the cuts and some 100/280 grit for softening the edges.
 

IveofIone

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#7
Plecoptera, The best way to cut the tubing is to make a layout of the cut lines with a sharp marking pen then drill about a 5/16'' hole at each of the corners of the layout. I usually make the main cutout on my table saw and then finish the job with a sabre saw. The drilled holes eliminate sharp corners and make the finish sanding easier.

Steve, don't insult the real master craftsmen! I am just a hack woodworker at best having a hell of a lot of fun in a well equipped shop. The companion piece to the spare rod holder is nearing completion now. It is a rod caddy to hold the rod I am fishing with while I row or troll. It solves the problem of where to put your rod when you can't have it in your hand. Pictures soon.

Ive
 

Brian Miller

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#10
Yes, Very Nice! I purchased a couple of similar holders that strap onto the tube of my Water Master. I like that simple "bolt action" design because it is waaaay less likey to catch a fly line than a Scotty, especially when stopped/pausing to step off the seat to work a fishy spot with a few casts. One holder was included in the WM Kodiak expedition package with a integrated molded mount with a radius that orients the rod vertically. The other is from Dave Inks (Water Strider) that orients the rod at about 45* in the line of travel by using a couple of slots to thread straps through the bottom of the pipe for holding it in place on the tubes. I greatly prefer Dave's simpler design but it's a lot heavier. I might just pick up some lighter pipe and use your method of cutting out the rod slot.
 

IveofIone

Active Member
#11
Rob, I used a 2'' Forstner bit with the wood clalmped in a vise and the vise clamped to the drill press table. If you don't have that you can achieve a similar result cutting a shallow V with a table saw , a band saw or a coping saw.