Raft rod storage ideas

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  1. Dennis V

    Dennis V Active Member

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    These were made from Starboard HDPE

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  2. Derek Young

    Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

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    Wait, what? You're doing what on the river?

     
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    The pvc tubes would work nice because they would offer some protection
     
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    Tucked. Damn Siri and voice dictation autocorrect. Sorry for the unintentional f bomb!
     
  5. N-forker

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    I have had a 9' double rod tube made by a local commercial sewing company. The last 4' are left open to accommodate easy rod removal by the angler in the elevated fishing seats of my NRS Frame. The best part is it is easily removed, strapped to any boat, mine or a buddies as well it is a Cordura exterior (Green, Red, Grey, or Blue) and ultra suede interior. It looks sharp ( super important) and does not scratch your rods clear coat finish (even more important!) like just raw plastic or aluminum. There is a shop in West Glacier MT. that stocks them, and as well I think a local rep might be dragging a couple around the West... This is the best "Pro" looking solution I have found. Sorry for the poor pic, I'll try to rally up another soon.

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  6. Stonefly23

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    Good idea's fella's....
     
  7. Itchy Dog

    Itchy Dog Some call me Kirk Werner

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    When I was searching for info on how to go about fabricating rod tubes I found this thread. Now that I'm done, I'll just chime in here and offer up how I went about doing what I using PVC conduit for stowing fully-rigged single handers on the rubber floaty. Thanks to those who posted their projects previously.

    http://unaccomplishedangler.com/2014/01/rafts-and-rod-tubes/
     
  8. mbowers

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    After I did all my painful bending with a heat gun (I couldn't get good bends without first filling the pipe with sand which was an extra time consuming step) a guy (who builds swimming pools for a living) pointed out flexible PVC to me. It's much more expensive than the straight lengths ($25 versus $5), but still not that expensive if it saves you an hour per rod holder. Looks like a swimming pool or spa supply place would be the place to start looking.

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    http://www.spadepot.com/shop/Flex-P...zmap=BX95150&gclid=CLPy04-z7LsCFQlgMgodVSYAGA
     
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  9. Josh

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    I wonder what kind of strength it has. A guy could accidentally step on PVC and it would likely be fine. Would this stuff be the same? Or would it be more like plastic tubing and crush?
     
  10. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    I want to build the same rod holder as luke but looking at the pictures i am asking my self if there are any issues changing out rods while on the water. Luke is your front seat fisherman able to reach down and pull the rod out while moving? I was thinking about enlarging the cut to maybe 18inches to allow for access.
     
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    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    Actually, no. In order to remove a rod, you need to be out of the boat and pull straight back. This also prevents broken tips as well. I thought about this when designing the cut and decided I wanted the added protection as a lot of people use the tube as a "step" when entering/exiting the raft, so I was fearful of making the cut too large. That being said, I think you could get away with making it larger and still have your rods be safe, you just have to find the sweet spot. Let me know what you come up with!
     
  13. Itchy Dog

    Itchy Dog Some call me Kirk Werner

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    You might also consider a larger cutout and breaking your Spey rods in half. That's what I've done for the long rods just to keep the length of the storage tube shorter. This way the rods can be retrieved from inside the boat if need be. Nearly always, however, I'd be pulled up on a gravel bar in order to employ the Spey rods.
     
  14. TonyZ

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    I took a 4" piece of septic drain pipe (the white stuff with the per drilled round holes) and cut 1/3 of it off on the table saw, then zip tied it to the frame. I made keepers with double sided Velcro.
     
  15. Drifting man Grann

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    Electrical conduit is designed to be heated and bent. Just use a simple gas torch to heat it, the only problem with this the conduit will turn a brown color but you can paint it after heating. It might work better for kind of project. It's a fast simple way to get the project done if it gets too hot and starts to catch on fire it will not affect the rigidity of the PVC it's designed for that kind of heat


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