Old ski rack = roof rod carrier

Luke77

I hope she likes whitefish
#1
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.

Front view


From the ground side view




Front rack, clamps open


clamps closed


back rack, gear ties holding rods from rattling around. Foam tape around bars to absorb any incidental impact.


From the bed


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!
 

papafsh

Piscatorial predilection
#6
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
 
#9
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.
 

Kyle Smith

DBA BozoKlown406
#11
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!
 

Luke77

I hope she likes whitefish
#12
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!
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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Old Man

Just an Old Man
#14
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!
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