DIY Rod Tube: Visual Guide With Images (Do it Yourself Rod Case)
Looking to make yourself your own fishing rod case? You came to the perfect spot! I put together a step by step guide so you can do it. I made sure to include several images. This way, it will be very visual, and it will not be tedious or hard to understand.
I found this amazing and simple tutorial on how to build one of these. I heavily based this tutorial on this video. I added a few suggestions along the way.
Why Would You Want To Build a DIY Rod Tube?
There are a couple of scenarios where you will be in a need to do a build a DIY rod case. Maybe you need to ship your fishing rods somewhere. Or perhaps you are going to take your rods by air traveling or in your car.
Is It Hard Or Complicated To Build a DIY Rod Case?
It's actually pretty simple. The only part where you might struggle a little bit is when you cut the PVC tube. Everything else is pretty straight forward.
DIY Rod Case vs Store Bought Rod Case
There are good and bad sides to both of them. The advantage of building rod tube is that it will be much cheaper. It will also be the only option you have if you don't have a local tackle shop to buy a rod case and you have to travel the next day or so. If you were to buy it online in that particular scenario, it wouldn't get to you on time.
On the other hand, store bought rod cases have more features and in general, they are more solid. You will also have more options to choose from (hard vs soft shell, size, etc.) The downside to them is the price.
How To Do A DIY Fishing Rod Tube/Rod Case (Step by step)
First thing’s first. Go to your local store and get all the materials. This is what you will need:
The second thing you will want to do is to know how long your PVC tube will have to be, because you are going to have to cut it. To do this, you have to know exactly which rods you are going to put inside the tube.
Once you know which rods you will take on rod case, take the longest one. Add 2 inches to that measurement. So, for example, if the longest rod you are taking is a 7’3”, then you will want to cut your PVC pipe at 7’5”. Mark where you are going to cut the PVC tube.
3. Cut the PVC pipe
It’s time to cut the PVC tube! Cut the PVC tube where you made the mark (2 inches more than the longest rod). Now, I don’t want to be Mr. Obvious, especially with this task (you probably won’t achieve this with a kitchen knife). Here are some options on how to cut the PVC tube:
- Use an electric saw. This will be the easiest. I know not everyone has a workshop in their garage but if you do, this will be the easiest for you. Remember to wear safety equipment!
- Use a handsaw. This one is more likely to be in your go-to toolbox. Getting one shouldn’t be expensive or hard. Using this option will make a mess of your workspace. If you use this option, make sure you use a mask. Seriously, you don’t want to breathe that stuff.
- Do it with a PVC cutter. They come in different sizes. Make sure you get one that will work with a 3 or 4 inch diameter, depending on your pipe. This will work better than the handsaw and it won’t leave such a mess. You won’t spend more than $20 on one of these.
- Do it with hand files. This will take longer, but it’s very likely you have one of these in your toolbox. It will be hard work, but it’s an option if it’s what you have.
4. Tip to butt, butt to tip
Note: This only applies if you are going to travel or ship your rods. If you want this rod case for storing your rods in the garage, then it's not mandatory. Bubble wrap is to protect your rods from rough movements.
Lay out your rods on the table (or floor, or wherever you want) and organize them by size. What you are going to do is to grab the two longest rods, and you are going to face them opposite to each other. Tip to butt, butt to tip.
Once you’ve done this, grab the next 2 longest rods and do the same. Repeat this process with all of your rods. So here is an example: the 7’6” will face opposite to the 7’4”, the 7’3 will be facing the opposite to the 7’, and so on.
Make sure that the butts are outside of the rod tips! This will prevent the rod tips from getting damaged.
5. Bundle the rods together
It’s time to start wrapping them with bubble wrap. Not too tight, not too loose. If you are using a bubble wrap roll, it’s very unlikely that the roll is going to be wide enough to cover all of the rods, so do it in parts. Do one part, wrap it up 2 times around and tape it with the scotch tape. Go to the next part of the rods and do the same. Repeat this process until the whole thing is wrapped up. Once you have finished, put the bundle inside the PVC tube.
Make sure that the wrapped rods don’t have any space to move or jiggle when they are inside the PVC tube if there are any rough movements.
6. Close tube with the caps
Put the PVC caps on both sides of the pipe. Make sure you tape the caps. Once you’ve done this, make sure you test the whole thing. Move the PVC tube back and forward. The rods shouldn’t bounce around when you do this.