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Old 05-05-2010   #1
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Fly Rod Holders for fishing frame?

I'm trying to figure out the best method for protecting assembled rods while they are not in use. Does anyone have rod holders on their frame?

I've seen the ones riverboat works make and I like that design. Just wondering if anyone else has a proven design?


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Old 05-05-2010   #2
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rod holder

We are rigging some up with PVP. A couple of holes at the base to allow for a very small bungee to hold the reel snug. My buddy spoke of using flexible pipe to fit on the end of the pvc to curve the tip of the rod around the front of the raft somewhat. I have a peice of 3 inch diameter Bamboo I want to make a rod holder out of. Let me know if you come across any good ideas.

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I use the PVC and bunggie cord method. Has always worked great for my boats.
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Old 05-05-2010   #4
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I think I will make mine out of gray PVC conduit. I'll heat it with a heat gun and bend it to match the contour of the raft, then bolt it to the frame with u-bolts. I'll let you know how it works when I'm finished.

Too bad it's impossible to make integrated ones like the nicer drift boats have-- that would be the ticket!!
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Old 05-05-2010   #5
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rod holder

i got some super cheap rod holders at walmart. they are plastic with foam cradles. i used to zip tie them to my frame until the last time i fished and i was out of zip ties. i used black tape and they were solid. i think they are made for hard boats but work great for my raft and are easy to get on and off.
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Old 05-05-2010   #6
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pvc conduit here too. I cut a little notch in the end for the reel to slide into then with the bungee so the handle end isn't sticking out of the tube. if you get fatter pipe you can even make one where you can put a rod into each end so the rods are opposing in the same tube. if you want to get really fancy cut a slit down one side and put a divider in it. I also seen guys cut a trench down most of the tube so they can actually put it in and take it out while in the boat. otherwise you have to stop which is no big deal. I just strap mine to the frame.
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Old 05-06-2010   #7
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Glacier Raft Co. in West glacier montana sells a tube built by a local, PVC but lined and fninished on the outside, easy on the rods it's around $100 and worth it. Sorry no picture but I bet if you call em they'd ship

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Old 05-06-2010   #8
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Here are a couple of links to some prefab units. These are way more $$$ than PVC and a bungee cord. I don't have either one so I can't provide any first-hand insight. I have seen the Titan Rod Vault on the yellow truck driving around a couple of times and it is a head-turner. Too bad it costs so much.

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Old 05-08-2010   #9
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Thanks for the ideas. I decided to go the cheap route for now and built them out of pvc conduit. Went out yesterday and they were flawless. Good protection for $15 and no more hanging rods over the stern hoping they don't get broken. Now the only challenge is finding a better way to attach them to the frame (other than zip ties, bungees, tape, etc.).

I'm thinking of making a bracket similar to a U-bolt because I still want to be able to remove them if I'm not fishing. Any other ideas?
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I've been using 1.5" pvc for a few years -strapped to the frame. I have a straight 76" piece that runs along the side tubes, then glued on 22.5 degree elbow and 2' section so it follows the contour of the raft. Make sure you have something to hold it in near the reel so it won't get flushed out of the tubes when you go thru rapids. I know a guy who lost 3 nice rods in the Green River because he didn't have them secured in the tubes.

I know you already have it figured out, but newbies may appreciate another post.

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