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Old 04-30-14, 09:35 AM
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Carrying fishing rods

I like to fish and there are some decent places to go within 10 miles of home. The only trouble is, how to carry a pole or two without destroying them. Any suggestions? I'm pretty handy with PVC and other random things.
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On their first bicycle trip across the country, Russ fell in love with fly fishing. I think he has several break-down rods that he carries on their trips.
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Telescopic! Seriously.. I have 5 different telescopic fishing rods, from light light light action, to medium heavy.. the largest is collapsible to about 18" in length, the smallest probably about 12", you can pop them into a pump holder on the frame, put them in a pannier, strap them to the rack, have them in a pack on your back.. or even mount a short section of PVC horizontally to your rack, when I did this I took an old trashed piece of inner tube and a screw and made a stretch strap to hold the rod from bouncing out just in case.. worked quite well. If you want any specifics just let me know.. I love fishing and biking and combining the two.
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Sadly I need to keep using the spinning rods I have. All break down into 36" or so sections. My fishing gear money went into a bike this year.

Raleigh, I would like to see your setup!

Now to figure out how to carry a shotgun to where I shoot trap!
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Other than a 'Ronco' Popeil Pocket fisherman As Seen on TV Ronco Pocket Fisherman - Walmart.com

handy with PVC
PVC tube would take the pole and handle , easily , the reel may have to be packed separately ,

but the pole and reel makers are separate companies , that is not tough to do either .. they are made to fit .

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Old 04-30-14, 11:02 AM
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It is pretty easy to carry a fishing rod on a bike. Here is my fly rod on my MTB along with U/L camping gear:

You could use pvc pipe if you don't care about weight or the lighter tubes made to slide over flourescent light tubes, but I find a cloth sleeve adequate.

The light tubes I mentioned are these:
Lithonia Lighting 4 ft. Fluorescent Tube Protector-TGT12CL4 R24 at The Home Depot
They are pretty cheap, readily available, and can be cut to length. You will need to make or find an end cap of some sort to fit, maybe a standard pvc cap or a wooden plug?
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Old 04-30-14, 11:29 AM
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Plenty of people in my neck of the woods simply ride with poles sticking up out of old panniers or even a deep bucket attached to a rear rack.
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Old 04-30-14, 11:35 AM
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I remember reading once a guy put his fishing rod in his seat tube- don't know if it's really doable, but I thought that it was a great idea when I read it. Also, I don't fish that much, but I have the gear for when I have the time, but why couldn't one use an ice fishing rod? They're short, and strong as we've taken some big walleye, and even larger jackfish with 'em.
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Fish with my fishing rods all the time! I simply attach a PVC tube to the bike rack using hose clamps. There are times when I carry 4 11' rods with me.

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Fish with my fishing rods all the time! I simply attach a PVC tube to the bike rack using hose clamps. There are times when I carry 4 11' rods with me.

Nice setup. That's kinda what I was thinking but wasn't sure if it was practical.
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++ on the telescopic. I have 2 and i use the one quite a bit. I used to take it on my motorcycle too. But you can always change the reel in needed. But i mostly fished for trout or panfish. And i never worried about where to keep them on the ride home. They were a great mid ride meal! I really enjoyed doing those little fishing trips when i was younger. In my hiking pack now, which will be in my panniers for touring with my wife soon. i have it even more broken down to using a pole tip, some line and i still use it for trolling trout. I have some yoyo auto fishing reels too. They are fun to put in place in the evening, then return back to get the fish...and off to the pan again!
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Originally Posted by Hauptmann6 View Post
Nice setup. That's kinda what I was thinking but wasn't sure if it was practical.
That looks fine for riding a short distance to a fishing spot from home. It sounds like that is what you want to do, so it might be a perfect solution.

If on the other hand the goal was to carry a rod on long tours I'd do something else.
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That looks fine for riding a short distance to a fishing spot from home. It sounds like that is what you want to do, so it might be a perfect solution.

If on the other hand the goal was to carry a rod on long tours I'd do something else.
Agree but I rode ~ 30 miles with that rod on the back that day on Marthas Vineyard.....no fish though
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Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
It is pretty easy to carry a fishing rod on a bike. Here is my fly rod on my MTB along with U/L camping gear:

You could use pvc pipe if you don't care about weight or the lighter tubes made to slide over flourescent light tubes, but I find a cloth sleeve adequate.

The light tubes I mentioned are these:
Lithonia Lighting 4 ft. Fluorescent Tube Protector-TGT12CL4 R24 at The Home Depot
They are pretty cheap, readily available, and can be cut to length. You will need to make or find an end cap of some sort to fit, maybe a standard pvc cap or a wooden plug?
This is what I use except mine came with end caps. Much lighter than PVC and plenty tough.
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That's awesome!

For taking fish home this style grocery bag works great. Throw in a frozen water bottle or two to keep the fish cold and you are good to go for the day.

DON'T buy it from this auction. You can get them at the grocery store for $3
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Rods and tackle are actually in the pannier, camp stool mounted on the side for lakeside seating. I plan to build a chair mount for that one...

This is a more specialized example...


This guy is in the bag in the pic above...

Here's a shot of how the gear is carried on that one, note the rod in the pump holder and some tackle in the framebag with the emergency repair kit.


My last example

Made the "pannier" out of an old soft sided bag, rod holder is a length of pvc secured with bailing wire, bucket secured to rack via bungees, the rod holder in the pic is the one using an old innertube as a securing strap. The trailer in the picture is also part of the setup.. the box on the back of the car contains a float tube that I've been known to haul around in the trailer.

Converting a bike to carry fishing gear can be cheap to free, and quite easy. Best of luck to you!
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Thanks! That's some good food for thought.

And nice fish!
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Six year old thread.
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Six year old thread.
Yeah, the guy who asked is either long gone or has solved his problem long ago. That said I'll post on the topic again out of boredom...
I have found carrying a fly rod a great addition on backpacking trips. On bike tours not so much. For me at least I am likely to be riding all day and not very likely to be somewhere that I will wet a line at the end of the day. I am much more likely to need to deal with multiple states licencing issues on a bike tour. It gets messy and expensive and for me given the very limited amount of times I'd actually manage to fish on a bike tour very much not worth it on most tours. I can see where it could be worth it on some particular tour, but none that I have done so far come to mind. I have planned to do some off road touring where it would be fun, but have not actually done it.

Backpacking on the other hand I am likely to not only be in a single state where one license will cover the trip, but am likely to pass many streams and lakes during the day. I might actually hike with my fly rod in my hand in some places and make a few casts at every stream I see if I feel like it. Some places in the Sierras that was a lot of fun and there were tons of hungry trout in the many tiny streams. I actually caught enough to rely on them as food and saved enough in food weight to offset the weight in fishing gear in places like the JMT. Strangely the places where everyone was fishing (lakes) I didn't have much luck and didn't see any one else catching anything, but the places where I saw absolutely no one fishing (little streams) pretty much every decently presented cast resulted in a small but edible trout.
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Six year old thread.
Based on the user name of the reviver, I have to wonder if there's a connection to the website referenced.
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Drop Ron Popeil's Pocket Fisherman in your pannier and you're all set. (Look it up kids)
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Another Zombie thread resurrected. Ah well. If I'm going to fish after riding my bicycle then I take my telescoping fishing rod since it fits very nicely in even a small pannier and is totally protected and out of the way.

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Drop Ron Popeil's Pocket Fisherman in your pannier and you're all set. (Look it up kids)
I remember those Popeils TV commercials from the 70's
It's got some staying power !!
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