How to pack fishing rods for moving

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Fishing is almost always a lot of fun… but packing fishing gear for moving seldom is. Naturally, the major problem when moving fishing equipment from one home to another comes when you have to protect your fishing poles during the house move. But why?

It’s fairly simple to guess why – fishing rods 1) are uncommonly long, 2) have delicate parts that can be easily broken, and 3) can be super expensive.

In fact, you may have already realized the great significance of owning and using high-quality fishing equipment. And if that is the case, then you will really want to make sure your expensive and valuable fishing rods stay perfectly protected throughout the move.

So, how to pack your fishing rods for moving? Read on to learn the best way to protect your fishing poles.

What’s the best way to transport your rods and reels?

To keep your fishing rods safe during the house move, you’re going to have to use the proper packing materials. The idea here is to make your own DIY fishing rod carrier so that you can save money from having to purchase specialized fishing rod cases that are sold anywhere between $20 and $70, or even more.

The special fishing rod cases you can buy on Amazon, for example, or from any specialized fishing gear website, are designed to transport fishing equipment with minimum risk of damage to your investment. A decent case for fishing rods will provide a good level of protection for your poles and will keep them from getting beat up, scratched, or broken. The extra padding inside those protective cases will keep your favorite fishing poles safe.

The cheaper types of fishing rod storage cases are fairly soft and are made of durable fabric. The more expensive ones are the so-called Bazooka-style tube cases – they are hard on the outside in order to provide the ultimate protection for your fishing gear. Most of them are airline-approved and are safe to be transported by air travel.

However, you may not be willing to spend extra money to purchase specialized transportation cases, especially if you’re moving on a budget. The solution?

Make yourself a DIY fishing rod carrier from a piece of tube or pipe.

What materials do you need to pack your fishing poles?

To avoid having to spend extra money on special fishing rod cases, let us show you how to make one almost for free.

The materials you will need for packing your fishing rods are:

  • Bubble wrap
  • A heavy-duty cardboard tube or a PVC pipe, plus a couple of end caps
  • Packaging paper
  • Packing tape

Also, you will need a measuring tape and some kind of a saw (usually a hacksaw) to cut the pipe or tube to fit your fishing pole or poles.

How to pack fishing rods for moving in 10 steps

Save money by making a makeshift fishing rod case that should do an excellent job of protecting your expensive fishing equipment on the road. Here are the 10 steps to packing your fishing poles for a move:

Step 1. Select the rods. Figure out which fishing rods you’re taking with you – this should be fairly easy as you’re the one who knows best the condition of your fishing gear. Maybe some of your poles are already too worn out or even broken, so now is the perfect time to decide whether packing and transporting those pieces in question will be worth the trouble.

The good news in this situation is that the house moving process can be a good excuse to get rid of useless items and then get brand new or better second-hand ones after the move is over.

Step 2. Get a cardboard tube. You want the best protection for your fishing rods while spending as little money as possible, right? A cost-effective fishing rods packing technique is to use a heavy-duty cardboard tube – around 5’’ in diameter and roughly 12’ in length.  Simply go to a local carpet store and ask for a cardboard tube that is used to roll carpets. Chances are you’ll get that tube for free.

Another way to do it is to get a PVC pipe around 4’’ in diameter. Check your local tackle and fishing shop for a suitable PVC pipe, while Home Depot or Lowe’s is another good option to find one. Expect to pay no more than $10 for a single 10-feet pipe.

Step 3. Cut the tube. If you don’t know the length of your fishing rods, then measure them up – you only need to know the length of the longest one. Usually, that’ll be the 7-foot fishing rod.

Then, add a clearance of 2 inches on both ends and mark the tube or pipe so that you’ll know where to cut it. Finally, cut carefully the tubular container using the saw.

Step 4. Remove the rod reels. Make sure you take off the reels off your fishing rods because they won’t fit into the cardboard tube or PVC pipe. Wrap them in bubble wrap and place them safely into your travel bag.

Step. 5. Bubble wrap each rod individually. Use sufficient amount of bubble wrap to protect the entire length of each fishing rod you’re moving. Remember that the tip of a pole is its most fragile part, so be extra careful when protecting those sensitive areas. Use packing tape to secure the bubble wrap.

Step 6. Match the fishing rods. When moving several rods, it’s important that you arrange them properly before inserting them into the tube. The two longest fishing rods should be facing the opposite way, and then the next two longest poles should also face the opposite way. When you’re ready, bundle together all your rods using packing tape.

Step 7. Slide the rods inside the tube. There’s nothing complicated here – just insert carefully the bubble-wrapped fishing rods into the cardboard or PVC casing. If your measurements were correct, then there should roughly be an inch or so of free space on either end.

Step 8. Do a quick shake-up test. To make sure you’ve packed your fishing rods properly, shake the tube or pipe back and forth. Ideally, you won’t feel anything moving inside and you won’t hear any sound either. If you do, then add more bubble wrap as a cushion in order to fill up nicely the space inside the container.

Step 9. Place the end caps. It’s time to finish packing your fishing equipment for moving. Place a PVC cap on each end and secure it with tape. If you don’t have such caps, then you can improvise a little bit. One way to do it is to cut two circle-shaped pieces from the thickest cardboard you can find in your home and then use those pieces as end caps – just make sure you use plenty of packing tape too to create strong seals.

Step 10. Label the container. Label the cardboard tube or PVC pipe with your name and content if you plan to entrust your fishing rods to a moving company. If your fishing equipment is really expensive, then do consider moving it by yourself or discussing with your movers the necessity to purchase additional insurance.

Bonus tip: By following the above tips for packing fishing rods for moving, your favorite fishing gear should survive the house move intact. Still, you may wish to find a much quicker way to protect your fishing equipment in the future. If you enjoy frequent fishing trips, then you should definitely consider investing in a high-quality fishing rod case.

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