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DIY Guide To Making Your Own Fishing Rod Roof Rack Tube

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​Have you ever wondered if there was a better way to transport your fishing rods when you’re on the road heading to your next fishing hole? Well, thanks to YakAngler, your question may just have been answered.

Often, some of the dedicated gear can be a bit pricey and that’s why doing it yourself can sometimes be a little more cost efficient. So to help you save those all important dollars, we’ve put together this guide to show you how you can make your own roof rack tube.

So hopefully you’ll be able to transport your fishing rods more safely when you head out on your next fishing trip.

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​What You Need To Get Started

  • ​Reese Carry Power TransRack Conduit Carrier
  • ​6 inch diameter PVC pipe (around 8 feet long)
  • ​​Plasti Dip (for painting)
  • ​Acetone (for cleaning)
  • ​​A cloth or rag
  • ​​Drill with ⅜ inch drill bit
  • ​​​Silicone Sealant

​How To Build Your Own Fishing Pole Tube

​Step 1: Ensure Correct Pipe Length

​​Before you start attaching various parts to your PVC pipe, make sure you have the correct length of pipe to suit your rods. Place the rods inside the pipe; this can give you an idea of how much pipe you’ll need and if you need to cut it down to size.

Remember to remove your rods beforehand if you do need to cut the pipe.

​Step 2: Prep The Pipe

Now that you have your pipe the correct length for your rods, using a cloth or rag, clean the exterior of the PVC pipe with acetone in order to remove any residue from the pipe. Then allow it to dry.

​Step 3: Paint it

In order to make your new rod holder look less like a pipe and a little more sophisticated, it can be a good idea to paint it another color, such as black.

Using Plasti Dip rubber coating spray, cover the exterior of the pipe and allow to dry. The Plasti Dip will also give that added layer of durability for outdoor use.

Step 4: Drill Holes

The next thing you want to do is drill holes in either end of your pipe to line up with the end cap or door from the Conduit Carrier kit.

​Step 5: Add Silicone Sealant

Before you secure the end cap and door to your pipe, run a layer of silicone sealant along the inside rim of the end cap and door (making sure you don’t seal the door shut).

Video: ​Fishing Pole Rod Tube

​Step 6: Attach End

With the silicone seal in place, carefully place your end cap to the end of your pipe. Do the same with the door on the opposite end of the pipe. Secure both ends with the provided screws and bolts.

​Step 7: Secure To Roof Rack

Using the hardware included with the Conduit Carrier kit, secure your new rod holder to your roof rack. If you want to have access to your rods while they’re on the roof of your vehicle, make sure the door end of your new rod holder is easily accessible.

You might find that having the door lifting upwards, with the hinge at the top, is the most convenient.


Hopefully you’ll have found that it’s easy to make your own fishing rod roof rack tube and can be a great way to save some cash.

You should be able to transport your fishing rods in style the next time you head out and know that they’re safe on the roof of your vehicle.

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