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Old 02-17-2012, 08:26 AM
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Default Extra rod storage on a drift boat?

I'd like to have an extra rod or 2 rigged and ready to go.. to switch between drys and nymphs, etc.

My Hyde has places for 2.. wondering what might be available to hold an extra rod or 2? Or ideas from people that figured this out already

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Default Re: Extra rod storage on a drift boat?

I would hope our other drift boat people will be able to help here Dave. I would be looking to mount any type rack that I could ........... how bout a picture of the interior of the boat.....................
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Default Re: Extra rod storage on a drift boat?

Mines really basic..

just this.. add the front/back pedestal seats, and the rowers bench

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No side storage boxes

I saw a nice custom wood boat that had long boxes down the sides, that held 2 rods lengthwise on each.
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Default Re: Extra rod storage on a drift boat?

Dave: You now have an extra rod for both the front and rear fisherman, plus the rod that they would be fishing with so that would already accomodate each fisherman having a nymph and dry rod. You must want two rods available for the rower, are you switching rowing duties? My HOG island boat has two spare rod tubes on each side so it is easy to have the extra rods available. You might go over to the HOG Island boat site and look how they do rod tubes, an oversized plastic tube and you might add something like that to your boat. I'd take a picture to show you what I'm talking about but the boat is in Pinedale waiting patiently for the water to start flowing again!
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Default Re: Extra rod storage on a drift boat?

I'm at a loss for anything other than Velcro straps attached at the very top of the side walls. The rods would be held by the straps that can be pop riveted to secure them and the rods would have to be flexed to conform to the shape of the hull. Depending on the length of the rods this would keep them from sticking up or out and as long as you are mindful of their locations they would be safe.

I sometimes carry an extra rod that is rigged up but I have a vertical rack that secures them. The danger is always there for a completely rigged rod that is not in use of being damaged. Here the danger comes from over hanging trees and brush as I travel the rivers. Generally I keep anything not in use in the tubes and rig them as they are needed. The little time taken to set up a rod is a small trade off when considering the trauma of having one broken. I almost always use only one rod on any given day but do carry a tube or 2 just because I can..........
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Default Re: Extra rod storage on a drift boat?

I'm not sure if you have enough length room, but a piece of pvc pipe worked for me in my last drift boat. I secured it to the inside of the hull with screws and a couple of U shaped fasteners over the pipe. (They have a name, but I don't know what they're called. Pipe clamps?) I had a couple of closed-cell foam holders at the rear for the rod to "notch" into just above the reel seat, and the rest of the rod was inside the pvc. Not perfect, but good protection, especially with my labradors on board.

I looked for a picture, but don't have any. I have since gone to the inflatable side of things for the time being, and will be using something similar on the raft frame for rigged rods.
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Default Re: Extra rod storage on a drift boat?

Larry - thanks I'll check it out. Basically I want to have 6 total rods in the boat. 2 held by front back/seats.. and 4 in racks

I don't want anything vertical.. I'd snap them in a heartbeat - lol - and I want them rigged 100%.. so I can quickly switch from nymphs to dries and back

Thanks for the input!

---------- Post added at 03:52 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:34 PM ----------

That hog Island thing looks promising... wish they showed it with rods in it

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