Anyone know where I can find some decent quality rod tubes and socks for cheap. I don't need anything special, just something to hold the rods I'm building. I know I could make something out of PVC, but I'd rather not if I can avoid it (don't have any cutting tools or anything).
I know you said something other than PVC, but it is the cheapest and you don't need any special tools. The only thing I used was a hacksaw. I didn't even have to glue on the end caps. The fit was tight enough that they just stay on. As for socks, I went to the local fly shop and he had extra rod socks lying around. He sold me one for $5. Worth checking out if you have a shop near you.
If you go to Lowe's won't they cut the pvc to size for you?
They'd probably assemble it for you N/C
I read a post on another board recently where a guy bought a **** rod off the big auction site just for the tube and the nickle silver real seat that he intended on recycling to another rod.
Rod socks.... know anyone with a sewing machine. They are not difficult. Measure twice, cut once. fold, buzz up the sides, turn inside out, buzz in the partitions. Watched an experienced seamstress buzz one togeather in under 15 minutes out of some 'scrap' linen.