Best Fishing Rod Case: Fly, Freshwater, Heavy Duty Cases (2021)
It is surprising how many people are willing to spend hundreds of dollars on fishing tackle, and then not look after it properly. How many fishermen have you seen lugging naked rods to and from the bank/boat without any form of protection at all? A fishing rod is very powerful when playing a fish, but outside of that small window of usage, it is a very fragile thing. Always use some type of fishing rod case or carryall when moving your expensive rods.
Best Fishing Rod Cases for Fly Fishermen
We have started with fly fishermen for a reason, as they are usually the guiltiest of carrying naked rods. Fly fishing is a traditional form of fishing with a long heritage. Back in the day, fly fishermen carried their rods naked because modern, lightweight materials were not available, and fly fishermen are very mobile. These days there is no excuse for not taking care of that expensive fly rod.
For under $55, which is less than most fly fishermen would spend to replace their backing and leader, you get a lightweight, rugged and attractive fishing rod case that will also protect your fly reel.
Not just one rod, but two. Seriously, why are you carrying a naked fly rod when you can buy something like this? It just doesn’t make sense.
If our first selection was too heavy (it does carry two rods after all), or too expensive, then check out the . At a little over $25, this should be a no brainer for every fly fisherman. The bare minimum fishing rod case to protect their valuable fly rods.
The perfect solution for carrying and protecting your prized fly rod combo. The rigid tube protects the rod and guides, while the padded and lined reel compartment will protect your reel. The clear I.D. window allows you to put your name tag on the case easily.
Best Fishing Rod Cases for Freshwater Fishermen
Over the last few years, things have changed in the way that many freshwater fisherman want to carry their fishing tackle. Previously, they would carry their rods, reels and terminal tackle all broken down. When arriving at their fishing spot, they would take their rod out, put it together, attach the reel, run the line through the rod eyes then attach their terminal tackler. These days, they seem to prefer to leave everything set up, and carry everything to the bank all ready to go. So fishing rod cases have changed as well.
A good example of this is this. This is a rod case that has been designed to carry two fully made up rods, with reels in place. The reels have their own snug, expanded compartment at the lower end of the rod case. This is actually a great little rod carrier, if you only want to carry two rods.
BW Sports provides incredible value and quality in their rod case line. One additional zipper pocket is provided on all rod cases and easy opening zipper flaps on the Dual Rod Cases. All rod cases come with padded shoulder straps, web handles, padded reel sections and internal nylon socks. Saltwater Designed.
If you want to carry more than two rods, you need something a little bigger. But how do you fit many rods inside one case? That answer is, you don’t. You fit them on the outside, just like what this rod does. This is a rod bag that can carry up to 5 rods, already made up. Although it should be noted that it doesn’t offer as much protection as rod cases that store the rods internally.
It securely fastened with double straps at top of bag and features a quick fastener strap around the outside center that secures gear during transport. nterior compartment has plenty of room to store equipment, extra reels, tackle and more.
Possibly the best option, is something of an all-round rod case, which can carry a number of different rods, already made up, as well as other items such as bank sticks and fishing umbrella. This is a carryall that is light, but is able to carry a lot of fishing tackle. And at less than $20 it is an absolute bargain for sure. This will carry multiple rods and you can even throw a telescopic rod in there (though I guess you could put one of those just about anywhere).
If you really only want some very basic protection for a single rod, then you just can’t beat the stark functionality of the Plano Fabric Rod Tube. It has plenty of padding so it’s actually a pretty good rod case for providing protection. Then again, it’s not waterproof, but that’s not really such a terrible thing at the end of the day.
Best Fishing Rod Cases for Extreme Protection
Each fishing rod case we have looked at so far, has been a soft case. For extreme protection, of expensive rods, we need to move up to hard cases. Obviously, these are much more expensive, but you have to ask yourself, is it really worth scrimping on the protection for you $500 rod?
First, we are going to take a look at two hard rod cases from Flambeau. The slim line, telescopic tube, for freshwater rods. It is also very suitable as a general storage tube for rods, rather than leaving them loose in the garage! It is very strong, and made to high standards, as we would expect from a rod tube that costs almost $25.
For sea fishermen, or freshwater fishermen who use rods with very large line guides, we need to move up a notch to the Flambeau Outdoors Bazuka Pro Rod Case. This is a fully telescopic rod case that opens up to a maximum of 102’, which means that for most people, they can carry their rods in one piece. It is also completely padded inside, so it offers protection not only from shocks, but also from rods rattling around in carriage.
Finally, something a little special for our last rod case selection. This is a full flight case style carrier, that is able to take two rods, as well as reels. It is not long enough to carry each rod in one piece, they will need to be broken down to get them in. But if you are serious about protecting your valuable fishing tackle, this is the way to go. It’s as close to bulletproof as it gets.
It is completely waterproof, and is also lockable. It is lined with multiple layers of high density foam, which will stop fishing tackle rattling around in transit. For sea anglers, who have to carry their expensive rods and reels on to and off of boats regularly, then this is really the recommended way to carry them. As a fishing rod case, this is as good as it gets. Incredibly strong, totally weatherproof and also extremely secure.
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