Fly Rod Tube
How to build a fly rod tube
How to build your own fly rod tube for well under $10. The supplies I purchased from Home Depot; 1½" X 10' PVC Pipe $5.11, 1½" PVC Cap $0.83, 1½" PVC Female Adaptor, 1½" PVC Plug.
To see how I painted the finished tube:
Note: 1½" PVC is just big enough for my 5-wt rod. For bigger rods, consider 2" tubing. Also, if you have some foam laying around, stuff it in both caps to help cushion the rod ends.
I grabbed a cope saw and a rat-tail file from my toolbox and got started.
Step 1: Measure. Don't give too much excess room because the caps will create a tad more space, and you wont want it to be too sloppy. Mark the spot.
Step 2: Cut. Don't worry about it being perfectly straight. The caps will hide imperfections. Use the file to knock down any burrs.
Step 3: Push the cap on an end. No need to glue, the slide-on caps don't come back off. Slide the female adaptor on the other end.
Step 4: Load up the tube with your rod.
Idea came from a fly rod tube that once belonged to the late Bob Rowe.