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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:

 

Finishing the PVC Fly Rod Tube

 

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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.

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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.

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Step 2: Cut.  Don't worry about it being perfectly straight.  The caps will hide imperfections.  Use the file to knock down any burrs.

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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.

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Step 4: Load up the tube with your rod.

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Idea came from a fly rod tube that once belonged to the late Bob Rowe.

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Finishing the PVC Fly Rod Tube

 

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Finishing the PVC Fly Rod Tube