If you’re anything like me, you consider your fishing rod as your sword, your lightsaber, your magic stick.
Without it, it’s impossible for you to drive towards the calmest waters and serenely go about catching a trout.
Apart from choosing the best rod you can afford, hauling it is another critical component. Sure, the Alaskans make things look flashy with their custom mounted rack. Others can easily blow hundreds, even thousands of dollars for a branded rod rack. For me, however, it’s all about McGayver-ing my way to solid and stable storage in the car.
One of the blogs I read was that of Michael Gracie. He’s had the same problem before, using bungee cords to secure his rods, only to see them bounce around during rough drives. Like me, he doesn’t want to burn a deep hole in the pocket just to ensure the rod’s top performance. In one fateful day when he encountered a tornado during a fishing trip did Michael realize he can use one ingenious tool to make things work.
It’s Bell Automotive’s Ultra Clothes Bar. Yep, you read it right. It’s the $16-a piece steel clothes hanger office workers use to keep extra suits and ties in their car. Apart from the solid structure the clothes bar is built with, it comes with a rubber wrapping. This came as a bonus to protect the rod finishes. All you have to do is to align the bar from the rear driver’s side to the front passenger side. He also used a short bungee cord to keep the reel end nice and fit.
Try it and you’ll never have to spend top dollar on those overpriced racks.
image source: michaelgracie.com