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FLOAT TUBE FISHING FORUM » Float Tubes, Pontoons and Related Equipment Discussions » Float Tube and Pontoon Tips, Tricks and Mods » Rod Holder Modifications and a few questions

Rod Holder Modifications and a few questions

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1 Rod Holder Modifications and a few questions on Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:22 pm

motorazr

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I found this link to a rod holder set of plans [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] and want to know if there is any advantage in either setting the rod holders at an angle like I have seen on some setups or straight up and down.
Is there any advantage to rigging the frame across both sides? What changes would you make to this setup?
Does the net get in the way with the holder behind the seat or should it be placed on one side?

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that is a good design and well proven.
for myself, I have my rod holder on my left side of tube with FF, they are straight up, my net just set in back of my tube. right side is clear and free for casting.

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That's my set-up, and I like it. It's modular and comes apart pretty easily.

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I put TWO of these holders in the rear linkage arm, and offset them so I could put 2 rods or a rod and a net, or something like that. Honestly, I don't use these 2 holders much. I keep my net in the pouch behind my seat back.

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The design described is great.. but I modified the segments and lengths once I had my Cumberland inflated.
I did some of it by eye, so sorry.. I do not have any exact measurements of where to make your PVC cuts. I
think it came out ok, and has worked great, but it does have considerable FLEX, as this is only 1/2" PVC.
It does have structural stability as it is a frame on both sides with a reinforcing rear cross-linkage arm.
But.. you could easily do this design with 1" or even 1.5" PVC and it would be A LOT more rigid, and probably
not incredibly more weight.

Good luck!!

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FYI - 1-1/4" is prefect size for your rod holds. 1-1/2" is alittle too large and your rods move around alot.

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miller wrote:FYI - 1-1/4" is prefect size for your rod holds. 1-1/2" is alittle too large and your rods move around alot.
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miller wrote:FYI - 1-1/4" is prefect size for your rod holds. 1-1/2" is alittle too large and your rods move around alot.

Unless you use swimbait rods. Most 7'6" or longer rods need the 1 1/2". As for mine I have the KISS set up.. green happy

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here is my set-up. easy and simple and holds everything I need. Rods dont bounce around either.

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Does anyone have any pics of the cumberland rod holders as well as the drink holders? Are they any use or only for looks?

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Here is my Cumberland setup. Works good. Angled rod holders because I fish under bridges most of the time. Twisted Evil

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10 Re: Rod Holder Modifications and a few questions on Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:54 am

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Here is my Cumberland setup. Works good. Angled rod holders because I fish under bridges most of the time. Twisted Evil

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Very nice Wiseguy! Very clean and well designed. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

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I have seen a few designs where the PVC tube has been filled with sand and molded to fit the top curve of the float using a heat gun. I.E. the side frame extends up the side of the tube at either end and is curved over the float like a coat hanger hook. Does this design affect the use of the tube or put any extra pressure on the air bladder?
Nice designs guys thanks for the input and pics.

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I just use one of these rod holders on my caddis float tube.

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At the top mounting holes I placed eye-bolts on the backside. I use carabiner's to attach to existing d-rings. Then I ran a bungee cord from the bottom of the rod holder under the tube and attached to a d-ring on the inside.

I also use one of these

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13 Re: Rod Holder Modifications and a few questions on Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:50 pm

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I have that set up on my tube with a couple of mods. I like the angled setup as my shoulders are bad and I troll most of the time. Forget the net holder in the back, it takes up too much room. It is a good template and the measurements are pretty close.

motorazr

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Well made a start on the rod holder, I've attached a quick release kayak rod holder to a piece of horizontal pvc at the front of the frame bit of an experiment so will see how it goes. Still have to attach anchor points straps for the frame and final position the quick release rod holder.
I've put a drain plug in at the bottom riht handside of the holder. Once glued the rod holder should sit closer to the gear bag.
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15 Re: Rod Holder Modifications and a few questions on Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:55 am

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Good idea motorazr with the mini paddle,i was thinking of something like that in case i get caught in rough waters!

motorazr

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Yes, it is actually a telescopic paddle. Unlocks to about a metre (3ft) long and folded seems to fit ok along the inside velcro near the packs. I suppose only a wet run will show if it gets in the way and needs moving.

17 mods on Sat Jun 16, 2012 7:38 pm

motorazr

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Well almost finished, all i need is to fit the clips and straps to hold it in place. Will be getting a 1.5lb kayak anchor and make up a fish bag from a pool noodle and mesh laindry bag. thanks fellas for the assistance given along the way, it was much appreciated.
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