How do you transport your fishing rods?

An option is a brand called rod armour. They do the rod socks, lure wallet and securing strap to protect your gear.

IMO I'd just take the reels off the rod as it only takes 5 minutes to set up and you can store them in a tuff case.


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For my one piece surf rods I've got a piece of 4" PVC with a cap glued on one end and a ground water monitoring well locking pin on the other; I run a small cable through the lock and then my Yakima bars. It's easy enough to cut a piece of PVC with a string but it'll keep most folks from messing with them. I take the reels off. My fly rods are two piece and travel in a rod case, my spinning rods travel behind the seat or tossed on top of my sleeping bag in the back.
Two piece rods will travel fine set up. I use rubber bands to hold the pieces together and slide them into a rod sock or a gun case. A soft pistol case works great for a travel or light telescoping rod setup with a reel and lure, even in a saddlebag or backpack. There are some surprisingly decent telescopic rods available. I keep one in each of my hunting and work trucks for quick access when I don't want to take time set up one of my "better" rods.
This won't work in your individual situation, but I bought this about a month ago and I really like it so far, so I thought I'd share with the group.

I'll admit it has limitations though. It doesn't work the best in vehicles with sun/moon roofs because of the different ceiling heights. I think it would work pretty slick in a long vehicle like a Suburban or in a situation where no one ever sits in your third row. It's also kind of pricy, unless you find a deal somewhere. I got mine for about half price, so I'm pleased.