5. Leave Your Rods Rigged Up In Transit
When you transport your fly rods in ordinary rod tubes and rod socks, you'll have to set up your fly rod to begin every fishing trip. This can be a time-consuming process, and one that can be easier in the comfort of your garage or driveway than exposed to the elements at the water's edge. Getting back home takes more time, too, as you'll have to break down your fly rods for safe transport.
Instead of breaking down your rods into their individual pieces after every trip, vehicle-mounted fly rod carriers allow you to store fully assembled fly rods! That means going fishing is as easy as pulling up to the spot, selecting your weapon of choice and removing it from its protective sheath atop your car. Like a sword from its scabbard, your fly rods will emerge ready to do battle. That means more time fishing and less time spent tying knots, threading guides and aligning rod segments.
4. Protect Your Gear From Theft & Damage
Most fly rod carrier manufacturers build their carriers from durable materials like powder-coated steel and aluminium. Inside, they're lined with felt, nylon, foam and other protective materials to isolate your gear from vibrations and impact. Rod carriers are designed with room for large arbor reels, and many models also have extra room for tackle boxes and other gear. You can even leave your rods stored while using your vehicle for other errands -- most fly rod holders come with durable locks to protect against theft.
3. Keep Your Car Cleaner
Ordinary fly rod storage solutions not only make you break down your rod into its individual components before you store it, they can turn your car into a crowded, disorganized mess. Water from damp gear can get into your vehicle's interior, promoting mold growth and foul odors. There are even ceiling-mounted hooks that allow you to store rigged-up fly rods inside the cabin of some larger SUVs, but this can be hazardous. All it takes is a rough road, pothole or speed bump to bounce a hook out of its resting place and swinging through the cabin! Instead of digging fishing hooks out of your upholstery and listening to fly rod segments rattle and jostle against one another, move them to their own designated compartments outside the vehicle.
2. Keep More Rigs At Hand For A Variety Of Conditions
With typical fly rod storage, getting a single rod ready to fish takes enough time on its own. That means even more time spent swapping out reels, line weights, flies and indicators for the various fish and conditions you may encounter. Vehicle-mounted fly rod carriers offer multiple tubes so you can transport two, four, six or even eight different fully assembled fly rods! That means you can provide convenient solutions for your fishing buddies so everybody gets on the water faster. Or, keep various rod set-ups handy so you can swap out as conditions change or the fish just aren't interested in what you're fishing with at the moment.
1. Spend More Time On The Water
Of course, all these benefits are very real, but the most important reason to invest in a roof rack fly rod carrier is this: it makes it easier to take that last-minute, spur-of-the-moment trip to the river. The next time plans get cancelled and you suddenly find yourself with a half-day to go fishing, you won't have to spend time gathering your gear. You won't have to worry about leaving anything behind. You'll be able to jump in your car and go as soon as the mood strikes you. All your equipment is safely and securely stored on your vehicle. The best fishermen understand that fishing is all about seizing the opportunities that present themselves to you. Make the most of every opportunity with a roof rack-mounted fly rod holder!