** Note ** Links for buying the Smith Creek Rod Rack are after the video and at the end of this article.
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Transporting a fly rod is not as straightforward as it may seem. But it can be. For many of us, our preference to keep the fly rod rigged and ready to fish presents some challenges.
For years now, the Smith Creek Rod Rack has been my perfect solution. The Rock Rack stores up to seven rods inside the vehicle, keeping them secure and away from passengers — from kids, dogs or mishaps. Attachment is easy, the design is smart and the Smith Creek build is solid.
Here at Troutbitten, I have a 100 day gear review series. But by now, I’ve put at least 500 fishing days on my Smith Creek Rod Rack, and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
Here is the video review. More details and purchase links are in the paragraphs that follow.
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For many years, I simply leaned my fly rods against the back seat and hoped for the best. But once I had a dog and two kids in the mix, I knew I needed a better answer, or my luck was sure to run out.
Rod vaults have become a popular solution, but they’re not for me. Because what seems like a convenience at first can actually add more steps to your routine and become a bother.
I want my rods in the vehicle. They’re easier to access that way, and they’re safer. I can carry more fly rods with the Rod Rack. I don’t need to close my hatch to access them, and I don’t need to open another latch on a rod vault. Likewise, I don’t need to mount anything to the top of my vehicle or give up a pile of money for a rod locker. Lastly, I can still remove a fly rod from my vehicle after I back into the garage. (Think about that one.)
Everyone has a system. And if your needs match my own, then the Smith Creek Rod rack is the perfect option.
Splitting the Rod
I should mention that part of my system is what I call splitting the rod. I’ve done a full video on this, and you can see me split the rod in the video above. Breaking down a fly rod into two pieces, still strung up and ready to go when you are, takes about twenty second. Reversing the process is about the same time. It’s insignificant.
I use this splitting-the-rod technique for walking to and from the river, or even for relocating through a woodsy section. Because it’s much easier to navigate with a five foot stick than a ten footer.
Rod Rack Build
Fly Rods attach at what Smith Creek calls the Shock Cords. These are small bungees that go around the rod handle and lock tight into a grommet. This system accommodates all rod sizes and types.
The shock cords are mounted on two thick nylon straps with buckles on the end for adjustment. Various mounting options accommodate different vehicle types and setups. Handles and hanging points in the vehicle provide the simplest method, and the Smith Creek Rod Rack comes with two sets of suction cup mounts, if needed.
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I hope the Smith Creek Rod Rack becomes your best rod storage and transport solution, just as it has mine. I expect my own to be strapped into my 4Runner for many years to come.
Fish hard, friends.
Enjoy the day.
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