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    a little help? ideas? suggestions for lightweight rod tube

    I am going to do a little thru-fishing with an overnighter or two on a couple of local streams. I will fish Tenkara style and fly fish as well. My rods are 26" lengths when broken down. I will also carry minimal fly gear, the one reel and a small line wallet for the Tenkara lines and fly fishing leaders.

    I am looking for suggestions for THE lightest way to stow the rods. Absolutely the lightest way to carry them both or individually in the back pack. The Tenkara rod I can carry by itself as it is telescoping, I don't mind if the first section gets a little beat up but if there is a solution where I can get my flyrod (a bamboo by choice) and the Tenkara rod both in there, all good.

    I'm thinking maybe I should just get the smallest diameter, petite thin wall aluminum tube 7071 aluminum or ? for the bamboo and strap the Tenkara rod or stuff it next to that tube in it's sock. The other pieces just tuck them here and there in the pack.

    What is the lightest but servicable rod tube for a fly rod?

    I'm sure footed, I don't fall much at all and certainly when I hike, I will be even more conservative. I'm concerned with the weight of the tube and the pack as I have not stuffed a fly rod tube in a back pack before. I am looking at each component of my back packing kit, shaving as many ounces and grams as possible.

    The funny thing is, I could probably lose 30lbs of body fat and carry a normally configured kit!

    *blushing*

    Thanks in advance.

    Any tips are gratefully appreciated.

    I am detailing my exploits in ultralight backpack thru-fishing at the public side of grassart.net found HERE.
    Japan: Tsuttenkai, Jolly Fishers, member since 2010

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    Re: a little help? ideas? suggestions for lightweight rod tube

    Adam,

    The budget solution is to go to the local frame shop and ask if you can do a little dumpster diving for the sturdy mailing tubes that prints come in before they are framed. They come in various diameters and lengths. Most are cardboard, but that makes them all the easier to cut down to size, and then discard after a few trips.

    I use a couple of large diameter ones for map storage at home.

    My frame shop also gave me a bombproof plastic tube about five feet long that was in the center of the roll of paper that they use to wrap their framed work. It's too big for backpacking, about 4" in diameter, but I cut it down and made end caps, and it's great for carrying three or four rods together in the car, rather than having three or four individual cases rattling around back there.

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    Re: a little help? ideas? suggestions for lightweight rod tube

    Ernest, that is very kind of you.

    I'm looking for something super light.

    Every component of my pack is going to be weighed both on a scale and in my mind if I absolutely need it or not. The Tenkara rod is pretty hardy and can survive on it's own in or strapped to the pack as it is a telescopic graphite rod and in it's closed position, much of that section is protected by the handle (I use a pine handle version). The bamboo pack rod is being made and it is quite a beautiful rod to behold. I would just bring a beater stick if I didn't care but I do care what I fish, especially in pristine places. I chose a really nice rod to carry. I need to protect it, I guess it is at the core of the question. I guess it would be pretty hard to beat the light weight of a petite aluminum tube, probably only by a graphite tube or even some sort of plastic. For the few grams saved, it's probably best I save them somewhere else, like my waistline.

    But I posted the question because I am sure there are others before me who have tackled this already.

    That was cool of you.

    Thank you.
    Japan: Tsuttenkai, Jolly Fishers, member since 2010

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    Re: a little help? ideas? suggestions for lightweight rod tube

    Adam,
    hi long time no speak !
    Guess I would look for some of the lite weight plastic drainage tubing from your local plumbing merchant ,the new white stuff we have in the uk seems to weigh next to nothing ,hope you have something similar over there,end caps could be screw tops of glass containers held in place with duct tape or electricians insulating tape.

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    Re: a little help? ideas? suggestions for lightweight rod tube

    I'm thinking of adding a small bit of mylar to the rod bag, will serve purpose and very light weight.
    Japan: Tsuttenkai, Jolly Fishers, member since 2010

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    Re: a little help? ideas? suggestions for lightweight rod tube

    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor
    hi long time no speak !
    He Doc, thanks for the tip.

    Glad to be back and glad to see you back.
    Japan: Tsuttenkai, Jolly Fishers, member since 2010

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    Re: a little help? ideas? suggestions for lightweight rod tube

    Quote Originally Posted by adam
    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor
    hi long time no speak !
    He Doc, thanks for the tip.

    Glad to be back and glad to see you back.
    Missed you to bro , good to be back on track as it were.

    Glad to have some internet continuity ,nice to see Chef and the rest of Big cat joining in.Chef was a major help some 3 /4 years ago on some menu ideas,top man !

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    Re: a little help? ideas? suggestions for lightweight rod tube

    Adam,

    I don't know if these are tough enough but appear to be lightweight.

    http://www.cleartecpackaging.com

    I have no association with the business.

    Best,
    JB

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    Re: a little help? ideas? suggestions for lightweight rod tube

    Perfect, close to my mylar idea. I'll look into it and good to see you back!
    Japan: Tsuttenkai, Jolly Fishers, member since 2010

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    Re: a little help? ideas? suggestions for lightweight rod tube

    Is the issue material of the tube; or how it is drilled for lightness while maintaining structural integrity? Think ultralight reel ...

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