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z-drive
04-30-2008, 02:20 AM
I'm sitting at the airport waiting for the ticket counter to open to try and get onto an earlier flight, so i have some time to kill and figure i can spread a little knowledge.

I call this home-depot tech (a holdover term from the bmw-tuning days), as home depot always has the solution, if not always in the obvious way. I was looking for some pipe of the correct diameter to make some flyrod adapters for the new leaning post (would work for t-tops too) and wasn't having luck. then i checked the sink elbow type fitting area and found these. theyre just under 1.5" outside diameter which fits most boat rod holders perfect, and the inside diameter fits all the flyrods in the household. they even have a nice flange on one end. theyre plastic so much softer than pvc, but definately strong enough.

Basically its super simple, more or less the post is to suggest where to get the components. I just drill a 1/2" or 3/8" (i forget) hole about 2 inches in from the flanged end, then use a jigsaw with a short blade to notch it out (a sharp utility knife may even work). i also put a notch in the bottom to fit the gimbals in my rod holders. for about $2.39 and 5 minutes you can have custom fly-rod adapters.
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a14/suppys/SL370919.jpg

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a14/suppys/SL370920.jpg

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a14/suppys/SL370923.jpg

pending field test results, next will be the home-depot tech sabiki-stick.

nsvencer
04-30-2008, 07:22 AM
Nice work. Made similar ones for my kayak (out of PVC though) and they worked slick. I may add a bit of velcro to wrap around above the reel seat just to keep them in place.

On the Sabiki stick front, I made one out of PVC, but really don't love it. I ended up going with Scd 40 to try and keep it stiff enough, but it's now pretty heavy.

I'm going back to using junk rods and reels and keeping them on the boat rigged. That is until I can scrounge up the money to pick up one of the fancy sabiki rods (that is unless you come up with a real slick solution!)

nick

G-Man
04-30-2008, 09:08 AM
I love a Home Depot solution ... well done.