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DIY: Build Your Own Roof-Top Rod Locker in 8 Steps

Keep your fly rods safe on road trips this season with this easy-to-build car-top rod carrier.

DIY: Build Your Own Roof-Top Rod Locker in 8 Steps

You can make your own roof-top rod carrier in a weekend for about $100. (Photo by Joseph Albanese)

Outfitting your vehicle with a roof-top rod locker means being able to transport your fly rods rigged and ready to fish as soon as you hit the water. With rods secured on the roof, they’re out of the way of passengers, dogs and car doors, and less likely to get broken in transit.

There are many good commercially available rod lockers available (see our Gear section in the April issue), but you can also make your own in a weekend for about $100.

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