How Do You Carry a Fishing Rod in a Truck Bed?

When it comes to fishing trips, knowing how to carry a fishing rod in a truck bed is an important skill. Not only does it ensure your rods are secure during transport, but it also prevents them from becoming damaged due to exposure to the elements. There are a few different ways to go about carrying a fishing rod in a truck bed, and the best method really depends on the size of the rod, how many rods you need to transport, and if you plan on taking any additional gear with you.

The Strapped-Down Method: The most common way of carrying a fishing rod in a truck bed is by using straps to secure the rods in place. You can use bungee cords or ratchet straps for this task, though bungee cords are generally easier and more cost-effective.

To use this method, simply tie one end of the strap around the handle of each rod and then loop the other end around something sturdy in your truck bed. This will ensure that your rods won’t move around during transport, and also keep them from getting tangled up with each other.

The Rod Rack Method: If you have multiple rods that need transporting or if you frequently take long trips, then investing in a rod rack may be worth it. Rod racks attach directly to the side of your truck bed and provide an easy way to store multiple rods securely. Most racks come with adjustable straps so that you can customize them for different sized rods, as well as built-in hooks for attaching additional gear like tackle boxes or bait buckets.

The DIY Method: If you don’t want to invest in either straps or a rod rack, then there’s always the option of creating your own system for carrying your fishing rods. All you need is some PVC pipe and some rope – simply cut several pieces of pipe into short lengths and then thread rope through them. Then just tie one end of each rope around each handle of each rod and tie the other end around something sturdy in your truck bed.


No matter which method you choose, ensuring that your fishing rods are securely stored while traveling is essential for keeping them safe and protecting them from damage. Straps are often an inexpensive solution for smaller trips or single rods while racks provide an easy way to store multiple rods at once. And if neither option fits your needs, then creating your own DIY solution using PVC pipe and rope should do the trick.

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Susan Delgado