How To Transport Fishing Rods In A Truck Safely

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Are you going on a bit of a fishing trip and are planning to transport yourself and all of your gear using your trusty pickup truck? Sure, a Ford F150 is a great machine no doubt, a large and roomy truck with tons of space in the bed. However, it’s important you know how to transport fishing rods in a truck safely, which is what we are going to guide you through today.

The short answer is: to help minimize movement and damage, both to the rods and the truck you should;

  1. Get a carry case.
  2. Lay the rod/s flat on the truck bed.
  3. Take apart the multiple pieces of the rod/s.
  4. Detach all hooks and lures.
  5. Secure the fishing line to the spool.
  6. Secure the carry case to the bed of the truck.
  7. Keep everything at the front of the trucks bed.


7 Tips To Safely Transport Your Fishing Rods In A Truck

Here we have 7 basic tips you should follow in terms of transporting fishing rods in your truck.

1. Get A Hard or Soft Carry Case

One of the most important things you can do when transporting a fishing rod in your pickup truck is to get a case. You definitely do not want to have your fishing rods exposed in the open on the truck bed.

Who knows, they might catch a gust of wind and fly right off the truck, they will be exposed to sunlight and heat, and they might get rained on too. There is also the fact that an exposed rod will probably break if you hit the brakes hard and it smashes against the rear of the passenger cabin.

The point here is that some kind of carrying case will go a long way in keeping the fishing rods protected during transportation. Yes, you can go with a soft case, which is absolutely better than nothing, but you are best off using a hard plastic carrying case for the best protection.

2. Lay Them Flat On The Truck Bed

The next tip to keep in mind when transporting your fishing rods on a truck is to make sure that they are flat on the truck bed. Do not try to put them vertically and don’t lean them against anything.

You do not want the fishing rods or the fishing rod case to be vertical, because chances are that it will all tip over and hit the truck bed real hard, thus potentially causing damage.

Always keep the rods and/or rod cases flat on the ground. Moreover, make sure that the rods and/or fishing rod cases are parallel to the passenger cabin, not perpendicular.

In other words, have the rods placed side to side in the truck bed, not front to back. If they do happen to slide around, it is better if they are laid in the bed side to side, not front to back.

3. Take Apart The Multiple Pieces Of The Rod/s

Now, if you have a one piece fishing rod, then this is obviously not going to apply to you, because there is nothing to take apart. However, if you have a 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 piece fishing rod, you definitely want to take apart the multiple sections.

For one, this will just help save space and make everything more compact. More importantly, your fishing rods, the multiple piece rods, are comparatively weak at the connection points when compared to the rest of the rod. If there is a sudden impact, those connection zones are susceptible to damage.

So, take the multiple pieces apart, put them all side by side, and use some high quality elastics to strap them all together. This will help minimize the amount of possible damage that may occur to them during transportation, and you will have more room in the pickup truck bed as well.

4. Detach All Hooks & Lures

Moreover, something you definitely want to do here, when transporting fishing rods in a truck, is to detach all hooks and lures from the line and from the rod.

Hooks and lures can easily get caught and snag on more or less anything, which comes with a big risk of damage. Keep all hooks, lures, bait, and other such fishing tackle in an appropriate tackle box.

5. Secure The Fishing Line To The Spool

The next tip you will want to follow to properly transport fishing rods in a truck is to never leave the fishing line in the rod, or at least not through the guides.

Leaving the fishing line in the guides will cause the line to get tangled, and if you have a multiple piece rod, one that you have taken apart, the fishing line can get really messy and cause everything to get stuck together.

It ends up being a huge waste of fishing line, as well as time wasted trying to untangle everything. So, simply wind the fishing line onto the spool as far as it will go, so there is no fishing line protruding off the spool, and use a piece of take to secure it to the rest of the spool.

This way the fishing line will not come off the spool and cause a huge mess.

6. Secure The Fishing Rod Case To The Bed Of The Truck

Another important tip to keep in mind when transporting fishing rods in your pickup truck is to secure the fishing rod case to the truck bed.

You might use some rope or bungee cords to do this, or you might have special construction bins or containers in the rear where you could keep the fishing rod case.

The point here is that you do not want to leave rods or the rod cases loose in the rear of the truck. Always secure them in one way or another so they cannot move around during travel, thus stopping them from banging and crashing into the walls of the truck bed when you brake and accelerate.

7. Keep Everything At The Front Of The Truck’s Bed

Finally, the other thing you want to do, if possible, is to keep all of your fishing gear at the front of the truck’s bed, or in other words, as close to the passenger cabin as possible, not near the rear of the bed.

If you have your gear near the rear of the bed, if you hit the brakes real hard because some bad driver cut you off, the fishing rods and/or fishing rod cases may just fly through the rear window of the passenger cabin, thus causing damage to the truck, the rods, and maybe even cause an accident too.


Ok folks, so there you have it, the 7 best tips to follow to safely and securely transport fishing rods in a truck to ensure that the rods and your truck do not suffer from any damage. These tips may seem very simple and basic, but they are quite important to follow nonetheless.

Jason Downs

I created Fishtackly to share my 30 years of fishing experience and knowledge with others with the aim to help, and hopefully get more people involved and educated in this fantastic hobby that I love.