Fishing rods will sustain a lot of wear and tear over their lifetime. We see this in the form of ‘rod rash’, microfractures, scratches and ultimately the most visible which are tips and guides snapping. The majority of these issues happen when you transport your rod.
If you think about it rods are always on the move whether that be in the back of the car boat or even push bike. They come with us to every destination we fish. But do we always protect them? For some of us, we don’t.
Modern rods, particularly expensive high-end rods, are made out of thin graphite. The reason we all love graphite is it’s great at transferring vibration from the tip to the handle, but this is also a major weakness, as it is fragile. Slight vibrations, ‘rod rash’, scratches and microfractures cause graphite rods to break and snap when they are under load.
Not all weaknesses or damages can be seen; they can be microscopic at times. Even the slightest bump in the graphite can create a weak spot only noticeable when you load the rod up, leading to breakages. Carbon atoms in graphite are only bonded in layers with weak covalent bonds holding the layers together. This makes graphite brittle and prone to breaking.
We are not trying to replace the PVC tube, we are just making an extra layer of protection for those who want to transport their rods with the utmost confidence. The reason we started Rod Armour was because we had a bad experience with a PVC rod tube when we were travelling to Hamilton Island. Click here for more on that story.
With all this in mind, we are currently designing, prototyping and testing our own PVC tubes. They should be available in the coming months, and will couple well with our armoured cases.