To make rods lighter, the material (often carbon) becomes thinner and harder. A fantastic development, but the rods are also a lot more vulnerable. A lot of things can happen especially when transporting them. In addition, with hand build carp rods the value also plays a role and in order not to damage these expensive rods you want to protect them perfectly. Good protection of the rods is therefore required. So if you want to be able to enjoy your fishing rods for a long time and keep them in top condition, then you can not do that without this investment. And of course it is also a lot easier to transport the rod when they are inside something.
To protect and transport the rods you have many and various possibilities. But the big question is;
What is the best rod protection for you?
The most famous is the carp holdall. Made to store 2,3 or even 4 carp rods together with the carp reels. It is relatively compact and it often has 1 or 2 extra compartments for, for example, a brolly, rod pod or throwning. Some model holdall's offer better protection than others.
Another known rod protector is a quiver with rod sleeves, also called quiver combo. The rod sleeves are loose, lined covers in which 1 carp rod with carp reels fits. These sleeves can then be attached to the quiver. This quiver then has a handle and shoulder strap for easy transport. A quiver has many storage options for all kinds of carp tackle unlike a holdall. You can sometimes even attach 5 rod sleeves to it. The disadvantage is that it is more inconvenient with transport and takes up a lot of space. An alternative solution is that you can only use the loose rod sleeves. The disadvantage of this is that they are nowhere attached for transport which can be awkward.
Then there are other rod holders such as rod bands and tip & butt protectors.
Rod bands are loose straps made of nylon or neoprene which hold the carp rods together. This is the simplest solution and takes up the least space. The big disadvantage is of course that does not offer any protection.
A variant of that is the tip & butt protectors. The name explains already that the top and bottom of the rod are protected and therefore the rods are also held together. The advantage of tip & butt protectors are that they protect two important, vulnerable points that do not protect rod bands. Of course, a large part of the fishing rod is still not protected and therefore vulnerable.
A rod protection which you don't see often in the carp fishing scene is the rod tube. Rod tubes are often used for traveling abroad. Althought many carp fisherman travel thrue Europe (and especially France)
Finally, we would like to mention that the innovation in the field of rod protection does not stop and that there are now many hybrid models. That means that there are models which are a combination of a holldall and a rod sleeve or even between tip & butt protectors and sleeves and so on. Hopefully, we can help you to buy a holdall, rod sleeves or other rod holders. If not, take a look at the sub categories in which we further explain the possibilities and pros and cons.
Tip: Make sure that some reel compartments of holdall's and sleeves are too small for large carp reels such as big pit reels.