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saltyfly posted 04-13-2004 07:19 AM ET (US)   Profile for saltyfly   Send Email to saltyfly  
I have just purchased an '04 Montauk with the fishing package and a 4 stroke Merc after extensively reading this forum. I greatly appreciate the wealth of information you folks have to offer.
I did a search but couldn't find a thread re. horizontal fly rod holders on this boat. Has anyone done this?
aubv posted 04-13-2004 09:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

This is a very good fly rod holder that might work well horizontally also.


Whalen posted 04-13-2004 11:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalen    
I have recently added 4 fly rod holders to my 170. I used a rod holder in the reel area that is a black spring loaded clamp that I got from Bass Pro for about 7 dollars. I had a friend rip a half inch channel down the length of a five foot long inch and a quarter diameter pvc pipe. I used three screws along the pvc pipe to fix it to the side. I covered the screw heads with a dot of clear silicon and made a ring of silicon around the entrance to the pvc pipe to protect the rods. I tried several methods to mount my rods to the boat, and this is the one that I feel will protect the rods the best. I use a stick on cable tie from 3M (home depot), that has two small nylon balls that you twist together, to lock the rod in place. I had tried alot of other methods first, but this one works. I use a suction cup fly rod holder from Bass Pro to hold the rods while fishing and underway. This holder is very much like a conventional PVC holder that is modified to accomadate the fly rods. I place the holder on the side of the boat across from the side of the console. This location allows us to place the rods in the holder on our way to the seat, and to keep the rods in sight while we are underway. I do not trust the suction cups to hold the rods while out of sight. They have never let loose but Murphy states that they will when fully loaded with two $700+ setups. Having the rods upright and slightly to the front side of you allows you to watch them while underway, and grab the rod and move to the casting posistions in the blink of an eye. Very convenient when chasing birds for stripers here! I will try to get a picture and email if the rain will stop.
saltyfly posted 04-14-2004 06:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for saltyfly  Send Email to saltyfly     
Thanks for the info. This looks very promising. With the cost of the rods you need to provide lots of protection.
James posted 04-15-2004 11:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for James  Send Email to James     

I installed a 2" Delstang Twist stainless steel horizontal fly rod holder made by Blue Water Design on my 170 last year and it works very well for me. The interior of my fly rod holder is padded and it keeps the rod/reel combo firmly secured. As a precaution, I do store the reel in its neoprene bag for better hull protection. Their website is:

There are several fly rod types shown on their website, but after a quick glance, they did not appear to show my stainless steel model. If you are interested in an actual picture of the fly rod holder on the 170, email me.


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