The Best Ready Rod Bags

Great time-savers, ready rod bags help you transport fully made-up rods to the bank. Simply unzip, unfold the rod and push together to get fishing straight away. Here are our team’s favourites...

The Best Ready Rod Bags

by Angling Times |

Daiwa N’zon 2 + 2 Rod Holdall

Carry up to four made-up rods, folded down with reels attached, fully protected in this hard case sleeve. Two rods fit in each compartment, held in place by staggered and prepositional butt protectors, Velcro straps and a dividing strap to prevent reels knocking together. Available at 180cm long for three-piece rods or 196cm long for two-piece.

Why we love it: A real plush and quality product to protect your precious rods. Despite being compact, even rods with quite big reels will fit comfortably inside. External pockets for landing net and quivertip are a great additional bonus.

Price: £99.99-£110, www.daiwasports.co.uk

Daiwa N’zon 2 + 2 Rod Holdall
Daiwa N’zon 2 + 2 Rod Holdall

Preston Competition 2 Rod Holdall

A hard-wearing and durable hardcase holdall with a thick waterproof base. Velcro straps and internal pouches hold the rod butts in place and are positioned to stagger the reels.

At 191cm long, it will hold most folded-down rods on the market.

Why we love it: Lots of protection for your valuable rods in a very simple design. A modest and solidly constructed bag will do a great job at a price that’s hard to beat.

Price: £59.99, www.prestoninnovations.com

Preston Competition 2 Rod Holdall
Preston Competition 2 Rod Holdall

Middy MX-RC1 Padded Rod Case

Made from tough 420 denier nylon, with a balanced carrying handle, this case will fit neatly inside the MX-6TFZ holdall.

Designed to take one rod plus a reel, the zip is positioned along the spine, on the opposite side to the reel, to prevent damage and do away with the risk of line getting caught. At 183cm long, it will accommodate most rods.

Why we love it:

This compact case takes up very little room in the car or shed. It’s easy to transport and very light. More a holdall within a holdall, rather than something you’d use in isolation, it’s still ideal for short trips or spur of the moment pleasure sessions.

Price: £39.99, www.middytackle.com

Middy MX-RC1 Padded Rod Case
Middy MX-RC1 Padded Rod Case

Matrix Horizon X Rigid Rod Holdalls

Part of the high end, no-compromise Horizon X luggage range designed for modern match anglers, these holdalls are available in two sizes: 2-4 rods and 3-6 rods. Each compartment is oversized, with Velcro straps and internal dividers that top-and-tail your rods to save space. An EVA moulded outer pocket will hold spare quivertips, while a full-length external sleeve will take landing net handles and a brolly. Made from rigid PE board with waterproof zips and 195cm long.

Why we love it: A complete system that can hold all your rods made up and safe in one place. The only holdall you will need if you’re a rod and line angler.

Price: £160.00-£179.99, www.fishmatrix.co.uk

Matrix Horizon X Rigid Rod Holdalls
Matrix Horizon X Rigid Rod Holdalls

Korum Opportunist 2 Rod Foldall

The ultimate bag for the short rod angler. You can carry two made-up and folded 8ft rods with landing net, your gear in three main compartments (one of which is insulated to carry bait), plus your bank sticks, boilies and nets in an outer compartment. A fully adjustable strap ensures it is always balanced to carry.

Why we love it: All your gear and bait, all in one bag! Perfect for hiding away in the car boot for a quick after-work or lunch break session.

Price: £109.99, www.korum.co.uk

Korum Opportunist 2 Rod Foldall
Korum Opportunist 2 Rod Foldall

Drennan Specialist Double Rod Sleeve

A large main compartment will hold two made-up and strapped rods, plus tips and leads or feeders in dedicated internal pockets.

External straps will hold an additional rod or umbrella with space for banksticks or landing net in two outer pockets.

Why we love it: This quality rod sleeve from Drennan offers loads of storage in the form of a compact and simple case. Great for storing rods at home, it can be quickly customised for your next session.

Price: £54.99, www.drennantackle.com

Drennan Specialist Double Rod Sleeve
Drennan Specialist Double Rod Sleeve
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