Do Rod Sleeves Actually Protect Your Fishing Rods? (Rod Jacket Review)


Have you ever broken a rod while transporting or storing it?

I have, and it’s incredibly frustrating.

In hopes of protecting my rods, I recently started using rod sleeves.

Rods (especially the eyes) can get stuck or tangled with one another or on other objects, which is a big cause of them breaking.

Rod sleeves, or rod jackets, help protect your rods and decrease the chances that they get stuck on something.

However, rod jackets come with their own set of hazards as well.

In this video, I’m going to talk about the pros and cons of using them, as well as address the big question: do they even work?

If you’re looking to protect your rods, check out the video below.

Rod Sleeves: Do They Work? [VIDEO]

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Alright, let’s get into the pros and cons of rod sleeves.


  • They prevent your guides from catching or getting tangled on things (including your other rods)
  • They protect your rods from getting nicked
  • They don’t cost much


  • If you get a rod sleeve that’s too short, it can put pressure on your rod tip and may break it
  • Hooks are easily snagged in the nylon material


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Whether you have a $50 rod or a $500 rod, you probably want to make it last as long as you can.

Rod sleeves can help do that, as long as they’re the right length for your rod.

Have any questions about rod sleeves?

Do you use them?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Vincent C Ruggiero
3 years ago

Tony your tips are great and helpful! To save time between vehicle to fishing, I Do have my lures pre-tied but I put masking tape around my hooks the night before 🙂

Cory R Ponz
3 years ago

They’re great for storage not travel. Had couple of my rods almost sail out of my boat. They catch the wind like a sail. All in all highly recommended.

3 years ago

I made my own some years back, use them on steelhead, salmon and albacore rods. They protect from boat rash and tangling. From custom rods to Lamiglas and GLoomis, all my rods are sleeved during transport.

Brett Laws
3 years ago

I’ve been using rod sleeves for the last 10 years. Absolutely love them. With my older bass boat(1993 Stratos 285 Pro XL?) the rod locker is much smaller than newer boats. With the rod sleeves, i could carry 15-16 rods with me and never worry about tangling or damaging guides or the rod blanks. I could grab a rod on the bottom and pull it out with no problems.

Richard Doane
3 years ago

I have been using them for years and they do work. But it is hard to find the right length. Most are to short or small for spin cast roods.

3 years ago
Reply to  Richard Doane

I get it on spools if 50 feet, McMaster-Carr. Tight woven expandable sleeve, for instance pn 2837K74 expands from 1/2 to 3/4” id and 50 feet cost about 30 bucks, cut to length, wrap one end with line, trim the end and singe it with a lighter. For the open end I turn it in on itself about 3-4” and then stitch it loosely so it can still expand. For spinning rods you just look for a size that will extend over you largest guide.


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