But storing and protecting these necessary tools when not in use creates quite a challenge. To solve this problem, a good friend of mine built some custom cradles for my rigs out of ½-inch Starboard. With this setup, we just remove the butt from the rod and set the reel into the cradle. The weight of the reel keeps the rig in place. The cradle is screwed down to the deck, and you can modify it to fit any reel.