How to Make A Fishing Rod Holder?
When it comes to taking any kind of fishing trip, it is true that there are several pieces of equipment involved for a successful journey. However, the most important aspect is how you store this equipment, namely your fishing rod, in order to avoid any premature damages.
How to Make a Fishing Rod Holder? Before you can make a fishing rod holder by yourself, you will need to choose the type of storage solution that you will be building. You can place your holder on the wall, the ground, or even make it hang down from the ceiling.
Once you have decided on this, you will be able to gather your materials in the area of your home that you have chosen, and piece everything together.
Making a rod holder is easier than you might think. All it requires is a bit of ingenuity, tenacity, and a willingness to learn a new skill. Sometimes, you do not even need to go out and buy supplies!
In this article, we will be going through the process of making a fishing rod holder, step-by-step. By the end of this guide, you will be a bonafide expert in making a DIY project that you can really be proud of.
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How to Make a (DIY) Fishing Rod Holder
Let us examine the vertical method for storing rods. There are few techniques more reliable than creating vertical standing holders out of household objects, and you will learn about the most effective materials here.
Materials You May Need for Vertical Storage DIY Fishing Rod Holder
- Cutting Tool
- Pool Noodle
Steps to Making a Vertical Storage DIY Fishing Rod Holder
- Cut the PVC/Pool Noodle in long slits perpendicularly
- Fasten it to the wall (close enough to touch the ground)
- Rest your rods against your new holder
Your best friend will be PVC: it is such a versatile type of piping that it can be cut and repurposed for just about anything.
Step #1: Cut the PVC or Pool Noodle
You will need to cut 2” thick PVC, both straight bars and elbow bars, and piece them together. You do not need glue for this, as PVC can fit together relatively well if their dimensions are the same.
When you connect PVC together, you want to end up with something like an “M” shape, which allows you to connect multiple rod holders together.
Steps #2 and #3: Connect the PVC to the Wall, Add Your Rods
Connecting a larger PVC to the middle of these elbows, once these pieces are connected, will keep your rods sturdy and upright.
An Alternative to the PVC Method: The Pool Noodle Method
- Take a pool noodle and cut long slits halfway into the noodle going perpendicular.
- You can fasten the pool noodle however you like to the wall, but make sure it is close enough to the ground where your rod touches both the floor and slides into the slits you made.
- Once the pool noodle is fastened to the wall, you can rest your rods against it without worrying about warping from the hard surfaces.
These methods will keep your rods looking newer for much longer!
Materials You May Need for Horizontal Storage DIY Fishing Rod Holder
- Cutting Tool
- Nails/Screws For Attaching
Steps to Making a Horizontal Storage DIY Fishing Holder
- Cut the PVC in long slits
- Fasten it to the ceiling securely (hanging down)
- Hang your rods on your new holde
Horizontal methods will follow the same exact logic as making the vertical. You want a holder that keeps your rods from bending. The most popular method is to make ceiling-mounted rod holders with PVC and lumber.
The downside to the horizontal fixture is that it requires much more time to make than the others; however, if you commit, you can construct a reliable apparatus without too much difficulty.
Step #1: Cut the PVC
All you will need are 2” PVC piping -- the length will depend on how many rods you want to store -- some 2x4 wooden boards, screws and a drill.
The process is fairly simple: cut 2” PVC into 5” pieces and screw them into any 2x4 piece of lumber, one piece of piping at both ends of the wood.
Step #2: Fasten it to the Ceiling Securely
Mount the lumber to the ceiling, however you prefer to, and place your rods into the holes you made out of PVC piping. That’s it!
Step #3: Hang Your Rods
You can now keep your rods stored above on your ceiling without worrying about careless roomies trampling your hobby into dust.
These processes are extremely useful and are not even that complicated to execute. All you need is some tenacity, and time.
Types of Fishing Rod Holder Solutions
Like any savvy fisher, you’ve most likely been met with the age-old issue of proper rod storage. Having a reliable DIY guide for making a fishing rod holder is a valuable asset to have.
Rather than spend money on a commercial one, why not use the power of your mind to construct a personal holder that is all your own, using supplies you have scattered about your garage?
Cheap, reliable and long-lasting holders are possible if you have the drive to make one.
Before we can get right into the steps for making your own DIY fishing rod holder, we will first be going over all of the different types of storage solutions that you have to choose from.
I know it may seem counterintuitive to suggest this, but oftentimes you may not even need to make anything if you have a forgiving environment.
By that I mean: making a completely new holder may not be necessary if you have a sturdy wall, ceiling or even a remote spot on your floor!
There are quite a few tips for keeping your rods lasting longer, and the most consistent of these is that you want to store them in a way that prevents a curve from forming on it.
Curvatures are common when rods are not cleaned and stored properly. Climate can warp the rod too, but there is only so much that you can control in this case.
Some websites recommend using a storage unit that also has climate control, but unless you do this for a career, or you are just a committed hobbyist, such a case is not necessary.
Two Main Methods for Storing Rods Without Building Anything
Vertical Storage: hanging it from a nail on the wall or keeping it standing on the ground
Horizontal Storage: on a surface away from moisture or salt
Vertical Storage Method
Vertical storage is fairly simple, and the main goal you want to accomplish in doing this is avoiding curvature. Rods are fairly fragile and can warp if you are not careful.
Vertically storing involves keeping the rod perpendicular to the ground as straight as you can manage.
You can use any kind of nail in the wall, the rod may hang upside down, but that’s find. Keeping it standing on ground is fine, but not preferred -- depending on the angle, you could place pressure on the rod and warp the wood.
A vertical holder can be made from spare piping in the ground and even pool noodles! Anything that allows the rod to keep its shape without putting too much tension on it will work just fine.
You just need to be aware of how durable your DIY holder is. Pool noodles can last indefinitely as a holder if you keep them dry.
Horizontal Storage Method
Horizontal is also a popular choice, but can be a bit tricky. It is perfectly fine to keep the rod lying on a table, but you must ensure that this table is free of moisture or salt, which can damage the rod’s structural integrity.
I do not recommend keeping it flat horizontal on the ground, as anyone can just come along and step on it. Fragile wood plus feet equals one unhappy fisher!
A horizontal holder can be made from piping in the ceiling, where you can rest the rod on the protruding pipes, as well as wall-mounted rod holders made from cut up pieces of piping and wood. The only caveat with this are that you are limited by the layout of your ceilings.
In a lot of ways, the DIY holders you come across will follow these two dimensions down to the letter, as vertical and horizontal storage are the best methods for keeping your rod lasting longer. Diagonal mounts are also an option, but they’re uncommon and are not conducive to the rod’s shape.
If you have access to the proper tools, it’s a snap to making holders that are vertical or horizontal. I have seen vertical holders made from wooden slabs and pool holder, and horizontal holders made from spare piping on the ceiling, or on the wall. The options are endless!
Regardless of how you slice it, there are many options for making a durable holder than does not involve a lot of guesswork. Now let’s get to the practical part.
Tips For Making The Best Fishing Rod Holder For Your Space
Everyone’s space is different, and there are times where one DIY method is preferable over others. For example, someone who lives in a two-story with a garage will have slightly more options for space than a student in a dormitory.
Thankfully, the beauty of DIY methods are that they are versatile! A studio apartment? No problem! A small garage? Completely doable. As long as your space is big enough to accommodate the length of your rod, you can make a fixture that will work.
Factors That Can Determine the Best Fishing Rod Holder for Your Space
- Ceiling space
- Floor space
Ceiling Space and Floor Space
This may sound odd, but there are lot of aspects of your ceiling that you probably do not consider in everyday life -- things like the height of your ceilings, doorways, etc.
For context, when I was fresh out of college, I lived in a studio apartment on the beach, which, at 21, sounded great in theory, but anyone who has ever lived on the beach knows that space is precious.
In essence, you pay for location, not space! Thus, if you’re in a similar situation with your usable space, you need to be crafty in placing your DIY holder.
In cases like these, a vertical holder won’t jive well; you need to conserve that space if you hope to move comfortably in it! Thus, a horizontal holder might be a better option, especially if do not have garage space.
Consider keeping the fixture in areas you spend the least amount of time in; in a studio, you can’t really work around this, but for a one-bedroom I recommend keeping it in the living room area.
Let’s say you do have more space; let’s go a bit more ridiculous and assume you’re homeowner in today’s economy. Your options are pretty much unlimited!
Except for one factor: climate. Humidity can in fact warp rods worse than you think. Extremely dry weather can cause your rod to crack.
That is part of the reason why holder merchants suggest a storage unit with climate control capabilities. A good way to work around this is to always clean your rod properly and remove excess moisture before storing it.
At the end of the day, it is critical to keep your rod clean and well-maintained while also keeping in mind your space limitations. Regardless of your personal circumstances, a bit of creative thinking can save your supplies.
Essential Supplies For a DIY Fishing Rod Holder
There are few things in this world that are easier to make than a fishing rod holder, mainly because the amount of supplies you need is minimal. As previously stated, you do not need to run out and buy new supplies if you have PVC and screws!
Holders are very versatile in how you make them, and they can be constructed with a variety of materials, however, if you want something that can stand the test of time, invest in some kind of piping.
Pool noodles are fine if you’re in a pinch, but if you plan on a permanent installation that look aesthetically pleasing, go with a pipe option.
An Overview of Essential Materials for a DIY Fishing Rod Holder
- 2” PVC piping
- PVC cutter
- 2x4 lumber
Where You Can Buy Supplies for a DIY Fishing Holder and How Much They Can Cost
The table below compares prices on the essential materials for building a fishing rod holder at three major retailers.
2" PVC Piping
Varies by Store
Prices may vary by area and store, but these are examples of real products on each store’s website.
A Closer Look at Essential Materials for a DIY Fishing Rod Holder
PVC is highly workable and can be cut very easily with a cheap PVC ratchet cutter, you just need to careful! A hacksaw is also a good choice, though it carries additional dangers - be cautious when selecting a pipe cutter.
The good part though is the PVC is plastic and malleable, so the amount of strength you need to cut it should be minimal despite your choices on cutter.
Lumber is a necessity for any kind of mounting apparatus, since I doubt you would be fine with drilling PVC pipes into your ceiling. 2x4 is a good choice, and a thick board that can support that weight of your rod is desired.
Choose something with enough thickness to handle both your rod and reel, as it wouldn’t make sense for you to detach your reel every time you wanted to store the rod.
And lastly, space is the most important part of mounting a holder. Without it, you can’t even begin to plan a proper rod holder. Be selective and choose a spot in your home that does not have a lot of foot traffic!
The Benefits of Fishing Rod Holders
With all of this talk about fishing rod holders, it is easy to forget why exactly we care about proper storage.
Rods are durable tools fishers use to enjoy the world around them, and we want our rods to last us a long time. Storage is a critical part of keeping your rods safe, strong, and usable.
While I’ve gone over the benefits of storage, there are countless uses for a reliable holder as well! DIY projects can be taken on the go, left in your house, even deconstructed and reconstructed.
Ways to Use Your Fishing Rod Holder
- Long term storage
- Short term storage out in the field
- Collecting multiple rods
Store Your Rods Long Term
Long-term storage should be an obvious plus to using DIY holders, since they’re durable and can hold your rods without much issue.
Using PVC will protect against rust or excess moisture, especially if you don’t make a case: cases that hold rods can cause mold and warping, so always make sure you are keeping your clean rod exposed to the air.
Store Your Rods Short Term Out in the Field
Besides storage, fishing rod holders can be used practically in the field as well, when you’re off doing other things, a portable holder can be a life-saver.
When you’re grabbing lunch or whatever, keeping your rod slung over your shoulder can be a hassle. A holder than can be used for both long term storage and utility,
A slight downside to portable storage units are their lack of security, unless you want to invest in something like a bike lock, it’s very important you keep an eye on your rod.
If you’re in a boat, then this is not an issue, but depending on how snug your rod is secured, a catch may whisk your rod away!
Collect Multiple Rods
Finally, the best part of using DIY rod holders is the fact that they can change depending on your needs, if you use the elbow “M” shape for your holders, you can, in theory, attach as many units as you have rods!
No matter if you have two rods, or even ten, you can add and subtract PVC pipe as your needs change.
DIY? No Problem!
In conclusion, having a trusty rod holder can make all the difference in how long your fishing career lasts.
Having to constantly replace rods can draw up a hefty bill, so remember that when in doubt, a rod holder is a simple addition to your arsenal of fishing gear!