DIY FISHING ROD HOLDER
One of the favorite pass times of individuals who live in coastal towns is fishing. It is common to find at least a fishing pole in every household. I happen to be in this bandwagon, and it is no mere coincidence that fishing happens to be my best hobby.
For any fishing adventure to be worthwhile, you need a few pieces of fishing equipment. Imagine holding all of your fishing tools in your hand when going to fish, stressful right? Not to mention your equipment getting damaged in no time. You need a proper storage equipment to store your fishing gear and the choice item for this is a fishing rod holder. A fish filleting knife is also essential after your kill.
My go-to fishing rod holder is a PVC rod holder, I love it because it keeps all my fishing apparatus in place. After placing my fishing gear in my rod holder, I either place it on the ground, on the wall or I let it drape from my ceiling.
Before you give up on making your own PVC holder, I’d like to say the DIY route to creating your own fishing rod holder is as easy as taking a walk in the park. So far, I have made two types of fishing rod holders; vertical and horizontal fishing rod holders. Here’s my take on them;
VERTICAL FISHING ROD HOLDERS
Vertical fishing rods come handy when you want to prevent your fishing rods from becoming curved. My fishing rods are delicate and quite fragile, and I love to keep them at right angles from the ground surface. If you like, you can nail the wall to allow your rod stay upside down.
Usually, I make my vertical rod storage pipe from the PVCs lying in my car park but if you do not have such, you can buy. Contrary to popular belief, DIY storage rods last as long as commercial ones.
HORIZONTAL FISHING ROD HOLDERS
You can use the pipes gotten from your ceiling to make horizontal fishing rod holders.
I do not advice newbies to go for DIY Horizontal fishing rod holders because they are quite difficult to maintain. If you place your horizontal holder on a surface that is laden with moisture, it might get destroyed.
Also, I do not recommend storing this fishing rod holder flat on the ground because anyone can trample on it.
HOW TO USE A FISHING ROD HOLDER
Fishing holders can be used for the following;
FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN CREATING A DIY FISHING ROD HOLDER
Consider if the environment you live in is humid. If you happen to be in a place that has excess moisture in the environment, you can work around it. Humidity can affect the integrity of your rod holder which is why I advise that you always get rid of moisture and clean your rod well before you store it.
Most people do not consider the importance of a ceiling area when they want to create a space for hanging their fishing rod holder. I advise hanging the rod holder in areas of your house where you hardly visit.
MATERIALS YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE YOUR OWN PVC FISHING ROD HOLDER (VERTICAL FISHING ROD HOLDER)
PVC pipes are great for rod holders because you can easily cut them with a ratchet cutter. In some other cases, you can use a hacksaw for cutting. One of the reasons why I use PVC pipes is because they are plastic and you can easily mold them.
I prefer to use Lumber woods which measure 2*4 because they are thick and can bear the weight of your fishing rod holder.
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CUT YOUR PVC PIPE
For a start, cut out a PVC that is 2” in diameter, some straight bars and some elbow bars. After cutting them, add the PVCs. An adhesive is not needed because PVCs attach perfectly well if their dimensions are similar.
When the PVCs have been connected, form an “M” shape. The “M” shaped PVC pipes helps to link various rod holders in one piece.
MATERIALS YOU’LL NEED TO CREATE A HORIZONTAL FISHING ROD HOLDER
Horizontal rod holders are helpful when you want to create a holder that prevents your fishing rods from bending while you store them. Most people find horizontal fishing rods too difficult to make but I find it just suitable for my storage needs. These are the steps I follow to create my horizontal fishing rods;
CUT THE PVC PIPES
The length of your horizontal fishing rods vary, and it is entirely dependent on the number of rods you want stored. Cut the 2” PVC into 5” pieces and fix them into any of the 2×4 wooden board with a screw. Fix a piece of the PVC piping at the two ends of the wood.
FASTEN YOUR FISHING ROD TO THE CEILING
After securing the PVC piping to the wood, and ensuring that it is firm, place the lumber to your ceiling and fix the rods inside the holes you drill out of the PVC. After fastening the rods to the ceiling, you can rest easy knowing that your fishing appliance will not be trampled upon whenever you have visitors.
The process of creating a PVC fishing rod is fairly easy, all you need is dedication and time.
In a nutshell, a good rod holder can preserve your fishing rods for a long time. The cost of changing fishing rods at every single time can cause a dent in your finances. If you wondering how to assemble your fishing gear in one “house”, a DIY fishing rod holder is the right way to go.