Fishing Rod Storage & Display

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Fishing Rod Storage & Display
Antique fishing rods can be displayed in style. (fishing rod image by Inhumane Productions from

Fishing rods are long and delicate, and storage is always a concern. Storage and display of fishing rods can be accomplished in several different ways, depending on your purpose. Multiple piece rods are the easily stored, and single piece rods are difficult and require space. Storage solutions also have a wide range of prices, ranging from cheap rod tubes to expensive custom cabinets.


Travel requires fishing rods to be stored for protection. Rod tubes constructed of aluminium or thick-wall plastics are the standard. The rod is also placed inside of a soft sleeve to prevent abrasion against the hard tube walls. The tube and sleeve must correspond to the length and number of the rod pieces.


Rod storage in the home is accomplished in several different ways. Rods can be stored assembled by using a display rack similar to those used in retail stores. The racks do not have to be of extremely high quality and can also double as general gear storage with drawers and space for storing rods in tubes. The racks are available through large retailers like Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops and are built to serve function and style.


Display cases are built for safely holding antique and decorative rods. Bamboo rods are valuable collector's items and can be displayed and protected. The cases are usually built from a high quality wood and are custom built around a glass display. Many of the cases will also have shelving for antique reels.


Fishing rods are an investment and many cannot be replaced. Protecting the rods during travel can prevent ruining a fishing trip, and safe storage in the home will increase the life of the rod by preventing contact. Protection and display of rods is considered mandatory by many anglers.

Expert Insight

Protect your fishing rods, especially the valuable antiques. Fishing does require some abuse of the equipment, and breaking rods is not uncommon. Purchase high-quality rods with lifetime warranty policies if you fish regularly and abuse equipment. Do not display rods in high traffic areas where they may be knocked down and damaged.

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