How to build a wooden fishing rod holder

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How to build a wooden fishing rod holder
After fishing, store your rod in a rack. (Angler with fishing rod in the river. image by Mladenov from

If want to protect, preserve, and properly store fishing rods the most inexpensive and effective method is to build your own wooden rod rack. You can make one for less than £13 depending on which types of parts you buy. The rack, when properly stained and cared for, will last for years. It only takes about an afternoon to build and you will not need extensive woodworking knowledge.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 4-foot-long board
  • Saw
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Drill or power driver
  • Wood screws
  • Rod tip holders
  • Drywall screws and anchors

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  1. 1

    Cut a 4-foot-long two-by-four board to a length of about 3 feet, or longer if you desire a larger rack. Use pine, oak, or maple. Any wood will work fine. There should be at least 2 inches of space on each side of the rod, so plan your rack accordingly. A 3-foot-wide rack will store about eight rods comfortably.

  2. 2

    Find the centre of the board on each end using a small ruler and then draw a straight line across the board in the centre lengthwise from one side to the other with a graphite pencil. This marks the installation points for your rod tip holders.

  3. 3

    Make a mark every 4 to 5 inches along the line with a pencil, starting at least 2 inches from one end.

  4. 4

    Install a plastic rod tip holder to the board on each mark. The rod tip holder is a small clip with a base that holds the tip of the rod. You can find these at a speciality fishing store or hardware store. Use either a 1-inch wood screw and power drill or an adhesive-like liquid nails to secure this clip to the wood.

  5. 5

    Place the rod tip holder on a wall in your closet or garage (or wherever you want to mount the rod holder) at least 3 feet from the floor. Drill two holes through the rod holder with a 1/16th-inch bit, and straight into the wall itself. Remove the rod tip holder from the wall, and tap two plastic drywall anchors into the holes with a small hammer until they are flush with the wall. Place the rod holder back on the wall and line up the holes with the tips of the anchors. Place two screws in the holes and, using a power drill, screw them into the wall anchors.

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