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DIY Fishing Rod Holders

There is nothing more frustrating to an angler that reaching for their fishing rod only to find the lines tangled. A proper fishing rod is essential, and you need to find a way even when you are short on space. Today, we will be looking at some practical DIY fishing rod holders to help you with the organization of your fishing equipment.

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Experienced fishermen have more than one fishing rod to ensure that they can partake in the different types of fishing. Proper storage may become an issue, and we are here to provide you with the answers. The following are simple DIY projects that will help store your equipment carefully and correctly

DIY Fishing rod holders for garage

1. Using a PVC pipe

If you are thinking of making a rod holder in your garage, then you probably have several fishing rods. Our DIY fishing rod holder for your garage will store 21 rods, which is pretty great if you ask me. It is a great budget-friendly project that will take you a short period to create. Well, let us get started.

DIY Fishing Rod Holders


Four 10-foot PVC pipe pieces with diameters of 1 1/2 –inch

Twenty-three one ½-inch T connectors

Four 1 ½-inch 90-degrees elbows

Tape measure


PVC hand saw

Before we get started on our little project, you must get ready for some labor-intensive work. You will need to use your handsaw to cut several PVC pieces, and it isn’t easy work. By the end of this project, you might have a sore arm, which is worth it if you ask me. This is also a great and fun project that you could work on with friends or family.

Step 1: Cutting the PVC pieces

To store all 21 rods, you will need 28 PVC pieces that are 4-inches long and 21 PVC pieces that are 24-inches long. I prefer using the hand saw, but you could always use different methods and tools to cut the PVC pipes. Whatever method you decide is good with us as long as it gets the job done effectively.

Step 2: assembling the rack

You don’t need PVC glue to assemble the rack since the pieces just fit together perfectly. The pieces that you cut will dry fit without needing any extra equipment. The advantage of not gluing your rack is that you can always add extra storage if you buy any more rods/ the individual rod holders are formed by placing the 14-inch section into the t-connector top and the 4-inch section on the ends.

This means that the other end of the 4-inch PVC section is connected to the next rod holder using the T-connector. It’s a simple assembly that takes a few minutes when you get the pattern. It’s a matter of connecting your sections to the corresponding T-connectors.

Step 3: Creating the ends

The end is constructed using a 90-degree connector and a T-connector. All you need to do is fit the T-connector firmly on the middle row, and the 90-degree connector on the last section of the 4-inch pieces. Finally, the 4-inch sections will join the entire thing together.

Step 4: store your fishing rods

Once you are done with step 3, you can start using your fishing rod holder. What I love about this rod holder for the garage is that you can customize it to fit any number of rods that you have. You can reduce the sections and hold as few rods as you want or increase it to hold more. Your fishing rod holder can also fit in a small area, leaving you enough space.

2. using screw-in bicycle hooks

Let’s say you don’t have enough floor space in your garage, what do you do? You could always construct a fishing rod rafter rack on the ceiling using screw-in bicycle hooks. In this section, I will take you through the steps to get this done. Now, my design will accommodate 12 fishing rods, and you can always change this to suit your needs.


Twenty-four screw-in bicycle hooks

One 12-foot 2 x 4 piece of wood


Tape measure

Circular saw

Power drill

Deck screws

Step 1: Cut the wood piece

The first step in our project is using the circular saw to cut the 12-foot 2×4 into two 6-foot pieces. You can then proceed to mark 12 marks across each section, ensuring that the marks are 5-inches apart. Start from one end of each section.

Step 2: Drill the holes

Use your power drill to make smaller holes on the 5-inch marks on the two pieces of wood. Ensure that you use a drill bit that is smaller than the bicycle hook. Do not use a large drill bit because the hooks won’t fit in tightly; it is more advantageous to use a slightly smaller hook.

Step 3: Screw your hooks in

Ensure that you screw your bicycle hooks tightly in the holes that you just made. Once you are done with this process, you can start mounting your rod holder on the rafters.

Step 4: Finishing touches

When mounting the rod holder on the rafters, ensure that you make the two pieces parallel, and the eye hooks should line up.

DIY fishing rod holders for home

Making a fishing rod holder in your home can be a challenging task, especially when you don’t have enough room. However, in this section, we will go through some DIY fishing holders that are perfect for your home because they don’t occupy too much space.

1. using PVC pipe and wood pieces


Two pieces of wood 35 mm x 70 mm x 2.4 mm

Two shorter wood pieces about 280 mm

Drill and 45 mm hole saw

45 mm PVC pipes

Four bugle batten screws

Four L-brackets

Ensure that you use high-quality material during the construction of this fish rod holder. You want an elegant holder that looks neat on your wall. Do not compromise on quality to save money when constructing a DIY fish rod holder for your home.

Step 1: clamping our rack

Once you are done making the holes using the hole saw, we need to clamp our two pieces so that the holes made align correctly. The top and bottom of our rack have to align so that you can store your fishing rods correctly.

Step 2: drilling the holes

You need to drill holes on the rack that run from the top to the bottom. Ensure that they are well spaced so that your reel handles have sufficient room. A spacing of about five inches will be sufficient. Start with the top piece of timber and work down to the second so that all the holes line up.

Step 3: Make a rectangular frame

Using our screw sides and pre-drilled holes, we need to put together a rectangular frame. Use the bugle batten screws for more durable construction.

Step 4: fitting in the PVC pipes

The PVC pipes should be longer than our rack to ensure that our precious fishing rods don’t rub on timber. Use a mallet to force the pipes through the holes on the rack. You may put a nut and bolt through the base if you plan on storing game rods, to act as a gimbal pin. However, it is not mandatory, and your fish rod holder will work just fine.

Step 5: Mount to the wall.

The final step is mounting your fish rod holder to the wall. If you used a thinner piece of wood, then flash mounting will look neater; however, the reel clamps may not be sturdy since they hit your wall before it is fully secured.

The safe option is to always use the Dynabolts or plugs depending on what kind of wall you have. Once you securely mount the holder to the wall, you can start storing your fishing rod.

2. Wire shelving rack

Using a wire shelving rack, you could create a simple fish rod holder for your home. However, not that it

doesn’t look so good, and is better done in the store or pantry. The wire shelving rack won’t look good in your living room.



Wire shelving

Constructing this fish rod holder is rather simple, and it will take you just a few minutes. All you need to do is screw two short sections of wire shelving to the ceiling. Ensure that the sections are wide apart to create a balance for your fishing rods.

Once you have the sections screwed, you can use it as a fish rod holder for as many fishing rods as you like. The advantage of using the wire shelving is that you could fit a lot of fishing rods in one small section.

DIY fishing rod holders for trucks

Sometimes you might need to store your fishing rods in your truck. This is usually when you go out fishing a lot, or you don’t have space in your home. Thankfully, you can always construct a fishing rod holder for your truck. Making a fishing rod holder for your track can be rather tasking, and you may need some help to ensure that the project turns out great.


Two cross fittings

Seven T-fittings

7 caps

12-feet of PVC pipe

Start with the cross fit

You need to start by placing the cross piece right against your wheel well. You must measure the size of your bed to determine what size pipe is needed to go into the crosspiece. This requires a little bit of calculation. The cross fit needs to fit perfectly so that the fishing rod holder doesn’t move about a lot when traveling. The two cross pieces that you use have to fit against the truck for more stable construction.

Connect the PVC pipes

You need to start by attaching PVC pipes that fit from end to end to the crosspiece. This will ensure that the two cross pieces are well supported. The two PVC pieces you use have to cover the entire length of your truck bed.

Place the T-fittings

Align the T-fittings across the width of your truck bed. Dry fit them using the leftover PVC pipes so that they stand at an angle. The fishing rods have to stand at an angle, which means that you need to put your T-fittings at an angle.

Go fishing

Once this process is complete, you can proceed to go fishing without having to worry about where to store your fishing rods.

Creating a fishing rod holder for your truck is rather difficult, and you have to make a lot of calculations. The most important thing, however, is ensuring that your holder is stable. To check out how it works, I would recommend watching a few YouTube videos of how it is done.

PVC fishing rod holders

The most common fish rod holders are constructed from PVC since they are easier to work with. Now you can create different kinds of fish rod holders depending on your preference. However, I will show you one simple PVC fishing rod holder that you can make within a few minutes and can hold up to 6 fishing rods.


1 ½-inch diameter PVC pipe about 5 feet

Some screws

Piece of wood


Hand drill

Circular saw

Let’s get started so that you can learn the basics when constructing fishing rod holders using PVC pipes.

Step 1: cut the piece of wood

The first step is cutting the piece of wood to the desired length. Include two end pieces that will support your main piece.

Step 2: Drill holes

Drill a few holes into the main piece and the supports. Use your hand drill to screw in the supports to the main wood piece. This is a rather simple procedure, and it should take you just a few moments.

Step 3: Saw

Cut your PVC pipe into lengths that can support your fishing rod. You can cut as many pieces that will fit onto your main wood piece. This will depend on the number of fishing rods that you want to store.

Step 4: Drill pilots

Now, you have to drill two pilots into the PVC pieces and the main piece as well. The hand drill will accomplish this task quickly, and we can move to the next. You can then proceed to screw the PVC pieces to the main piece of wood.

Step 5: store your fishing rods

Once you are done, you can store your fishing rods. Remember that you can use a longer main piece and more PVC pipes to store more fishing rods.

This is a simple project that you can do at home to create a fishing rod holder. It doesn’t require a lot of material, and you can save a lot of space. All DIY fishing rod holders are constructed similarly with just a few changes. Using your imagination, you can create sophisticated fishing rod holders for as many items as you have.

Advantages of using a fishing rod holder

Now that you can construct your fishing rod holder, it is essential to look at some of the advantages that you will get. Most people don’t have a fishing rod holder because they don’t understand all the benefits that they tend to gain. At this point, you have probably realized that fishing rod holders are inexpensive and you can quickly design your own,

1. Organization

A fishing rod holder will keep you organized both at home or when going fishing. In most homes, throwing your fishing rod behind the staircase of the attic seems to work. However, when it is time to go fishing, you will find your lines completely tangled.

It is also essential to keep your fishing rods organized when at home because this ensures that they are out of the way. There have been several accidents at home that are caused by a poorly stored fishing rod. Fishing rods are long, and they could always end up getting tangled and causing serious injury.

2. Increase durability

Have you ever broken a new fishing rod when trying to fit it in the back of your truck? Well, this happened to me a while back, and it can be so frustrating. I had my new fishing rod, and I wanted to take it out for a spin. The good news is that it broke when I was just about to leave, so I just picked up the next one.

What happens when you travel for miles to the fishing spot only to have your rod break? This can be so frustrating, mainly when you hadn’t carried an extra fishing rod. To avoid such tragedies and, therefore, increase the durability of your fishing rod, you have to consider proper storage.


Fishing rod holders are essential because they help keep our precious fishing rods well stored and secured. Some fishing rods cost a fortune, and you have to ensure that you safely store them whenever you are not using them. As you have learned by now, you can construct a fishing rod holder with just a few materials that you already have lying around.

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