How To Make a Fishing Rod

How To Make a Fishing Rod
There is no arguing that fishing is a great outdoor activity. Whether for sport or recreation, fishing is an easy activity in which to participate and is relatively inexpensive. Along with fishing, there are other activities or hobbies--such as fly tying, lure making and rod building--that many find enjoyable and relaxing. However, for the individual looking for a simple and easy-to-do solution so he can get a line in the water, a simple bank pole can lead to hours of fun on a stream or pond.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to Make a Fishing Rod

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bamboo or other flexible wood, at least 8 feet long Small knife Fishing line Terminal tackle (weights, hooks and bait) Sandpaper (variety of grits)
  • Bamboo or other flexible wood, at least 8 feet long
  • Small knife
  • Fishing line
  • Terminal tackle (weights, hooks and bait)
  • Sandpaper (variety of grits)
Step 1
Prepare the rod material you will be using. If you choose bamboo or other material, you will want to lightly sand any rough spots especially near the end you will be holding. If you are using a limb or sapling pole, for example, you will need to spend more time in preparation and use heavier sandpaper and progress to a fine grit.
Step 2
With the knife, remove any rough edges from both ends of the rod and smooth them with sandpaper. Cut a V-shaped notch about 1 inch from the end of the rod where the line will be attached.
Step 3
Using a basic double knot, securely tie the fishing line to the end of the rod, making sure the line rests in the V notch. This will help keep the line from slipping forward or backward.
Step 4
Allow for approximately 12 to 15 feet of line or enough line so that it may reach the spot to be fished. You will also need to allow for reaching over and past brush or grass, and also keep in mind the depth at which you wish to present the bait. Adjust the length of line accordingly.
Step 5
Add a weight, which is typically necessary for a bank pole setup, along with a hook. Most weights may be crimped onto the line. Use a clinch knot to attach the hook. Add corn or a night crawler, and you are ready for fun.

Tips & Warnings

Although it is a simple and straightforward setup, a bank pole is all that is needed for hours of catching especially small fish such a bream and crappie. Try using corn or even small multicolored marshmallows for bait. This is a great project for kids, and it helps them to be creative as well as learn to enjoy a new outdoor activity.
Take care when using the knife, and always cut away from you. Also remember that monofilament line is capable of cutting, especially when it is stretched tight. Take care when handling hooks. If children are participating in this project, they should be supervised through the entire process.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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