How to Store Fishing Poles in a Garage

How to Store Fishing Poles in a Garage
Most anglers have more than one fishing rod and storing them without possible damage can be a nightmare. This is especially true if the garage is your storage facility. Anglers will find a wealth of expensive rod holding systems on the market, but they do not have to be your only choice. With a few tools and supplies, making your own rod holding system is not that hard or expensive. Properly storing your rod will extend its life for years.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Measuring tape
  • Wooden board
  • PVC pipe
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • 1-inch and 3-inch screws
  • Hooks
Step 1
Remove any extra tackle remaining on your rod such as heavy lures that will cause the rod to bend while being stored. You want the rod to remain as straight as possible during storage so it does not create a permanent bend in the end tip section.
Step 2
Tie the fishing line or use the hook to attach the line to a guide, after removing the lures. Allow the line to be slightly taut, but not so tight it causes a bend in the rod's tip, when tying off to the guide. This will help your line from becoming tangled and not put extra pressure on the guide or rod tip.
Step 3
Select an area in your garage where the wall is free from other objects. Depending on the length of your fishing rod, you will probably require the entire height of the wall for proper housing. Select an area where you will have at least 3 to 4 feet in width to mount your rod holding system.
Step 4
Cut two pieces of wood 2 inches thick by 3 to 4 feet long. This size board will allow for the storage of approximately four to six rods, spaced approximately 6 inches apart.
Step 5
Saw a two-inch piece of PVC piping into six-inch long sections. These will hold the rod butt and reel in place on the bottom board, keeping the rods horizontal.
Step 6
Screw the bottom inside portion of PVC pipe onto one of the boards, using 1-inch screws. Space each PVC pipe apart by approximately 6 inches, allowing room for each reel to properly hang on the board and not be too crowded next to the other. Adjust the spacing according to the size of your fishing reels.
Step 7
Attach hooks to the other piece of board, at the same spacing of your PVC piping. These will hold the top portion of your rod in place against the wall, keeping the rod secure in the holder.
Step 8
Screw the bottom board to the garage wall, using 3-inch screws, attaching it firmly to the wall. Space the second board approximately 3 to 4 feet above the first board and attach it to your garage wall. Place the rods into the PVC holders and hooks.

Tips & Warnings

Fishing rods can be stored either vertically or horizontally. The main object is keeping the rods straight, unbent and out of the way of possible damage.
Always clean your rod of salt, sand or other debris before storing it, as it will maintain its life.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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