How to Build Fishing Rod Racks

How to Build Fishing Rod Racks
The rods and reels used to fish for fresh and saltwater game fish can range from less than $20 to well over $500. Quality fishing gear is often expensive and is an investment in personal enjoyment and relaxation. Taking care of your rods and reels is essential to helping prolong its useful life. Proper storage can help reduce the scratches, dents and other damage often associated with leaning or laying rods down. A simple rod holder is easy to make, is inexpensive and can typically be completed in a short amount of time.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 3 foot length of 1 x 6 lumber
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil or marker
  • 2-inch diameter PVC pipe (3 feet)
  • Sand paper
  • 8 U shaped pipe clamps
  • Decking screws
  • Screw driver
  • Drill and bit
Step 1
Place a 3-foot length of 1 x 6 lumber on a sturdy work surface. Use a pencil or marker to mark a point 4 inches from both ends of the lumber length. Make two more marks that are spaced evenly across the length of the lumber. These will be the points where the PVC holder will be mounted.
Step 2
Cut a 3-foot length of 2-inch PVC pipe into four equal lengths. Mark the PVC at 9-inch increments and use a fine tooth saw to make the cuts. Try to keep the cuts as straight as possible. Sand any uneven or rough edges with sand paper.
Step 3
Place one of the 9 inch PVC tubes on the 1 x 6 length of lumber. Begin at one end and place the PVC tube on the mark you made earlier. Even the bottom of the tube with the lower edge of the 1 x 6 lumber. Place two U shaped pipe clamps on the PVC pipe so that one is near the bottom and the other just below the top edge of the 1 x 6 lumber.
Step 4
Secure the U shape pipe clamps in place with decking screws and a screw driver. Drive the screws down until the U shape clamp contacts the PVC tube and holds it securely in place. Continue installing the remaining tubes by placing one on each of the three marked spots and securing them with U shape clamps.
Step 5
Determine a location on a wall where you would like to mount the rod holder. Mark three mounting locations on the 1 x 6 lumber where screws will be used to fasten the holder to the wall. Use a drill and bit to make holes at the three mounting locations and use decking screws and a screw driver to secure the holder to the wall.

Tips & Warnings

This is a very adjustable rod holder that can easily be expanded with a longer length of 1 x 6 or by using different spacing between the PVC tubes.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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