How to Build a Wooden Fishing Rod

How to Build a Wooden Fishing Rod
Fishing is a relaxing sport that many learn at a young age. The development of fishing technology has led to more complex and costly poles on the market. An easy way to beat rising prices and keep fishing simple is to build your own wooden fishing rod. Spend an afternoon fashioning your new pole, or take advantage of this fun activity to teach a child how to enjoy this laid-back sport.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 8- to 10-foot pole of flexible wood, preferably bamboo
  • Fishing line
  • Knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood varnish
  • Paintbrush
  • Fishing hook
  • Split shot weight
Step 1
Dry out your rod if you found the wood in a natural setting. Place the rod in a shady area and let it dry; keep it out of the sun so it doesn't bend.
Step 2
Prepare the wood by sanding out any rough spots. Bamboo only needs fine-grit sandpaper, whereas you need to use heavy-grit sandpaper and work down to fine-grit on most other wood.
Step 3
Cut a V-shaped notch 3/4 inch from the top end of your fishing pole where the fishing line will be attached.
Step 4
Clean off any dust from the pole and then apply two to three coats of varnish to increase the longevity of its life.
Step 5
Trim the pole to your desired length, removing any excess from the wide, bottom end of the pole.
Step 6
Attach the fishing line to the tip of the pole, ensuring that the line is resting in the V-shaped notch so it won't slip up and down your pole.
Step 7
Cut the fishing line so that it is 12 to 15 feet in length. The longer the line is, the farther out and deeper you will be able to place your hook; if it is too long then you will experience difficulty while casting.
Step 8
Tie the hook onto the end of the line using a clinch knot, then place a split shot weight above the hook.

Tips & Warnings

Store your finished pole out of the weather as it can become easily bent.
Homemade wooden poles are best used when fishing from a bank and when catching fish no bigger than trout.
Sliding a fishing marshmallow above the hook can help keep the hook floating above the bottom of the water and out of the mud.
Common kinds of bait, such as night crawlers and store-bought power bait, are effective ways to attract fish.

Article Written By Jacob Hendriks

Jacob Hendriks' work has appeared in "The Western Front," "The Planet Magazine" and He graduated from Western Washington University with a major in international business management and a minor in Community Health. Hendriks' passion for sports nutrition and fitness, combined with experience as a personal trainer, has led him to pursue health-oriented journalism.

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