How to Make a Truck Bed Fishing Rod Holder

How to Make a Truck Bed Fishing Rod Holder
Laying your fishing rods in the back of the truck for transport is fine in some cases, but not always a good idea. If you are hauling other things in the bed of the truck, the rods might get scratched up, or worse. For this reason, installing a fishing rod holder is a good investment to keep your rods in top condition. You can make a rod holder out of a few basic supplies from your local home improvement store.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler or straight-edge
  • 2-by-6 board
  • PVC pipe, 1-1/2 inch diameter
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Right angle
  • Drill
  • Metal drill bit
  • Wood drill bit
  • Wood screws
  • Machine metal screws
  • Pipe clamps
Step 1
Cut the board to about 2 or 3 feet in length, depending on how many rods you need to transport. Cut the pipe into 10-inch lengths. Sand the cut pipe to remove any rough edges.
Step 2
Use a measuring tape to mark off the board 2 inches in from the long sides. Make the mark in two places on each side. Place a ruler on the board so that it touches the two marks on one side of the board, draw a straight line down the length of the board. Do the same for the marks on the other side. This will be the line you follow when attaching the pipe clamps so that they are even.
Step 3
Lay the board down so that the length of the board is left to right. The lines you drew should also be running left to right. Place clamps on the top line and space them out as much as you want. Use a pencil to mark the screw holes in the clamps and then take the clamps off the board.
Step 4
Place a right angle on the board so that one edge is parallel with the length of the board and one edge is running across the board. Move the right angle so that it is next to one of the marks you made in Step 3. Draw a line from that mark down until it intersects with the bottom line. Do this with each of the marks that are on the top line. The bottom intersecting lines are the marks for the clamps on the bottom line. The clamps on the top and bottom lines will align correctly and the rods will stand up straight.
Step 5
Drill pilot holes in the wood where the marks are located. Use a drill bit that is smaller than the screws you will use.
Step 6
Position the pipes on the board so that the bottoms of the pipes are 2 inches below the bottom of the board. Place the pipes between the holes made for the clamps. Set the clamps in place over top of the pipes.
Step 7
Drill the screws into the clamp holes.
Step 8
Drill six pilot holes into the board so you can attach it to the truck. Drill one in each corner, one in the top center and one in the bottom center.
Step 9
Locate the area of the truck bed where you want to attach the rod holder. The wall of the truck bed, up against the back window, is a preferred location. Place the board against the truck bed wall and ensure it is level. Use a small metal drill bit to run through the rod holder pilot hole in one of the top corners and into the bed of the truck. Once done, drill a screw into the same hole. Level the board, and repeat the process with each of the other pilot holes.

Tips & Warnings

If you can get your hand between the bed and cab of the truck, you could use bolts instead of screws to attach the holder to the truck bed. This will make the rack even more secure, but you need to be able to get you hand in the crack between the bed and the cab to tighten the bolt nut. Hold the rod holder up to the truck bed location and mark the location of holes where the bolts will go. Drill holes large enough for the bolts in the truck bed. You will also drill larger holes in the rod holder, instead of pilot holes.


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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