How Do I Make a Custom Fishing Pole?

How Do I Make a Custom Fishing Pole?
A trip to the local sporting goods store or tackle shop will typically reveal a wide variety of fishing poles designed for general use, as well as specific fish species or situations. However, a pole does not always have to be elaborate or especially expensive. A simple and easy-to-use fishing pole capable of catching a wide range of fish, especially from the bank or shoreline, can be made using basic components.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bamboo pole
  • Fine-tooth saw
  • Knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Monofilament fishing line
Step 1
Purchase a length of bamboo from a garden, home or hobby store. Choose a length of at least 8 to 9 feet. Test the bamboo length for flexibility in the tip and look for any damage or splits along the length.
Step 2
Remove any damaged areas from the tip of the bamboo pole with a fine-tooth saw. Determine the overall length. Locate a dividing point in the bamboo that separates the chambers and provides the desired length for the pole. Cut the bamboo below the chosen section so the dividing point provides a closed end for the pole.
Step 3
Trim any rough areas along the length of the pole with a knife. Sand the bottom, tip and dividing points smooth with fine-grit sandpaper.
Step 4
Make a V-shaped notch 2 inches from the tip of the bamboo pole with a knife. Cut the V-notch deep enough to form an indentation while not weakening the pole.
Step 5
Cut a length of monofilament fishing line that is 1 1/2 times the length of the pole. Cut a length, for example, that is 12 feet long if you are making an 8-foot pole. Wrap one end of the line around the pole so it rests in the indentation and attach it with a uni knot. Wrap 4 feet of line around the pole and secure it with electrical tape.

Tips & Warnings

Keep the 4 foot length of line wrapped around the tip of the pole unless it is needed. Remove the tape and unwind the line for additional length.

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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