Building a Fish Pole

Building a Fish Pole
Fishing poles are sold in a wide variety of stores, including sporting goods stores, grocery stores and even some gas stations in regions where fishing is popular. A good pole can cost well over $100, but instead of purchasing one, you can make a homemade fishing pole yourself for a reasonable price. A homemade pole has more meaning and personality to it because it was designed and built by the fisherman using it.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bamboo pole Wood rasp Fishing line Hook Bobber
  • Bamboo pole
  • Wood rasp
  • Fishing line
  • Hook
  • Bobber
Step 1
Select a bamboo pole 10 to 12 feet in length. Diameter is not vital, but should be 3/8 inch or larger.
Step 2
Using a wood rasp, create a shallow groove, just deep enough to hold a fishing line, around the entire circumference of the bamboo pole ½ inch from the end. This will be where your line will attach.
Step 3
Tie the line into the groove you have just made and tie it off. If the line slips easily, untie it and make the groove deeper.
Step 4
Measure the fishing line and cut it so it is the length of the pole. You can make this longer or slightly shorter based on preference.
Step 5
Tie the hook on the end of the fishing line. Choose a hook based on what you plan to use it for. Barbless hooks should be used for catch and release fishing, while a barbed hook is suitable for dinner fishing.
Step 6
Attach a plastic bobber 2 feet from the hook to allow it to sink better. Then bait the hook with whatever you typically use.

Tips & Warnings

You may also choose to finish your pole by lightly sanding it with 400-grit paper and applying several coats of varnish.
Always be careful and use gloves when working with hooks.

Article Written By Justin Chen

Justin Chen is a freelance writer and photographer with 6 years of professional experience in outdoor activities, extreme sports, travel and marketing topics. His professional work experience includes publication with KOMO 4 News Seattle, Fisher Interactive Network, and Demand Studios. He is a current Pre-Med student at Walla Walla University.

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