Fishing rods are built to be strong and flexible when catching fish, but when transported or stored they can be damaged easily. Proper storage of fishing rods is important to maintain their integrity. When properly stored and transported, fishing rods can last a lifetime. There is a large variety of ready-made storage racks available and they can also be made easily at home.
When storing fishing rods at home, place them inside where they will not be subject to temperature fluctuations. They are easily stored vertically or horizontally on walls using homemade hangers or store-bought rod racks. Many anglers simply use two long nails partially nailed in at about 4-foot span to place the rod on. This is a cheap and easy way to store rods on a wall. A vertical rack can be made by attaching short lengths of 2-inch PVC pipes to a board. The handles of the rods are placed into the PVC pipes and the rods are held in place vertically.
Storing a fishing rod in a vehicle is not recommended due to the constant movement and vibration. If you must store a rod in your vehicle, it is advised that you take the rod apart if it is a multiple-section rod. Place the rod on a soft surface and secure it from moving. It is important that you make sure no heavy objects come into contact with the rod or tip as it could break or crack.
Boats often come with built-in rod storage that will keep the rods separated and securely in place so they don't bang into anything. If your boat does not have built-in storage, it is easy to build your own or buy a ready-made system. Rod storage systems usually install in the walls of the boat or in the floor depending on size and type. It is best to buy storage systems that hold both the handle and tip of the pole, preventing the end from hitting another pole or object.
Article Written By Matthew Knight
Based in Southwestern Michigan, Matthew Knight has been writing outdoor and technology articles since 2008. His articles appear on various websites. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer information systems from Western Michigan University.