‘Fishing is much more than Fish’(DIY Fishing Rod Holder)

Well, it is indeed a well-said quote, sitting at the shore, holding the fishing rode is another scenic view. But, before getting to that point, is your fishing rod holder strong enough?

We are certain you must be confident about the rod holder, after all, buying a rod holder might cost a fortune, but, how about creating one?

Intrigued to know?

Building a cheap fishing rod holder is not only a great way to organize your rods but also to keep them clean and straight. 

And, this article is for all the anglers out there who wish to create a perfect holder for their rod. Below we have listed a step-by-step guide to creating top-notch fishing rod holders at home.

So, are you ready? Then, let’s begin!

How to make a fishing rod holder?

Building a DIY fishing rod holder for storage expands the life expectancy of the product. So, if you are planning to make one, you will first need to grab some supplies.

Supplies List – Tools and Accessories

  • Table saw (or circular saw)
  • Drill
  • Forstner, a hole saw, or wood-boring bit
  • Kreg Jig or other pocket hole system
  • Eye protection
  • Ear protection
  • Dust mask
  • Edge Glued Panel project boards 3/4 x 12 x 36″ (or 3/4″ plywood cut to size)
  • Storage boxes and shelves
  • Edge Glued Panel project board (size: 3/4 x 16 x 48″ )
  • 2″ Castors
  • A small box of 1.25″ pocket hole screws
  • Wood glue
  • Stain (or paiN)


Step 1: Make Your Cuts

Firstly, you will need two 12” x 36” panels for the sides and two 16” x 24” panels for the top and bottom. You can either use plywood or project panel boards.

Quick Tip: If you are not that great at cutting, you can give the plywood to a hardware store to make cuts.

Step 2: Cut Your Dados

You can make your dados with a table saw. If you have a router that is a 1/2 straight edge bit, it will be a perfect option as well. Make sure to cut the dados in the panels that create the sides of your fishing rod holder. Mostly, these are made to hold storage boxes and shelves in one place.

Time for some customization!

DIY Fishing Rod Holder
DIY Fishing Rod Holder

You can customize your unit as per your wish! So, decide which shelves or boxes will work well as per the needs of your fishing rod holder.

Now, mark the sides of the unit carefully where you want to place them. You can create two shelves and two boxes to hold plastic compartments.

If you have plenty of places at the bottom, you can store bait and tackle boxes. Also, if you have more gear, then you can increase the shelves and storage boxes.

Afterwards, measure and mark both side panels and make sure they mirror each other.

Time to cut those dados!

Now, cut the lines you marked with your table saw, and little by little, try to nudge your fence. Don’t stop until you have cut 1/2” dado into the board. Then, repeat the process for each mark!

Once it’s done, clean out each dado with a wood chisel. It should be done to ensure that the storage box and shelves slide in and out effortlessly.

Step 3: Drill The Holes For Your Fishing Rods

The fishing rod holder we are making can hold nine rods. If you need more storage, then you can add more holes to the sides.

Size recommendation: We would recommend you drill a hole of 1.5” on the sides, and each hole should be approximately 5.5” from each other.

Check points: Double-check that each top and the bottom holes in the panels mirror each other, or else your fishing rods won’t stand straight. In the bottom panel, make sure not to drill to the bottom.

Drill holes just enough to hold the bottom and the top of the rod. Once this work is done on the top panel, cut slots into 1/4″ into each side of the holes. It will give space for the rod to slide into the hole.

Step 4: Assemble The Frame

If you want enough space for the storage boxes and shelves, make sure the sides of the frame are exactly 16″. Mark the exact center on the top and bottom panels and measure out 8” towards the left side and 8” towards the right. 

Check point: Double-check the inside edge of the side panels touches the marks you have drawn. 

See whether the side panels flush with the front of the unit. Then, use wood glue to stick the sides to the bottom and top.

Step 5: Add Braces For Stability

For extra stability, you can cut two panels of 16” each and attach one to the bottom on the back of the frame and one to the top. If you do add braces, it will definitely give extra stability.

Step 6: Customize Your DIY Fishing Rod Holder

We suggest you add castors to the bottom for easy mobility. Once you have added them, then you can sand and paint or stain your DIY work as per your needs.

Wasn’t it easy and simple?

But, you know what, we know creativity has no limits and so why to take a pause now? 


DIY Fishing Rod Holder
DIY Fishing Rod Holder

Below we have listed some of them:

1. DIY PVC Fishing Rod Holder

Creating new stuff means living your life to the fullest! But building something that ends up taking so much space can be very annoying.

Are you looking up on the internet, “How do you make a PVC fishing rod holder?”

Want to make a DIY Fishing Rod Holder For your Garage that takes less space?

Then, you will find your answers here!

You will need brass cup hooks, PVC end pipes, and PVC pipes to create an amazing fish rod holder. The steps are easy to follow, and one can make as many fishing rod holders for the garage as they want.

The entire DIY project will cost less than $10.

Isn’t it money-saving?

2. Home Made Fishing Pole Holder

You can create an impressive fishing rod just from wood and store as many rods as you want.

And don’t worry, this DIY project won’t take up much space either!

All you need is a 12-footer 2 x 6 and 8 footer 2 x 4 straight wood.

To get the right base, make sure to follow the steps for the dimensions carefully to build a Homemade Fishing Rod Stand.

Fascinating process? We understand, to become a pro, you need to know more and so we have got your back!


DIY Fishing Rod Holder
DIY Fishing Rod Holder

1. What is the best way to store fishing rods?

To keep your fishing rods in a good shape and upright, store them inside a storage unit with climate control which will protect your rods from wearing out. Avoid placing the rods on the floor, leaning against each other, or at an angle against the wall.

We assure you that, if the rods are cleaned and stored properly, they will remain good in shape for a long time.

If you are going outside a fishing rod carrier is a must. You can store fishing reels, fishing rods, and other fishing tackles in the compartments of this durable and water-resistant carrier.

2. Is it cheaper to build your own fishing rod?

Yes, you are absolutely right! Fishing rod building could be time-consuming but more fun, satisfying, and cheaper than buying a fishing rod from a store.

3. Is it bad to store fishing rods horizontally?

Whether you keep your fishing rods vertically or horizontally, make sure your line does not get pulled too tightly because it can cause pressure on both the line and the rod.

It is not bad to store rods horizontally, but while doing so avoid supporting them improperly is not good for the rod. It is better to support their entire length.


Fishing rods take a lot of space in the garage or home, but now you can store them systematically by creating a fishing rod holder. It might take a few days, but once your DIY project is done, your hard work will pay off.

We hope this fishing rod holder article was informative and you enjoyed your stay! Feel free to share this read with your close ones.



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