Two reasons come to mind why you might want to make your own fishing rod. For casual, non-professional fishers, buying a new fishing rod might not make financial sense. So it might be cost-effective to make your own.
Another reason you might want to go the DIY route is for emergency fishing. Imagine a going on a camping trip or hike; you come across a body of water you are sure is filled to the brim with fish. The temptation to catch a few might be too much.
So with the little money in your wallet, you can just head into the nearest town, look for the hardware store and buy the few things needed to make a fishing rod.
Below are a couple of ways to make a fishing rod using two different materials. First, though you need to have the following materials ready:
- Duct tape
- Good monofilament nylon fishing line
- Sharp knife (any type of knife would be suitable)
How to make a fishing rod with bamboo
For centuries, bamboo sticks have been used to make fishing rods. If you have access to it and also the time, you can make an awesome fishing rod with it. The downside is the time it takes to make it. But for light casual fishing, a decent fishing pole can be made in less than 24 hours.
- Get a piece of bamboo cane at least 7 feet in length. Make sure the bamboo stick feels comfortable when you hold it. If the diameter is too large, it would be unwieldy to handle while fishing.
- Use the knife to trim the bamboo cane of any leaves or nubs along its length.
- Use the Sandpaper to smoothen the bamboo. Run the Sandpaper as many times as possible until you achieve the desired smoothness.
- A low the bamboo cane to dry. This can take anywhere from a few hours to several weeks. It depends on how fresh the bamboo stick is.
It is best to dry it indoors as sunlight would dry it too quickly making it brittle and easy to break. Since you need your pole to be straight, attach a string to both ends of the stick and suspend it from the roof of your garage or cellar and leave it to dry.
You would know it is dry enough when the color turns brownish.
- Tie the nylon fishing line to the base (the thicker end of the bamboo pole); run the line along the length of the pole until you get to end.
Use the duct tape to secure the line to the bamboo pole in at least three points along the length of your pole.
- You can now attach your hook to the end of the line along with the sinker and float. The float should, of course, be attached at the appropriate distance from the hook. Any distance between 6 and 12 would do just fine.
- You can wrap additional duct tape to the bottom of your new fishing rod to serve as your handle.
Making a fishing rod with a stick
This takes less time than using a bamboo stick. You can make a decent fishing rod with a stick and in just a few hours you would be ready to snag a live fish.
- Get a sturdy stick you are sure won’t break easily. As in the case of the bamboo, it should be at least 8 feet long. If you are cutting the stick from a tree, make sure you look for a branch that is as straight as possible.
- Use the knife to remove any leaves and the bark. Then, use the Sandpaper to smoothen the stick.
- If the stick is sturdy enough, you won’t have to dry it. But note that you can use this for only small to mid-size fish.
- Tie one end of your monofilament fishing line to the base of the stick. Then run the line along the stick right up to the end of the stick.
Wrap the duct tape around the stick attaching the fishing line to it. Do this at least 3 times along the length of the pole.
Then, extend the fishing line to about 10 feet from the end of the stick.
- Attach your hook, sinker, and float securely to the fishing line. As in the case above, make sure the float is about 6-12 inches from the hook. Now you are ready to fish with your homemade fishing rod.