Fishing is a popular hobby. In fact, according to Statista, roughly 55 million Americans participated in fishing activities in 2020. If you partake in this hobby, you might be facing the challenge of how to store your fishing rods neatly.
Storing Your Rods
One of the best places to store your fishing poles is in your garage. A fishing rod holder for your garage is a safe way to store your fishing rods, and they will also be conveniently out of your way – but still within reach and all kept together.
Continue reading for tips and tricks to help you find the perfect, neat fishing rod storage system for your garage.
Options for Fishing Rod Holder for Garage
There are many possible ways to store your fishing rods. You can find fishing equipment organizers and storage products at department stores or sporting goods stores worldwide. Some available product style options include:
- A self-standing, rounded, rotating wooden piece in which fishing pole handles are placed into the bottom while a supporting rack system catches and secures the middle and end of the rod.
- A long backpack-style bag that secures rods and other fishing equipment can be used in various ways. For instance, it can be stored a garage shelf, on the floor, or hung on the wall.
- A metal or plastic, rectangular standing storage piece in which the handles go into the base and a supporting system secures the rod in the center.
- Wall racks with two long metal, wooden, or plastic pieces vertically mounted parallel on a wall. The handles go into one of the parallel pieces, and the poles run horizontally to the other rod-securing piece.
- Wall racks with two long metal, wooden, or plastic pieces horizontally mounted parallel on a wall. The handles go down into the bottom parallel piece, and the poles stand above the upper rod-securing piece.
- A portable case made with heavy-duty material fabric.
It’s great to have the option of purchasing a fishing pole storage system for your garage. But, these products can be costly. They seem to range from $20 to $100 on average. Consider creating a DIY fishing rod holder to save some money – you can even add your own personal touches to your storage system.
DIY Fishing Rod Holder
It can be simple to make a fishing rod holder. You can use any of the above available product styles to guide your DIY project. You can also use inexpensive, common household items to have your fishing rods organized and safely stored in no time.
Creating Your Own DIY Rod Holder
You can create a safe and organized space for your fishing poles pretty easily. Click here to watch a video about a simple, low-cost DIY rod holder you might want to try. Below is a step-by-step outline to help you get the job done.
- A 2×4 of your choice in length
- A 1×2
- Contractor glue
- A hole saw or paddle bit for your household drill
- 1 or 2 pool noodles (preferably the thicker ones)
- Razorblade or sharp knife
- Cut your 2×4 to the desired length of your DIY fishing rod holder wall mount. This piece will run along the bottom of your designated wall storage space.
- Use your hole saw or paddle bit to drill handle holders in your 2×4. The holes should be large enough to house your pole handles. Drill the holes approximately 4 inches apart (measuring from the center points).
- Secure the 2×4 to the desired location on your garage wall. You can use screws and contractor glue for this step.
- Cut your 1×2 to match the length of your 2×4.
- Screw your 1×2 to the underside of the 2×4. This piece will keep the fishing rod handles from sliding through the holes in the 2×4.
- Cut a straight line down the length of your pool noodle, using your razor blade or sharp knife, to match the length of your base (your 2×4).
- Secure your pool noodle to the wall using screws and washers. The pool noodle should be placed approximately 3 feet above and parallel to your base.
- Cut a slit in the pool noodle directly above the center of each hole in the base. These slits will be used to secure your poles in an upright position against your wall.
You can personalize this DIY rod holder by choosing the pool noodle color of your choice and painting or decorating the base. You can create this entire project for under $20. However, it’s an ideal choice because most people already have the materials lying around just waiting to be used, reused, or recycled.
Related article: How to transport your fishing rods in a truck
Why Should You Worry About Where to Store Your Rods?
As a beginner fisherman or fisherwoman, fishing rod storage may not cross your mind. However, storage space is likely to become an issue once you get hooked on the sport (pun intended).
Protecting Your Equipment
You probably want to protect your fishing equipment no matter how often you like to enjoy the activity. The garage is a perfect storage place to keep your poles safe, out of the weather, and out of the way.
Imagine this: you wake up an hour early for work because you want to spend some time fishing before your 8-hour shift. So, you wipe your eyes, pull on your fishing attire, pour a cup of coffee, and head to the garage for your rods, but you can’t remember where you put them.
Wouldn’t it be nicer if you didn’t have to deal with all that aggravation, especially if you’re in a time crunch? Decluttering helps keep everything organized so you know right where to find your fishing gear.
Easy as 1 Fish, 2 Fish
Organizing your rods in your garage can be an easy-peasy task that saves you time, money, and hassle. Consider taking a moment to plan and implement the storage system of your choice to make your life easier.
Updated: June 6, 2022