How To Make Your Own Fishing Rod Storage

Normally, people tend to use different fishing rods for different purposes. For example, fly rod for flying fishing, saltwater rod for saltwater fishing, or spinning rod when you use spinner baits. After two years of fishing, I ended up having a lot of rods which I stored them in my house and my garage. Then I found out that I needed to have a specific place where I keep all of my rods. Hence, I started to think about fishing rod storage.

Fishing rod storage is definitely what you need when you own a plenty number of rods. It helps you to organize all of your fishing rods, and then you would take less time to find one you need. Besides, it would be much easier for you to access as well as taking them out for cleaning and maintaining.

There are two main options for you when it comes to fishing rod storage (or rod rack). Let’s me discuss two options and tell you why I prefer building a fishing rod rack on my own.

What it the deal about store-bought fishing rod storage?

There are a lot of models and types of rod racks you can easily find on the market. They come in a huge range of selection including vertical rack and rolling racks. These types of fishing rod racks are suitable to store the fishing rods of short to medium length. If you have a long fishing rod, you should opt for horizontal rack instead.

If you have a long fishing rod, you should opt for horizontal rack instead

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The main drawback of these ready-made rod racks is that you can only store limited numbers of rods. If you want to have more space to store more fishing rods, you need to buy more racks. Over time, you end up spending more and more money.

This is the reason to explain why having store-bought rod storage is not my thing. I like to buy a new fishing rod to adapt to different types of fishing and over time, I am sure to have more and more fishing rods. Then I decide to build a fishing rod rack.

Is it easy to make my fishing rod storage?

The main point that might discourage many anglers from making their rod rack is how hard to do it. However, you can do it quite easily using the only simple hand tool. You can buy all you need to build the rank in a local shop.

Not to mention that it only takes you up to 1 hour and a half to build – as long as there is nothing interrupts you in the middle of the process.

Finally, it is also quite easy to find a place for your fishing rod rack. You can mount the rack onto the basement ceiling or under a deck. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about the lengths of your fishing rods at all.

If you don’t trust me, scroll down to read the detailed steps on how to build a versatile and functional fishing rack.

Here is what you need to build your fishing rod storage:


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The tools you need include a pencil, a pair of scissors, a tape measure, a ruler, a cordless drill, a handsaw, a hammer, and sandpaper.

The materials you need to have are 14 wood screws, two pieces of SPF studs, and 48 Pipe J hook. The wood screws should be 4 inches. The suggested dimensions of the studs are a 2x3x8 foot. You can also use 2×4 stubs but it would be heavier and harder for you to mount on the ceiling. The pipe J hooks should be 1.5 inches in diameter.

You can also use Rubber Foam Weather Stripping Tape to increase the durability and cushioning of the hooks on the rack. You can use both white and black color, whatever you desire.

The step by step guide on how to build a fishing rod rack:

Step 1: Draw Where To Install The Hooks On The Studs

First of all, mark on the wood stud where you would install the hooks. You should install them in the 3-inch side of the studs. Use the tape measure to measure every 8 inches on the stud and mark the point with a pencil. Also draw a line on these points with a ruler as well.

Step 2: Cut The Hooks

If you can have nails on some hooks, you should remove all of them and put them aside for later use. Measure about 3 inches and a half from the top of a J hook and mark it with a pencil.

Use a handsaw or a hacksaw to cut the hook by the point you have marked previously. Repeat the same step for all of the hooks you have in hand.

In case you use a hacksaw, make sure that the blade is suitable for cutting plastic. Otherwise, you might cause damage to the saw.

Cut The Hooks

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Step 3: Attach The Hooks On The Studs

After cutting the hooks, you can use them to attach to the studs. When you install the hooks onto the studs, make sure you attach the cut end onto them, and the left side of the hooks point towards the left end of the studs as well.

When you position the hooks properly, drill a hole into the stud and then use the nail to secure the hook to the studs.

Continue to do so with all of the hooks along the stud. Make sure that you install each hook 8 inches apart from others. You don’t need to drill any pilot holes when you install the hooks in the center of the studs. Nevertheless, you need to drill two pilot holes when you reach both of the further ends of the stud. This would help to secure the studs and prevent the woods from breaking.

Step 4: Build A Matching Studs

Use the other stud and repeat the first three steps with this one. In the end, you will have two studs that look the same with the hooks which lay in the exact positions.

Step 5: Cushion The Hooks

If you decide not to cushion the hook with the Foam Weather Stripping Tape, you can skip this step.

Use the tape and cut it into smaller one, about 3 to 4-inch strips. Use the sandpaper to sand the areas around the hooks. Doing so will help the strips to attach better to the hooks.

Build A Matching Studs

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Then apply the Velcro strips inside all of the J hooks.

Step 6: Install The Rack

Finally, now you can mount the complete rack onto your ceiling.

As you can see, it is not so hard at all to build a rod rack to store for at least 20 rods. And you don’t have to care about the length of these rods at all. Not to mention that you can adjust the racks to store more rods in the future. I hope that you find my guide easy to follow and successfully make your fishing rod rack.