How to Make A Fishing Rod?
The cost of the fishing rods is troublesome of some anglers, especially for the beginners. Most of the excellent fishing rods are expensive, and there is always a fear of losing them. The most cost-effective solution to this issue is to build your fishing rod. You can quickly build a homemade fishing rod from PVC pipes and bamboo cane. Other than the cost factor, many anglers love the activity of crafting their customized fishing rods according to their ideal length and preferred material.
Follow the below step-to-step guide to get a clear idea on how to build your fishing rod in a much reasonable budget. You can be better at fishing by learning a few tips and also by your own experience. If you follow these fishing rod building instructions, you will end up making the best fishing rod.
Making Fishing Rod From A Bamboo
Making a fishing rod out of bamboo can get a very hectic and lengthy process. The whole fishing rod making process is time-consuming and requires a lot of your patience. You need to spend nearly 65 hours of the continuous effort to get the procedure done. It involves a lot of work. There are many complicated steps involved like carving, burning, gluing. It includes lots of tiny details. So, if you are thinking that just cutting a piece of bamboo will do the magic for you, you are nor right. Let’s go through the following steps to get a clear idea on how to make the bamboo fishing rod in a few simple steps. This guide aims to give you an insight into the whole process of making a fishing rod out of bamboo.
Materials you will need
You need to have the following rod building supplies before you begin:
- Measuring tape
- Electrical tape
- Two lengths of string
- Hammer or brick (or any other object which acts as a weight but should be heavy)
- Monofilament line
- Get a good piece of bamboo. The length should be at least 10 feet. Don’t forget to use a measuring tape to measure the exact size of the bamboo before you start cutting it. Trim off the leaves. The tip of the pole should be around one-quarter inch, and the butt end should be 1-2 inch in diameter. Cut through the broader end at the bottom of a joint.
- Once you have cut the bamboo, take it to a dry setting. Tie one end of the wire to the tip of the rod and the other end to a higher position like a ceiling. Attach the second end of the line to the hammer which acts as a weight to keep the pole straight.
- Place the pole for several days in warm weather to thoroughly dry it. You can also place it in damp conditions for many weeks. Once the pole is dried, remove the strings. Upon drying completely, the pole will turn into a tan color.
- To smoothen the rough edges, use sandpaper. It increases the durability as well.
- Next, attach a monofilament line about 14 to 18 inches to end of the pole. Tie a knot to secure the wire.
- Use electrical tape to secure the line to the pole. Cover the tip of the rod with the wire by wrapping it around several times and then fix it using the tape. This way, you can fully secure the line and avoid losing your fish.
- Attach the bobber on the line. The bobber should be about 14-18 inches from the end.
The length of the line should be around 14-18 feet from top to bottom.
Fishing Rod by Using PVC
Materials you will need
- 2 PVC pipes
- Slid cap
- Drill machine
- Binder clips
- Take the PVC pipes and cut them using a saw. There are no restrictions of the length so you can keep it as you desire.
- Smooth the edges using sandpaper and erase markings on the pipe if any.
- Take two slip caps each having a fitting of 1.3 cm and 1.9 cm respectively. You can obtain these fittings from any store at a very low price.
- Attach each of these fittings with the pipes but do not use any adhesive to fix it into place. You may need to remove it later on.
- Now using a drill machine, make 5-7 holes on the 1.3 cm PVC pipe. These holes will keep on increasing with the length of your PVC pipe. A longer pipe means more holes. Make sure that these holes are at a regular distance from each other.
- According to the width of the holes, you just made, take several binder clips (can be medium sized or matching the diameter of holes).
- Remove the silver wire from the binder clips. Bend one end of the silver wire across the other. It will make a closed ring on one end of the line. The legs should point inwardly towards each other on the other end of the legs. Repeat this process with all the wires you have.
- Now, to form an eyelet, hold a wire and clips the legs into the holes on both the sides of the 1.3 cm pipe.
- Take a fishing reel and fix it to the 1.9 cm PVC pipe. For this purpose, drill two holes and bolt the fishing reel into place.
- The final step is to attach both the pieces of PVC pipe and complete your fishing rod by running the fishing line through the orifices.
- Lastly, attach a bobber to the end of the line.
The attractive and useful aspect of this PVC fishing rod is that you can detach the slip caps from both the ends and store baits, tackle, lures or absolutely anything you want in it. It serves as a tackle box and a rod at the same time.