How To Make Fishing Gaff – Different Gaffs With Different Styles

Gaff Is An Important Equipment

Who doesn’t enjoy fishing? Whether it is for a party or a good weekend, fishing is always the best choice. However, good fishing is an art. It depends upon two primary elements. One crucial factor is excellent fishing skills. You can either buy expensive materials from the market. As we know the fishing does cost so much in starting especially. Which requires a big chunk of your bank balance. Or you can act wisely and make that equipment yourself. This is an even better idea. As you don’t have to spend any cash. Also, you can design your stuff the way you prefer. You should know how to make fishing gaff and other small important types of equipment for saving your fishing cost.

The other factor, even more, important, is proper fishing equipment. Yes, you heard it right. Without adequate fishing equipment, your skills go in vain. Now there are two ways to get appropriate gear. One of the most basic fishing equipment is a fishing gaff. It is the most common material used in fishing worldwide. We shall guide you on how to design a good, affordable fishing gaff. For all those who are not aware of what fishing gaff is. Let us take you to a tour.

Fishing Gaff

A fishing gaff is a stick with a sharp, piercing hook at its top end. Its usage is to spear and grab a large fish to the boat. It usually is difficult for the fishers to pull a massive fish to the boat. As a fishing rod is not strong enough to hold its weight. That is where fishing gaff comes in. We need to stab the fish with the gaff. The razor-sharp hook at its end gets stuck in its body. Now we can easily pull the fish towards the boat or shore. Fishing gaff is a standard fishing tool used to catch large, heavy fish.

Make A Bamboo Fishing Gaff

bamboo fishing gaff

Materials required

  1. Bamboo stick
  2. Measuring tape
  3. Hook
  4. Saw

Step 1: To start with, get yourself a good sturdy piece of bamboo. The best choice for this is Calcutta bamboo. It is the most ideal due to its durability and strength. On average its length should be 9-10 feet. Use a measuring tape to get the exact dimensions before you start cutting.

Step 2: Make sure to trim off all the leaves on the stick. Also, note that the pole must completely straight and not bend.

Step 3: The next step is selecting the hook. Keep in mind the kind of fish you wish to hunt while selecting. A hook too small will be ineffective for large fish. While a needlessly large hook could damage meat on fish, make sure to chose a medium sized hook for dual purpose.

Step 4: Now, we need to drill a hole on bamboo to accommodate the hook.  Place the hook on the upper-top end of the stick. Cut a short piece of your bamboo from either side which has the more width. Drill a hole that perfectly matches the width of the hook. Place the hook inside the stick. Make sure it is stuck well to balance evenly.

Step 5: Get a substantial piece of string, preferably tuna cord. Hold the hook tightly. Start wrapping the hook in a spiral formation around the stick. Wrap it for about an inch or so before tying a final knot.

Congratulations. You have yourself a beautiful homemade bamboo fishing gaff. Make sure to hunt well.

Homemade Ice Fishing Gaff

Ice fishinggaff

Required materials

  1. Brass rod
  2. Wooden dowel rod
  3. Hook
  4. Glue
  5. Duct tape

Step 1: When dealing with ice fishing, make sure to have an extra stiff rod. Preferably a brass rod can do the job. Arrange yourself a 7-8 feet long brass rod.

Step 2: The wooden dowel rod acts as a valuable assistant. It provides extra strength and balances to the brass rod. Insert the wooden rod in the brass rod at one end.

Step 3: On the other end of the brass rod, insert the hook. Use super glue or epoxy to hold the hook balanced.

Step 4: After inserting the wooden rod, use duct tape around the end where the wooden rod is. The duct tape provides an extra grip when holding the handle. If you have an old tennis racket, use its rubber grip instead of the duct tape.

Your ice fishing gaff is ready!

Make A Hawaiian Spear Gaff

Hawaiin Spear Gaff

Materials required

  1. Wooden Dowel
  2. Threaded rod
  3. A long bolt or sharp piece of metal

Step 1: A wooden dowel will act as a handle to provide excellent grip. You can either get an oak dowel or carve one out of a broom or ax handle. Wrap duct tape around the handle for extra grip. Make sure to choose a handle that fits your hands perfectly.

Step 2: Choosing a thread is relatively important. A stainless steel thread would be perfect. But you can arrange any other strong thread for this purpose. Its ideal length should be around 12”.

Step 3: Drill a hole in the perfect center of the handle. This process can be a bit hectic for hand drilling. You could use a drill press to drill the hole. The hole should be ideally of 3/8″.

Step 4: Now, the next step is the most essential. The piece of metal or the bolt we have will act as a spear. Make sure to weld it to the proper size. Also, it must have a sharp tip strong enough to pierce through the meat.

Step 5: Fix the spear to the handle.  Insert the spear in the hole drilled on the handle. Before inserting the spear, apply epoxy or glue to the hole. Insert and leave the spear in the gap for about 15-20 minutes.

Make A Sliding Gaff

Slide fishing gaff

Materials required

  1. Standard fishing thread
  2. T-plates
  3. Empty plastic bottle
  4. Three small-sized fishing hooks
  5. Bolts

Step 1: Cut an empty plastic bottle both from top and bottom.

Step 2: Attach three T-plates to the bottle. Make two holes in bottle for each T-plate. Use screws to attach the bottle and T-plates.

Step 3: Now fasten the hooks to each T-plate using bolts as depicted in the below picture. Lastly, attach the thread to the bottom of the bottle.

Make A Flying Gaff

Fly fishing gaff

A flying gaff is a uniquely designed gaff used to secure large fish. It comes with only a cord and does not needs a rod. It is rather easy to make. You need to go to a store and purchase only the following two materials:

  1. A hook with an attachable base
  2. Tarred or tuna cord (18”)
  • Your hook’s length should be one-third of the expected fish’s width.
  • Attach the cord with the base of the hook. Make sure to tie the wire tightly. Don’t forget to sharpen the hook before using it.

Custom Fishing Gaff

kayak fishing gaff

Required materials

  1. Rod Blank
  2. Tuna or tarred cord
  3. Metal hook(3 inches)
  4. Epoxy or super glue

Step 1: Use a marker to highlight the spot on the rod to drill the hole. Measure the width of the hook.

Step 2: Carve out a hole on the rod of exact width as the hook. Drill the hook to the rod just enough to accommodate the hook evenly. Don’t forget to fill the hole with epoxy or super glue.

Step 3: Next, start wrapping it from the top. Wrap it 5 to 6 times and tighten it thoroughly. Make sure there are no spaces or gaps left behind After every wrap apply just a bit of glue to the cord for extra durability.

Step 4: Leave your gaff for almost 3 hours for the glue to settle. You can additionally add a grip to your handle. Apply some spray paint to make it look good.

Fishing gaffs come with various shapes and sizes. Make sure to design a gaff which suits you the best. Here is a list of some standard yet good designs for your fishing gaff.


Question: Do homemade gaffs differ in quality than manufactured gaffs?

Yes, there is a slight difference in the quality of homemade gaffs and manufactured

gaffs. Manufactured gaffs are superior in quality.

Question: What is the best type of bamboo for bamboo fishing gaffs?

Calcutta bamboo is known as the most durable and robust bamboo. It lasts longer than other bamboos. It is perfect for making bamboo gaffs.

Question: From where can I get Calcutta bamboo?

It is readily available in any hardware store.

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