Fishing Pole Storage - Great for Apartment, Shed or Garage!

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I live in a decent sized apartment with what seems like an entire house full of belongings, space is hard to come by around here. I have 8 fishing poles ranging from light action to surf rods and wanted to create a storage solution that would keep them out of harms way and make them easily accessible. Here's what I came up with:

The mount I created can hold 10 poles. You slip the tip into the smaller hole until there is clearance for the reel side to fit into the larger hole. For really long rods, you can disassemble them in the middle, feed them through the hole, then reconnect them to fit snug in the holder. I spaced my two pieces of wood exactly 5ft apart, seems to be the sweet spot (but may not work if you have very short rods). YMMV. Feel free to get creative and change this around to fit your needs.

You will need:
Piece of Wood (I used a 70 x 3.5 x 3/4 peice of pine from Home Depot, less than $5)
Saw (Hand saw is fine, Home Depot and Walmart sell a nice Stanley setup with mitre box and pegs for $13)
Hole Saws
(I used 2in for the larger holes and 1.5 in for the smaller holes) You could use only the 2in if you wish.
6 Screws (I have Kreg pocket hole kit, my favorite tool ever. I highly recommend purchasing one if you don't have it!)
Clamp (not necessary, but will make cutting and drilling the wood much easier)

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Step 1:

Cut the piece of wood at 33 inches and 66 inches. This will leave you with two equal pieces of wood 33 inches long.

Step 2:

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Make a mark every 3 inches on both pieces of wood. Find the middle of the wood short ways and create a + sign so you know exactly where to place the hole saw.

UdyRegan2 months ago

Honestly. The pole storage rack looks like it could be a repurposed pool cue holder! It's really quite nicely made! I'd personally prefer my storage racks standing upright on the floor though easier to insert and remove the poles.

lilchumy6 months ago
Nice, please check out my guide on bass fishing. I need votes for the hunter gatherer contest. Thanks so much! That would really help me out!

I like that you said "Kreg pocket hole kit" is your favorite tool ever.

Reminds me of my favorite web site, now a book.

check it out.

Thanks for your Instructable.

Please do more.

kpewitt8 months ago
made a little of am adjustment to fit my children's poles but great idea and no extra space taken up

any problems with sagging/bending from the poles after a while?

jrewing1 year ago

my dad has a simular system but with slots on the side of the hole and goiing down so you don't have to pull the rods thru the holes

vhcl1 year ago
Excellent Idea!! I'll definitely implement this solution at home!! Thanks for sharing
DoDo7291 year ago
What a great idea, thanks for sharing.
foobear1 year ago
So smart!
Nice job! I have this problem, maybe your solution will fit my needs. I once heard a conversation in a very exclusive fishing shop about a flyrod with a broken tip... "sure you can mend it, but it will no longer be a fishing "rod", it will be a fishing "pole!" I don't think the fish can tell the difference..........
I'm building this today! Many thanks for a great idea!
bob30301 year ago
Great idea. Thanks for posting.
That is such a fantastic idea! We're going to need some of these in my house. :D