Introduction: Fishing Pole Storage - Great for Apartment, Shed or Garage!
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)
Cut the piece of wood at 33 inches and 66 inches. This will leave you with two equal pieces of wood 33 inches long.
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.
Start with the larger hole, and cut into the wood every two marks. Do the opposite for the other piece of wood.
I staggered the holes so when spaced apart, so one large hole was directly in line with one small hole, this allows you to arrange the rods in opposite order so all the reels aren't all on one side tangled together.
Mount to ceiling. With the Kreg pocket hole system, this was a breeze. You could drill a pilot hole through the entire piece of wood vertically and fasten it using a 4in screw being careful not to split the wood.
I spaced them exactly 5 feet away, you will need to measure them to the size of your smallest rod, and make sure your biggest rod can still fit.