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I love to go fishing, it is fun, and it can be very exciting; one can go fishing with a group of friends or the family. Whether you are camping, or just on a day trip, fishing is a great way to pass the time. As Doug Larson said, "If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles."
However, conventional fishing poles are long, fragile, and hard to carry, or otherwise transport. This Instructable will show you how to construct a fishing pole, complete with a reel, that will fit nicely in your pocket. You can keep it handy, and go fishing any time water is nearby.

Step 1: Materials

These are the materials you will need for your fishing pole:

  • A Telescoping Radio Antenna - This will be used for the pole part of the pole
  • A Pen - One of the cheap kind you get for free at hotels or wherever
  • A Small Binder Clip - The smallest one you can find that will clip over the barrel of the pen
  • Three Very Small Washers - Again, smaller is better
  • Some Thin Wire - The length is not important, this will be used just to attach stuff
  • One Thin Bolt - This should be as long as the distance between the handles on the binder clip and thin enough to fit through the holes in the...
  • Four Medium Sized Washers - Large enough to cover the round parts on the top of each binder clip handle
  • Two Nuts - Square nuts are better than hex nuts, but hex nuts will work fine. These must screw onto the bolt.
  • One Small Nail - Any short, fairly thick piece of metal will work, however
  • Super Glue - Obviously, this is used to attach things
  • Hot Melt Glue - This is used to attach parts to other parts as well
  • Fishing Line - A very critical part for any fishing pole
  • A Swivel - A small, rotating metal clip used to attach the hook
  • A Hook - Used to catch the fish
  • Optional: A Worm

If this list is a tiny bit confusing, take a look at the pictures , they are worth 1000 words each.
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sculptur4 years ago
istead of hot glue or super glue wouldnt jb weld be much stronger and last longer?
AustinZ1 sculptur6 months ago

Do you weld because if you did you would know that welders would not be low enough of a voltage and it would just burn through the thin metal

Calis AustinZ11 month ago

JB Weld is an epoxy.

deweerdr201 month ago

i think i will stay with my

Shimano Curado I Series Reel/Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris CarbonLite Micro Rod Baitcast Combo
Great idea I would put small hooks and sinkers in sided the pen too. How about that?
meador11 year ago

how far do u put the antenna in the pen

I love this concept, I fish for minnows all the time and this would be perfect for that!
How do you fish for minnows? Whenever I go camping I see plenty of small fish (.5 to 3 inches) that would make great bait.
Super small hooks #20 and small bait super easy
Ok thanks I will have to try that.

I know this is old, but they also sell bait catching rigs called sabikis that are basically around 10 small flies tied on thin mono, those work well for salt and freshwater.

Nate2302 years ago
Very good instructable. I trailed it off of a canoe and landed two small fish.
freeza363 years ago
Have you caught anything with this?
Akask4 years ago
Why can't you just glue the washer to the pole?
otheradam Akask3 years ago
Glue on its own probably won't be strong enough because these washers will bear the tension of reeling in your fish.
bass pro3 years ago
This is a great tutorial. Easy to follow and a clear step by step instructions. Thanks.
doublequick4 years ago
a stronger antenna can be procured by going to the junk yard and buying one from a junked car
yaly4 years ago
Did anyone catch any fish if yes please pm me so i can make one to use when at the north coast there is a fishing treasure there.
vektor4 years ago
One question. When reeling, the bolt turns but it does not remain in one place. it moves to one side and stops once it comes in contact with the side of the clip. Please explain what i have done wrong and correct me.
yaly vektor4 years ago
you need two more nuts to secure the two bolts that were glued together between them or/and add glue.
Gawane88 vektor4 years ago
thanks so much!
I'll see if i can find radio shack.
thanks again!
I made my own version using the pen ink cartridge instead of a radio antenna.
wouldn't the rod be very short
i actally think thats a smarter idea
Gawane884 years ago
Whare do you get the radio antenna?

cool fishing rod though.
Radio shack, but if you cant find a single one buy a cheap or second hand radio and screw off the antenna
thanks so much!

I'll see if I can find radio shack but if i cant just buy a cheap hand radio like you said.thanks again though!
xadevox5 years ago
How do you cast?
im guessing you just puul it out and throw it O.o
thats what she said
bruleyer4 years ago
well i was just wondering have u actually tried this wont the antena bend
aeray4 years ago
I think you should make an 'able just about the palomar knot itself. It is extremely strong, little-known and underutilized. I use it when fishing for steelhead and sturgeon.
McGyver24 years ago
Excellent Idea with this. Although I am against editing this one myself with just about everything, would it be prehaps possible to use many diferent sizes of PVC pipe for extra strength, yet still being portable?
Robot Lover5 years ago
I think this is a great idea but, I think that the line would snap because of the threads on the screw that holds the reel together
this is pretty cool but there is already a mini pen fishing rod with telescoping rod and fully functional reel, but im sure that you already knew about it (Hint: its made by coleman)
 ok so couldent i just use one of the teloscopc pens (sorry for my spelling)
and find a way to make a reel?

11richie215 years ago
 lol u can make this in an office and fishing for fish in your desk aquarium jk that would be messed
The_DonuT5 years ago
I made a simular mini rod and it works gr8 , thx for the idea
how far did you push the antenna in
Lokisgodhi5 years ago
 They used to make low end fishing rods out of telescoping steel and aluminum back in the 1930-40s, so there's no problem with this concept.

I think that using actual guides and wrapping and epoxying them on the antenna would greatly improve this. Cut off the tip and replace it with an actual rod tip that fits the end's diameter. Then hot melt glue it and wrap it as well. That's what's done on real rods.

The reel needs a serious redesign.

Maybe a threaded insert in the end of the handle so you can screw in a threaded piece of steel with an L bend. Mount a spool made out of an old small diameter sewing thread thread with two body washers epoxied on to the ends.  Make sure it's in line with the guides.


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