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
- 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
Step 2: Handle/Reel Mount
Step 3: Attaching the Pole to the Handle
Step 4: Attaching the Line Guides
First, put a section of wire through the washer and fold the wire in half so that the washer is in the bottom of the V shape formed. Second, twist the wire tightly to hold the washer in place. Third, use the two straight ends of the wire to wrap around the antenna and the washer to hold the washer in place atop the pole. Finally, put some super glue on this joint to permanently attach the washer - Be very careful not to permanently attach yourself to anything. Repeat this step for the other two washers. Attach one washer to the end of each section of the antenna.
Step 5: Constructing the Reel
I find that for most projects, it is good and highly beneficial to start with a big picture. Otherwise, building our Pocket-sized Fishing Reel would be a bit like doing a puzzle without the picture on the box. So, I have included a picture of the finished reel on each of the next few steps, so you will know what you are working towards.
First, get the binder clip and two of the medium washers. Lay one of the washers flat on a table and position the binder clip over it so that the hole in the washer is centered in the wider top part of the binder clip. Use either super glue or hot glue to attach these two pieces together. Once the glue has dried, repeat this procedure on the opposite side of the binder clip.
Step 6: Construction the Reel
Step 7: The Handle
Step 8: Gluing
- Glue the binder clip handles to the black body of the clip so that the handles will not move. Either hot glue or super glue will work for this task.
- Glue the two loose washers to the bolt so that neither touch the binder clip handles. Do not put them too close however, because the space between them will be used to wrap the fishing line around. I suggest applying super glue to the bold and sliding the washer onto the glue.
- Apply some extra hot glue to the bent nail. This will both reinforce this important, and heavily tested, joint and fasten the two nuts together.
- Glue the two nuts to the bolt so that they do not twist off while you are reeling in a giant fish.
Step 9: Rigging the Pole
Step 10: Rigging the Pole
To the swivel, you can attach pretty much anything: snelled hooks, lures, spinners or even a fern if you so desire. With luck, a fish will subsequently attach itself to one of those objects.