Fishing is a relaxing and enjoyable activity that takes place almost entirely in nature while surrounded by the beauty of nature. On the other hand, nature can be a bit harsh if you’ve gone hiking, but you’ve lost track and need to survive while you’re alone. You will need to have certain skills and knowledge to capture and prepare your own food. Here comes the need to know how to make your own custom fishing rod. It can mean the difference between life and death.
In this article, we will share with you methods and ways of making a personalized fishing rod, which you can do using items from your hand, mainly of natural origin. This means that you will not necessarily have to have special items in your backpack, although they can be very helpful. As you go through these methods and procedures, you will learn what elements are needed, which of them nature can provide, and which ones you must have previously packaged.
And, of course, you do not have to lose yourself desperately in the wild to make a fishing pole. You may simply want to have a personalized piece, so you do not have to buy it yourself, you can do it at home.
How to make a fishing rod from a bamboo pole.
Here are some simple ways to make a fishing rod with some elements directly from nature, plus several more that you should get before you start.
To begin, find a bamboo pole that is no more than 10 feet long and a couple of inches in diameter. Prepare several pieces, in case one breaks or is no longer useful. Take a sharp knife and use it to cut the stick. Remove any rough parts, protuberances and leaves on the surface of the stick.
Also, look at the thickest end of the rod and cut a joint around it, to indicate the end of the stick. This will be the thickest closed end of your fishing rod. If you can get a sandpaper, you should definitely smooth the rod in its entire length and surface area. This will make it much easier to manage and use when you are ready.
Then comes the drying phase. A well-dried bamboo rod will make a fishing rod much more reliable. If it is bending or has cracks after it has dried, there is a risk of it breaking while fishing. This is one of the reasons why we pointed out earlier that it is better to prepare several pieces, so you can have backup versions.
Suspend the bamboo rods from the ceiling and place a heavy object on the thinner end so that the rods dry completely straight. Make sure they are not close to direct sunlight, otherwise they will be brittle and prone to cracking. The bamboo canes dry better slowly. Sunlight will dry them too quickly and make them unreliable. To make sure the bamboo fishing poles are ready, you should let them dry for about a month (up to several months). You must point to a tan color when they are ready.
When you think the sticks are ready, try them swinging several times with them. They should not bend or break / break at any point. Also, look for curves and curves in your canes: if one or more bamboo rods are slightly curved (in a stationary position), use heavy objects to straighten them by placing the heavy objects on top of the rods.
It’s time to attach a fishing line. We offer you to use a Dacron line (up to 20 pounds). The thickest end of your fishing rod will be the handle. Keep the fishing line attached above the handle, then stretch the fishing line to the thinnest end of the fishing rod to see how long it should last. Be sure to leave a little more of the line for additional management. Place the line in 2-3 places along the cane and do not forget the tip of the fishing rod.
If you do not have a Dacron line, you can use a hemp cord. It is usually a very strong and durable cable, so you can rely on it to provide stability. You can also use it to wrap the handle area, making it softer to hold.
Also, make sure that the fishing line is not too tight to the rod, otherwise this will make it difficult to use in the first place. After all, it is necessary to control the fishing line up and down. If it is too loose, it will hang and even become entangled here and there, rendering your fishing rod useless. If it is too tight, you may not be able to use it either.
Finally, you can place all the necessary hooks, plate and bobber in your fishing rod, to finalize your project. Any excess fishing line can be wrapped around the handle if necessary.
Additional work: you can buy a reel or make your own. You can take a metal can with a small opening and use a wooden stick with a length slightly longer than the full height of the metal can. Place a second wooden stick in the first, so that it has a handle. It’s a little more of an additional job, but then you can have your own fishing rod, made by you. You can find instructional videos on YouTube, but the YouTube video above shows the above instructions in practice.
How to make a fishing rod using PVC.
This method does not use any organic or natural product such as wood or similar. You need the PVC pipe, the cutter, the fishing line and the sandpaper to make the initial fishing rod.
Prepare two PVC pipes, one with a diameter slightly larger than the other. The difference in diameter should be half an inch. Use a cutter / saw to cut the tubes to the length you need. Both tubes must have the same length. Both pipes must reach the desired length of the entire fishing rod, so keep that in mind. For example, if you need your pole to be 10 feet in total, then each PVC pipe must have a length of 5 feet. When you have cut the necessary pieces, take a sandpaper to polish and smooth the cut surfaces, otherwise they could injure you or the user of the fishing rod.
Next, prepare several threaded connectors. A pair (female / male) must be of diameter that fits both PVC tubes (one small and one larger). The second pair must fit into the larger tube and you must prepare two female threaded connectors. These items sell very cheaply. Use them to connect the corresponding tubes, but remember not to use glue or tape. Just connect the pieces.
Your next step would be to prepare a hand drill with a very small drill, as thin as 1/10 of an inch, and use it to drill 3 to 5 holes in the thicker pipe. The holes should be evenly spaced along the entire pipe. Depending on the length you have chosen for your fishing rod, you must do more than 5 holes. This is fine, as long as the holes are, as we advise, evenly spaced.
The third step is to join eyelets / loops. Prepare as many binding clips as there are holes in your PVC pipe. You may have to remove the cable from the clips in the folder. Wind the cable so that the ends meet and you can loop with them. The ends should point towards each other. Do the same for all remaining folder clips. The idea with the cables is that you have eyelets where the fishing line is threaded.
Continuing: prepare a fishing line and fix it to the thickest stick. Then, also prepare a prefabricated reel and attach it to the line. Use the old hand drill and drill two holes on each side of the PVC pipe, then attach the spool and line to the holes.
The last step is the easiest: simply thread the tubes and pass the line through the wire loops (eyelets) that you created earlier. Get the bobber, hook and sinker needed to complete your fishing rod.
How to make a pocket fishing rod
It may seem strange at first, but having a smaller version of a fishing rod can be much better and even more useful. You will not have to carry a heavy fishing rod and will not worry about it breaking. In addition, it can be much easier to access a small pocket rod: you can literally take it out of your pocket and go fishing in less than a minute.
Once you see water nearby, remove it from your pocket and submerge the fishing line in the water. Of course, you will have to prepare it at home, because there are elements that you can not find naturally in nature, such as a pencil, antennae, etc. So here you have how to put together this fishing pole.
Prepare the following items: radio antennas (should be able to expand), ballpoint pen, binding clip (one is sufficient), 3 small washers, thin cable for coupling (length is not a concern at this point), thin pin, 4 medium washers, two square nuts (hexagonal would also work), 1 small nail, glue, fishing line, swivel to hold the hook, the hook itself and as a final touch and an optional element is a worm. You can prepare worms later, when you are ready to start fishing.
Start by disassembling the pencil by removing all the internal elements so that only the outer tube remains. Optionally, you can find a PVC pipe but it must be very thin and light. If it adheres to the pen, use pliers if the ink tube is difficult to remove (which may be the case). Make sure that the outer pipe is completely empty, so that it can be used more to build a fishing rod.
Then, use the pen tube and secure it vertically in a screw / clamp. Prepare some hot glue and take it in the pen. Immediately after, push the antennas inside the pen and add more glue to crown the antennas. You may have to remove excess glue with a towel and clean the item.
To make the eyelets you have to take the three small washers that you prepared before. Your main objective will be to cross the fishing line. Then, first prepare a wire and bend it inward. Pass a piece of the washer through the middle of the cable, exactly where it is bent: the washer must be kept inside the cable. Begin to twist the wire spirally along its length; the washer will remain firmly in place.
Then, use the other two ends of the cable to connect it to the antenna. Then, using hot glue, attach that cable joint to the antennas; the glue will hold it in place and will not move or detach easily (if it does).
Of course, since you are working with very small elements and dimensions, be sure not to put glue on the hands, otherwise, the hot glue can damage it and it will be very difficult to remove from the skin. Repeat all this with the remaining elements of the washing machine. They should be attached to the same length along the antennas. Basically, each section of the antennas must have a piece of washer.
The final challenging task is to prepare the fishing reel. It is usually a difficult part of the fishing rod, but it is the last one, so if you have reached this part, you can finish the reel. Therefore, take the clip from the folder and the two medium size washers. Take one of the washers, place it on the table, place hot glue around its hole and press one of the handles of the folder holder. Repeat the same with the handle of the other folder and the second washer. The hole in the washer and the handle of the folder should allow a screw to pass through them.
Take the bolt and let it slide through one of the washers (handle of the folder) and place the two remaining washers in bold (between the two handles of the folder). As for the binding clip itself, you can place the pen through its trimming part, holding it securely to your mini fishing rod.
Finally, use the two nuts you prepared to bolt in bold and tighten the spool. You can also use glue to join the two nuts to be absolutely sure that nothing can fall or be destroyed by movement or unstable fishing. Before placing the glue, you can place a bent nail (fold it 90 degrees in half) into the nuts; This can be the reel handle so you can wind the cable while fishing.
Next, it is best to use glue in several places to make sure nothing comes off or falls off. Place the glue on the clip of the folder containing the pen. Then place some glue on the loose washers inside the spool. Keep the washers separated one from the other: the four washers should be spaced evenly. Also, if you have not done so, place glue on the bolt where you are with the two nuts.
The next step is to obtain the line / fishing line and roll it on the bolt, right in the middle, between the two glued washers. Begin by making a double knot and then continue winding the wire on the bolt. Make sure there is enough space to pass through the eyelets. When you reach the other end of the cable, you can place a swivel. Then prepare the hook and fix it to the swivel. Your mini fishing rod is ready.
If you find that making your own reel is too much, you can buy a fishing reel separately and attach it to your pen and fishing rod antennas.
Easy fishing pole made of ordinary wood
You can also make a fishing rod very fast by simply buying a wooden stick (but make sure the wood is flexible enough or it will break quickly).
Get some fishing line or a cord of hemp and start tying it to the base of the wooden pole, right where you will hold it while fishing. If you tie it on the other end, the stick can break very quickly, if you catch a bigger and heavier fish. Now, if you do not have any kind of cable or fishing line at your disposal, you will find some green vines. You can find them around bushes or in the subway and in general, at ground level.
To ensure that the vine is reliable for its purposes, it must be green. If it is brown, it is probably too dry and can easily break. You can also bend the vine, if you think that will give it more strength and also length.
Then continue to wrap the fishing line along the pole. You can play by adding some eyelets made of wire, as in the previous tutorials, but that depends completely on you. For now, rolling the line along the wooden stick is perfectly fine for the simplicity of this particular fishing rod.
When the fishing line has reached the other end of the pole, tie a tight knot. Be sure to tie another one on the other end: the handle or the base of the fishing rod.
Since this is a primitive fishing rod, you will not need to attach a reel or similar item. This fishing rod is quick for emergency situations. Of course, do not forget to place a hook or a bent cable on the end of the cable / line, or your fish will never catch it. When it comes to bait, use worms or insects. These are usually very easy to find.
If you have trouble making a hook with any cable (you may not have one at your disposal), use your pocket knife to cut a small sharpened hook shape from a piece of thin wood. It is enough to have a V shape so that it works as expected.
Here is a very quick video tutorial on how to make the previous fishing rod. It is one of the fastest methods and can be applied in nature, in case you have to catch a fish as soon as possible, and if you do not have any other fishing rod already done.
Advice and final considerations.
When you pick up wooden branches or bamboo sticks, make sure they are young and green. The brown and cracked branches are obviously older and, therefore, much drier. It is better to cut a fishing rod from a tree, instead of picking up fallen branches, since they are drier than live branches.
Also, if you often go hiking and spend a lot of time in the desert, it is always a good practice to carry a fishing line in a metal box, just so you can set up your own fishing rod quickly. Keep the cable or line rolled and jammed using an adhesive tape. The red thread can be used to attract your dinner more effectively. And of course, do not forget your pocket knife. It can be more important than anything else. After all, you can prepare almost any item with a pocket knife while in the desert.
And finally, before leaving, make several of the previous fishing rods and test them in a safe environment. See what works and what does not, and improve it. Do not expect the previous tutorials to be enough to get a fish for dinner, without being sure they work as they should. However, if you follow the above explanations and instructions, you should be able to make an efficient fishing rod and be sure to catch fish with it.
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