I have a pet peeve about storing my fishing rods. They have to be in a secure rod holder or I get very nervous about their safety. I have had too many of my favorite rods broken because they were laid or placed in a spot that made them venerable to being damaged.
I have a large collection of fly rods that include some very old Fenwick rods (remember their slogan – “I’m a Fenwick man”?) and some more modern rods that include Sage, G-Loomis, Orvis, and even a custom made Chattahoochee Bamboo fly rod. I also do a lot of small creek and stream fishing and have a dozen 4’6”, 5’ and 5’6” ultra-light spinning reels and rods as well. All of which are stored carefully on my rod racks.
Not only does the rack provide a safe storage area for your rods but it also adds ambiance to any room they are placed in including a trophy room, den, library, or game room.
They also announce to guests that you are an avid angler who loves to fish and knows how to properly store his rods as well.
I take great pride in my rod racks because they hold the equipment that I get so much enjoyment and memories from. I can vividly remember placing my son Cody’s first brand name rod in one of my racks. It made Kate and I feel so proud that he enjoyed fishing as much as we do. It also made us feel good to see him understand the importance of taking care of his equipment (at the time Cody was 12 years old).
I enjoy showing off Leo’s talent as well. Everyone who sees this unit remarks about how nice it is. I tell them that it is not only a handsome rod storage rack, but it also is a nice looking piece of furniture too.
The rod rack is made from edge glued and screwed oak. It holds your rods in an upright position, and spacing is wide enough to store the pole with the reel attached.
It eliminates storing your rods in cases, or on hooks in the garage or worse yet lying flat in the rafters of the basement, barn or attic. After building this unit you can place up to 12 of your most cherished rods vertically, safe, and within easy reach.
It can be made to hold any number of rods. I have included instructions for making a twelve (12) fishing rod rack. You can change the size accordingly if you want more or less slots for rods. To give it a furniture type finish it should be stained with your choice of color, varnished, and or waxed depending on your choice.
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