Hanging fishing rod rack

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A buddy of mine (I feel secure calling him that since he gave me my radial arm saw) wanted a fishing rod rack he could hang on his basement wall. Built this one out of pine to meet that requirement. You cant see it in picture but there is an angled board in base that holds the rod securely in rack without putting any tension on the graphite “shaft” of the rod. Had never seen this before until my buddy took me to see one his fishing pal had. The top guides wound up being pretty much pointless since rods stay nice and snug without it. Must have been pleased since I have done 2 for him and he is already wanting another…lol. After the donation of the saw, am thinking he wll probably get it too.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#1 posted 11-29-2012 06:59 PM

Looks great. It’s got my wheels turning on a christmas present for my father-in-law. Do you have any other pictures of the angled board you put in the bottom?

-- “Always take a banana to a party, bananas are good!” - Tenth Doctor

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#2 posted 11-29-2012 07:44 PM

Sorry buzz, I checked and I dont have a pic of the board dangit….will get one on next build you can bet. Let me try and explain it….the bottom of the rack is a long rectangular box without a back ….near the bottom of the box is a 45 degree board that runs lengthwise. It slopes down from rear to front. as you push rod handle down it, it wedges the rod against the bottom guides (i mis-spoke in post, its the top guides that dont basically do anything.fixing to change that) which are mounted at front of rack and it holds rod in upright position without putting pressure on shaft of fishing rod. Clear as mud? If ya need me to draw it out for you I can and will message or email it to you.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 11-29-2012 09:39 PM

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#4 posted 11-30-2012 12:48 AM

Good trade for saw

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 11-30-2012 08:26 AM

I would be very interested in seeing a drawing of it so I might could understand it better.
When I looked at the photo, it looked as if the rods would couterlever between the half circles cutouts (looks like it in the photo) between the top and bottom board.
I’ve been trying to come up with a rod rack myself that doesn’t put pressure on the graphite. Everything I’ve seen, even commerecially, doesn’t do a good job of this.

If you don’t mind sending me a drawing, I’d much appreciate it.
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#6 posted 11-30-2012 11:49 AM

You can go to Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s or any of the sporting good stores or thier websites and find a number of rod racks. Some are really neat with the rod rack and storage drawers.

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#7 posted 11-30-2012 04:39 PM

Here’s a rod rack I built about a long time ago…I’ve built several for a few customers that fish….This rack will hold 14 rods, but you can make any size you want to that will hold from 6 -14. I’ve made them from Maple, Cherry, Oak, Walnut…..about any hardwood….These stand on the floor, or can be hung (?).......

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#8 posted 12-01-2012 02:40 AM

All these look interesting. I’m really interested in the angled bottom idea.
Here’s the problem I’ve had in the past though. You guys tell me if building another rod rack like this is going to help me. I’ve got several, and I have the same flaw with all of them.
My “regular” rods stand up fine in them. I have two rods though that always fall over. So they wind up in the rafters of my shop, not a good place for them, and ultimately defeating my purpose of having a rod rack to start with.
Here’s the problem. One of these rods is a heavy duty seven foot rod with a deep sea reel on it. The other is a thirteen footer with a deep sea reel on it. These are my favorite, and most used, rod and reels. So if they don’t work in the rack, the rack is useless to me. It seems the weight of those large reels plus that standing height of the long rods, and gravity takes over.
I’ve played with an idea of angled slots to a hole on a top rail, but just didn’t like it because it requires too much space between rods.

Before anyone asks, the thirteen footer is my catfish rig. I like such the long length because I can bull blue cats out from under loading docks at several of my favorite fishing holes. I’ve caught enough 50+ pounders there that I stopped years ago messing with puny rod and reels there.
The seven footer is a heavy duty rig I bought used for one reason and one reason only. I snag for spoonbill at a shute called Steele Bayou every chance I get. This is the best rod I’ve ever used for snagging spoons. There is little flex to it, giveing me plenty of leeway to manhandle the weighted treble hooks upstream in strong current. The seven foot length gives me plenty enough length so that when I’m casting from the concrete walls of the dam, I can “walk” the fish over to the steps that lead down to the water’s edge and land him. I have caught spoons upwards of 60 pounds, so I trust the deep sea reel on this rod too.

The rest of my rods are just normal rods you’d find in any fisherman’s collection.


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#9 posted 12-01-2012 05:52 AM

William, I am thinking with a 13 footer, all bets are off with building a rack of this type. I also have a rack I actually use myself that is a simply a notched block which allows them to hang by the first eye of the rod but thinking that the height of the rack to accomidate the 13’ would force ya to use a step ladder to hang your other ones…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#10 posted 12-02-2012 03:06 PM

Thanks for all your help Buster. When I get the time, which will probably be after the first of the year, I think I’m going to experiment with it and see if it’ll serve my purposes.


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