How to Store Fishing Rods: The Ultimate Guide

A good rod and reel always find a good place in your fishing kit whenever you go out on a fishing trip. However, choosing the right place where to keep them can be a challenge. Some anglers choose to keep them in their bedroom, while some like to keep them in their car as well. We hope you will also appreciate this article on how to store fishing rods.



How to Store Fishing Rods

There are a few different ways that you can store your fishing rods. Right now, we’re going to be looking at two of the most popular storage solutions: rod holders and storage boxes.

Additionally, fishing rods can be stored in a cabinet, while they can also be kept on the wall. We’re going to look at and review each of these options first before looking at their locations and requirements.



Types of Storage for Fishing Rods

When storing your fishing rods, it is important to think about the different types of spaces that you have available. There are a few popular options for rod storage, and each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Some of the most common storage methods include:



Store fishing rods - Cabinet Storage

Cabinet Storage

Fishing rod storage is an important part of any fishing gear organization system. But how do you store fishing rods when they’re not in use? This is where a cabinet comes in handy. It can be used to store your rods and reels on a shelf or in drawers. Or you can get one with casters so it slides on smooth, tiled floors and also has doors for quick access. Here is an example of how a professional bass angler keeps his trailer together.


-A cabinet like this provides a secure, convenient place for storing your fishing rod and reel.


-Bass fishers who do not want the extra weight of a cabinet often use wheeled storage racks on their boat or trailer to keep their rods from getting damaged amid travel.


Wall Hook Storage

One more option is simply hanging your rods up in an open space somewhere with no other appliances nearby. This is a decent solution when space is limited but not much weight should be attached to the rods and they need to stay in place other than being fished with often.


-The convenience of having your fishing equipment all together

-Within convenient reach while it’s locked away/stored separately.


-Unless it is secured properly, these can be easily knocked over or have the components fall out and lose their proper shape. Some anglers use wooden pegs to secure the sections of rods (or rotating glass beads) which helps provide better resistance for all but spinning reels. Wall hooks are also a common mounting solution for racks.


Wire Shelving Rack

This storage rack is perfect for storing and organizing all of your fishing gear. The shelves are adjustable, so you can adjust the size to fit whatever you need to store.

This storage rack will help keep your tackle organized while in storage or on the go. Some fishermen like to use it on their boat or while they are at the cottage. Others prefer it in their pantry when they have too much spread out over small spaces and don’t want to waste freezer space.


-Because the hooks, lines and reels are all properly contained, they won’t get mixed up or lose their shape. This makes organizing worth it!


-This type of fishing storage can be less rugged (not designed to handle rough handling / bouncing while on a boat). Some anglers use plastic containers with air holes to store bait in at sea; then cover over with thin cloths during travel to prevent drying out.


Spool Box

A spool box is a great way to store fishing gear when you’re not using it. This small, compact and portable fishing storage box is good for stashing away all your baits/lines or storing gadgets that take up space on a boat.


-Storing bait lines in easy reach while they are not being fished out; keeping electronic devices secure.


-If the bag touches other items inside the spool box, it can become bent and lose its shape.

Bonus Tip (Hook box) A recent innovation into tackle storage is the lure box. Instead of putting your hooks inside a plastic bag, where they can easily become tangled and lost. You can use a canvas-style rectangle for storing your spinning reels and bait line on boards. This allows easy access to save time in fishing conditions or if you are casting small lures over rocks (eider).


DIY Fishing Rod Rack

This DIY fishing rod rack from Intractable will hold up to four rods and is easy to build. The base is made of plywood and the poles are secured by magnets.

Organize your fishing gear with this DIY Spool Rod case that is perfect for a two rod system or three rods! The base part can also be used as storage if you have too many hooks on your heavy duty line spools. This will help keep them from getting tangled up in each other when not being used and helps prevent accidental loss overboard over time – either of which is very frustrating if they’re not only expensive but heavy as well. It is a storage solution that will work great in your garage.


-No more tangled up lines with heavy super spools when not in use!

-Small enough to fit the smallest of spaces as well you can get bigger if able.


-Might be too big or bulky for some small spaces, such as a boat.


Suitcase Rod Case

This rod case is perfect for attaching three rods to the side of a two handle suitcase! The PVC pipes slide through holes and the lid can secure all your lines up tight. Plus it’s perfect if you want to organize all those extra hooks onto heavy duty spools – they’re not so easy after organizing on this one! The solid PVC pipes and the entire design could definitely be modified for smaller spaces as well!


-Perfect for smaller spaces.


-Bigger and more bulky than other options will cost you a little extra as well, especially if making your own material from scratch or choosing shorter pipes when customizing it to fit in the items available

-Definitely buy some pipe fittings!


PVC Fishing Rod Holder

PVC Fishing Rod Holder

This PVC rod holder is just a bit bigger in size, but attaching it to the outside of your fishing vest could serve you well as an attached pouch. So instead of fumbling around with extra hooks and bags hanging off the sides all day this would be an ideal solution! Plus there was one more option on how to organize them… A metal box would suit everything nicely.

Additional solutions:

-Just put each set in small zip locked bags for packing and organizing!

-Or alternatively use a higher quality fishing rod holder without the screw holes, where you just place your pieces in some sort of economy fish net container that you can either buy or fashion yourself  out of wood! Talk about having a damn good time making fishing gear boxes on the side when you get bored!


-Easy to use and handy!


-Not cheap or versatile. For special cases like this I would recommend buying a cheaper non-tapered PVC rod holder for the most parts you plan to not move at all, but if in doubt there’s no need to spend any more than necessary on it.


Under-Stairs Storage

Here’s a clever way to store your fishing gear in the basement. Build this PVC fishing rod holder with some PVC pipe and PVC glue.

You could also use some hooks and wire ties to hang your gear.

Add a note telling your family and friends where the rod is stored so you don’t have to look for it every time you want to go fishing!


-This solution is easy, cheap and looks great.


-It takes up some storage space in the basement. There was one more storage type that I found unfamiliar, and quite interesting. That would be made out of old suspension towers. I’ve seen it in construction sites to hold up floors without any problems.



Preparation before Storing Your Fishing Rod

Keep Your Gear Clean

If you are storing your rods for a long period of time, it is important to clean them as much as possible. This will prevent dirt and grime from building up and causing damage over time.

Still, it’s recommended to clean them at least formerly every week, if you need to store your rods for a time or longer. You can do this via just giving the bag a good scrub with mild soap as frequently and gently of possible – otherwise you risk damaging your rod through some sort of surface damage (dirt stains).

I suggest fishing in clear bags which allow you to dry your bait after use/cleaning etc from outside. In extreme conditions however (weather like freezing’s), you may want to store your bait in a dry container and/or buy a better quality bag or even put it away for neatly after use.

A cleaning kit is necessary if you are going to let the rods sit idle for any period of time (storage), so they don’t get stinkier than they already do!  I clean mine once per week with Simple Green, works like intended – doesn’t cause breakage… makes them tidy though.


Fishing Rods Maintenance

Regular Maintenance is vital for any type of fishing gear. If you do not take care of your rods, they can become damaged and unusable.

There are a few things you can do to keep your rods in tip-top shape:

1) Clean them after every use – this includes when you return them from the water as well. If they remain unclean, dirt and debris will build up over time which will impact how well your rod will function. The longer it sits as unclean, the worse this contamination becomes and can cause damage. If you have your rods stored for a long period of time make sure to clean them periodically once per week at least (before use/storage).

2) Don’t forget to rotate your elbows by 90 degrees after every few casts! This helps prevent the wood from rubbing out.

TIP: Always get in the habit of cleaning your elbows & Rod sheath after every cast, if you don’t catch any fish it’s not a big deal to do but if you have been sweating through that rig all day and worked hard on catching those lures down deep… well at least there is no saltwater smell or residue left behind.

3) Lubricate your rods  – This can be achieved mechanically or chemically. Mechanically would be through the use of a lubricant applied over time to build up in your rods rings & guides. Chemical methods includes oils and/or coatings directly on wood surfaces, plastic sheaths could also be coated…water based sprays… they all work.

4) Put up some fresh lines – hahahaha seriously though it’ll make you feel good knowing that when it’s loaded with fish there is no line damage in sight.



How to Store Fishing Rods for Everyday Use



How to Store Fishing Rods in the Garage?

Fishing rods can be stored in a garage by hanging them on the wall or placing them in a bin. The rods should be kept away from direct sunlight and out of reach of pets. Storing them in a garage poses risks of damage as some components can rust if it’s not properly cleaned.

Before storing, make sure that the rods are dry and have no debris adhered to their surfaces by wiping them with a cloth or paper towel. Don’t store your fishing equipment on carpeting; checking for cracks on its structure is important when you’re deciding where to keep your fishing rod collection.

In addition, put your fishing rods in a wall rack and label it with your name.



Is It Bad to Store Fishing Rods Horizontally?

No, storing fishing rods horizontally is not bad.

In fact, it’s a good way to keep your rods organized and protected. By storing them horizontally, you can also avoid the risk of damage from collisions or falls. Note: Store all your fishing rods in the same way we store our golf clubs! If you have more than one rod, they should be separated by a hanging rack.



What Can I Do With My Fishing Rods When They Are Not Being Used?

Depending on how much time you committed to fishing during last season and whether or not you are planning to continue exploring provincial waters as well, it’s important that your rods get some rest. It is best if you store your rods in a dry place. If you don’t have the possibility of storing it, put away your fishing rods somewhere to avoid further damage from leakage. Lay them neatly inside plastic bags and bind together with string or rubber bands. When not using, make sure that these places where their rod will be stored are kept away from direct sunlight; just remember that storage conditions vary depending on exposure to temperature and humidity.



How Do You Hang a Fishing Rod on the Wall?

The first thing you want to do is find a place on the wall that you want the rod to hang from. The rod should be at least two feet away from any other objects on the wall. This will allow for room for the rod to swing and make it easier for you to reel in your catch.

Next, you want to make sure that there is a stud or joist behind where you are hanging the fishing rod. You can use a stud finder or simply tap against the wall and listen for a hollow sound. If there is nothing behind where you are hanging it, then it’s best not to use that area of your wall because it could cause damage over time when using the fishing rod.

The next step is taking your fishing rod out of its case and holding it.



How Do You Store a Two-Piece Fishing Rod?

The answer is that you need a fishing rod case.

A fishing rod case will keep your two-piece fishing rod from getting damaged, and it also provides extra storage for any other gear you may want to bring with you to the lake. You can find a variety of different fishing rod cases on the market, but some are better than others.

There are a few things to consider when deciding what fishing rod case might be best suited for your needs. First, think about whether or not the size of the case is important to you. If so, then make sure that one of your main considerations is how much space it offers inside.



Finishing Up

This is a comprehensive guide on how to store fishing rods. The guide contains some tips and tricks that will help you keep your fishing rods in good condition for many years to come.

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