5 Fishing Rod Storage Ideas

Hey there my fellow fishing enthusiasts. Today we are going to attempt to rectify a common problem for fisherman who like to accumulate a number of rods as we discuss my 5 fishing rod storage ideas to keep your gear sorted this year. Now, if you are like me, you probably just started keeping them on a shelf or up against a wall.

5 Fishing Rod Storage Ideas

However, as you started to build your collection (after all, there is always another rod and reel to buy), things just started getting messy. And of course the other influence here is the amount of space you have to store all of your rods so let’s check out some of the options you can choose from below…

5 Fishing Rod Storage Ideas
5 Fishing Rod Storage Ideas

1. Buckets

Ok, so the first of our fishing pole storage ideas is probably the simplest here in that all you need to do is grab yourself a nice tall bucket and stand all of your rods up in that. The bucket does need to be fairly tall so that the rods can’t tip out however the width will be determined by the number that you own. This is simple and the rods are out of the way.

The only issue here is that if there are too many in the bucket, they can get tangled up when trying to remove your chosen weapon of the day from it.

2. Home made options

The second option is probably where we all start in that as we begin to grow our fishing rod collection where we basically find ourselves anything we can arrange to keep them out of the way. Perhaps the most common I have seen are just some shelving brackets (see below) screwed to the wall with rods laid flat on top. This will work a treat however as your collection grows and more rods are stacked on top of each other, the lines do tend to start tangling together etc.

Alternatively, another good home made option is to grab yourself a good length of white plumber’s pipe (we call it conduit), cut it into lengths of about 20″ (50cm) and screw them individually to the wall. These will take a little more space along a wall however will keep rods separate and easily accessible.

And finally of course, if you are handy with the tools, then you can definitely make yourself your own version of any of the options listed below as well.

3. Simple racks

Next we will look at simple racks that are purchased to screw into walls or ceilings etc. These are great for those who just want something that they can install and sit their rods in without any fuss. The rods are protected as they are separate in the rack and the ability to screw them to the ceiling (or the back of the garage door) is great for those who don’t have a lot of wall space in their garage.

These can be purchased as small plastic racks or even just individual clips. The advantages here are that the holders are light and easy to move around however they often tend to only hold a small number of rods meaning a few more will need to be purchased as your collection grows.

fishing rod storage ideas - plastic rod holders

And it doesn’t end there – I have a little fishing hack for you. The small plastic racks also work great as a stop gap fishing rod holder on your car. Yep, just zip tie them to your roof racks and you are good to go!

4. Wall/ceiling racks

I actually got this next idea from a friend of mine who has done this exact thing in that as his collection has outgrown the three options above in that he has built himself some nice big wall racks. Now for those of you like me who have no handyman skills whatsoever, you can definitely purchase these as well. The advantage of these as opposed to the simple ones above is that they are generally built with a bit more quality and sturdiness to keep your fishing pride and joys better protected when stored.

Again, they can be installed on the wall or, if made to clip in or with ‘u’ shaped racks, in the ceiling. These types will usually hold a good number of rods however their width may reduce your options if you don’t have a lot of wall space.

5. Floor racks

And finally, for those of us who like to show off our ‘stuff’ or want to keep it all somewhere a little nicer – such as in the actual house – then maybe a purpose built fishing cabinet/floor rack will suit. These are built for purpose cabinets with rod holder brackets as a base but can also generally include:

  • Shelves/slots for plastic tackle tray
  • Hooks for reels etc.
  • Drawers for larger items
  • Tools slips and holders
  • ‘Work’ table at top for re-fixing line etc.

Many also include clips and holders for reels too.

These obviously will cost a little more however, as mentioned, if you are looking to keep your stuff inside then these will not only keep all of your fishing gear neat and tidy, but look like part of the furniture as well.

Alternatively, I have a cheaper plastic version that I keep my rods in in the garage. I have this one instead of a wall mounted rack as I don’t have the space to do that and this is a good, cost effective (and portable) option for me.

fishing rod storage ideas - floor stand


And there they are – 5 fishing rod storage ideas to keep your gear sorted this year. I hope it has been helpful and as usual, please let me know of your experiences or any other tips you may have.

Also, please do not hesitate to comment below if you have any questions, concerns, corrections or would like me to check anything else out for you.

Until next time

Have fun


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