One important component of fishing equipment is often the most overlooked.   It happens all the time: anglers arrive at their favorite fishing spots, get situated, bait up, cast, and... where do they put their poles?  Good question!  The lucky ones find something to prop up their poles; the unlucky ones see a perfect cast ruined by a lifeless drooping line while they search for answers.  The ruthless ones resort to permanent solutions to temporary problems,  rearranging Nature or carving those annoying little v-slots you see all over pier railings.   You don't have to be a clown or a vandal.  And you don't have to risk damage to expensive gear.   All you need is a sturdy pole holder.   It can make all the difference in the world.

Pole holders come in a variety of styles, shapes, and specific functions.  They can cost up to $50.  But many of the simplest and most effective pole holders are homemade.    Anyone with access to simple tools can build one in under an hour.   The easiest way to go is with plastic pipe, either ABS or PVC (your choice; one has no advantage over the other for the way you are using it).  Most large hardware stores will have 8 to 10 feet lengths of it in sizes between 1½ to 3 inches.  If you can find it in 2½ inches, perfect.  Ask the hardware guy to cut off a 3-foot section for you so you can fit both pieces in your car or carry them on a bus.  Some ideas how to make a simple pole holder (as well as further fishing uses) are below.






You don't have to stop here.  Small pieces of pipe a couple inches long are ideal for making rod racks:


You are limited only by time and your imagination.   So, one more tip.   If you want a perfect way to store or carry three or four rods and save money, try 4-inch perforated drain pipe for under $4.   You will have a solid protection, aerated to combat odor and mold, and you won't have to shell out up to $100.  An angler's funds should be free for (in a perfect world) the daily expenses of dedicated fishing.

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