There are several advantages as to why you should try fishing with your very own rod. Both expert fishing enthusiasts and starters have found ways to improvise on equipment essentials and get themselves the DIY versions. Fishing rods from the store can be quite expensive, and even if you have one, the choice of using an improvised one prevails especially if it is a small-time catch.
Another benefit of using a DIY fishing rod is honing your primitive skills a lot. These types of homemade equipment can challenge the way you cast in preparation for catching fish since it will be less automated than the advanced ones bought from stores. Plus, it is used in case a fishing pole isn’t of easy access. It is not difficult to make this, and the raw materials can simply be around nature, like bamboo canes. Here are the steps.
The ideal measurement is between eight to 10 feet long and around two inches in diameter. First, cut the bamboo cane at the base. It is recommended to cut up to four bamboos at a time, in the event that your first piece breaks after you have dried it out. Also, bigger ones are suggested since it can be difficult to hold and transport.
Trimming and smoothing
Then, the bamboo cane must be trimmed and smoothened out. You may use a small, sharp knife to trim any leaves around and as proximate to the main portion of the bamboo. Saw through a joint at the thicker end to make sure that the butt of the fishing pole constitutes a closed end. Afterward, smoothen out the body of the fishing rod by using sandpaper.
The drying out process
You must be able to dry out the pole. Initially, tie a string around the narrower end of the rod and suspend it from the ceiling to make sure that the drying process is even. There are certain reminders though:
- Let it remain in a warm, dry place but do not expose it directly to sunlight to avoid brittleness.
- The bamboo cane may take a few weeks to several months to dry out completely. As the color turns to tan, this is an indicator that it is ready for use.
Once you see that the bamboo cane is dry, remove it from the ceiling and test by swinging through the air, making sure that it is strong enough not to bend or break. It is also advised to weigh the fishing rod with bricks if you notice a slight curve.
Attaching the fishing line
You will need some 20-pound Dacron line for this particular step. Tie one end of around two inches above the bamboo fishing rod’s handle. Then, run the line through the length until you reach the end. It will let the pole bend gracefully during fishing, preventing instances of snapping along the line.
Afterward, get some pieces of fishing line and use them to tie the running line to the road at two to three distinct points, with the tip included. Tie the running line with the right pressure, not too tight and too loose. An option is to use a whip-finish.
Take note, the line’s length from the tip of the fishing pole should measure the pole’s overall length, with an additional two feet. You can also use a line measured in longer lengths for farther casting out of the rod.
Set the hook, bobber, and sinker
Finally, attach the hook at the end of the fishing line, alongside your bobber and sinker. For shorter distances, pull the line back through the loops and simply wrap this pulled backline around the handle. Your DIY fishing rod is ready! Not only you have the store-bought equipment, but you can now vary your fishing activities with different types of fishing gears.