DIY Overhead Fishing Rod Holders

As fishermen, it seems we can never have too many rods. Manufacturers make a fishing rod for just about every occasion these days. There are trolling rods, casting rods, jigging rods, spinning rods… The list goes on and on.

At the end of the day, most of us have a pile of fishing rods sitting in the basement or garage and a wish-list for more!

Storing all of those fishing rods can become a challenge and if you don’t store your fishing rods in an out-of-the-way spot, there’s a good chance they will get damaged.

Like so many others, I have too many rods to count and I’ve found the most affordable and best way to store all of the fishing rods is to use bike hooks that screw into a piece of wood and hang from the ceiling of my garage.

It’s super easy and much cheaper than buying a pre-built rod rack. I take two 2×4’s and screw in a row of bike hooks. This is the backbone of your economical rod holder.  Pre-drill for the bike hook threads and measure the distances evenly.

Once you have the hooks screwed into the wood, you can easily mount the 2×4 to your garage rafters or the ceiling of your storage room. Make sure to tie them into the studs in several places because that many rods can get heavy.

To make it easier to get the rods up and down, I built a tool so I don’t need a ladder each time I want to grab a fishing rod. I took a 2-foot long dowel and insert a U-shaped tool hanger onto the end. This tool makes it much easier to put the rods in a ceiling-mounted rod holder.  Make several to increase the odds you can put your hand on one when you need it.

Put the rod butt in one hook and use your extension to put the rod tip up into the opposite hook.

This makes getting rods totally out of the way a cinch, that way you can buy more!

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Capt. Scott Goodwin
Capt. Scott Goodwin started fishing in the lakes of Kentucky where he grew up. A move to Florida, however, brought him into a whole new realm of fishing. After receiving a bachelor's degree in biology from Eckerd College, he decided that he liked catching fish more than studying them and thus began ...
Here's an idea-I live near Buffalo, NY, generally 7-8 hrs drive to the Ocean. Bought a used Ford E-250 work van, took out the shelves and such. Got a bunch of seat belt strapping from a junk yard, and used that for overhead racks for rods. Put in 3 rows of belting with self tap screws in the cross struts using a Coke can for measurement . Used 8" between rod centers, which worked. Make sure screws are not too long to poke into roof (1/2 inch worked for me) You can get 8-'9' rods in the middle, shorter rods to the outside. Insert the rods into space between 2 and 3 straps, and slide back to get them on the first strap. The belts are soft enough to prevent damage to the rod shafts while on the road.