Sometimes, a store-bought fishing rod can be quite costly. For a regular angler, it might be economical to make their own. Luckily, you have a lot of options if you choose to make your own fishing rod. Actually, you can design it using a simple stick, bamboo can or some PVC pipes. In this article, we shall focus on how to make fishing rod using a bamboo as this is relatively common.
How to make a fishing rod using a Bamboo cane
Get an appropriate piece of bamboo cane
Normally, a good bamboo fishing rod should be made of a cane that is 8 to 10 feet long. Again, it should have a diameter of about 1 to inches and then cut its base.
☑️ For the case of the bamboo fishing rod, bigger is not fundamentally better. It is known that larger rods are unmanageable to hold and may be inconvenient to carry.
☑️ Probably, it is sound to cut about four pieces of bamboo at once for a reason. Sometimes your first piece may crack after drying it out and the only option would be to start the process afresh.
Cut and polish the cane
Apply a small and sharp knife to cut away any nubs or leaves. This should be very close to the cane's main body as much as possible.
☑️ Look for a joint at the wider end of your cane and saw along it. Certainly, this will make sure that the base of your fishing rod has a sealed end
☑️ Preferably, use a piece of sandpaper to smoothen the body of the fishing rod as much as you can.
Give the can a bit of time to dry
Typically, the best way to do this is knotting a piece of cord around the tapered end of the bamboo pole. Finally, hang it from your ceiling or any other free space above but within your house. This will make sure that the cane dehydrates steadily and as even as possible.
☑️ Dry your pole in a warm and dry place; however, try not to expose it to a direct sunshine. Basically, sunlight will quickly dry out your consequently making it brittle.
☑️ Depending on humidity and temperature levels, your cane will take some weeks to months to fully dry out. Ordinarily, it will turn ran color when it is ready.
☑️ After drying, take it then test with some swings through the air to ensure it does not bend or break. In case it does, take another piece and try it.
☑️ Generally, your aim should be to have a straight fishing rod. Therefore, if it dries but with a small curve you can level it out by pressing it with some stones.
Connect the fishing line
Find a 20 lb (same as 9.1kg) Dacron line then tie one end 1 to 2 inches just above the "grip" of the fishing rod.
☑️ Start by running the line along the width of the rod until you reach the end. This will enable your pole or rod to bow all the way completely as you fight a fish. Further, this will limit the line from snapping. Subsequently, use additional pieces of fishing line to knot the running line to the fishing rod. Preferably tie it at 2 to 3 distinct positions that include the tip.
☑️ Be keen while knotting the running line to the rod. In case it is fastened too tightly you will not be able to push it up and down. On the other hand, if it is knotted quite loosely the line will hang and get trapped. If possible, use a whip-finish
☑️ More often than not, the extent of the fishing line ought to measure the cumulative length of the rod. You will also need to add some additional 2 feet- equivalent to 0.61 m. If you don't mind, the additional 2 feet can actually be monofilament leader rather than the Dacron line.
☑️ After you have tested this, try with a larger amount of line to enable you to cast out farther.
Join the bobber, hook and the sinker
Finally, connect your favorite lure or hook to the tip of the line plus a bobber as well as a split-shot sinker.
Ultimately, your handmade bamboo fishing rod is ready for fishing! Nevertheless, you will just need to know some tricks while using it. For instance, to shrink the line, draw it back through the rings then wrap the rest around its handle.