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We Couldn’t stop at just flies. now carrying everything but the fish!

Do It Yourself Rod Holder

DIY Magnetic Fly Rod Holder


I’ve created this step by step tutorial for any of you have found it inconvenient to have to break down your fly rod when moving from one area of a creek or stream to another in your vehicle. I am an avid fly fisherman and I often move around from one spot to another especially on my Spring and Fall Steelhead trips out to the Lake Erie tributaries or up at the Salmon River in Pulaski NY for the Salmon run. This is not an original design, just an adaptation of others I have seen on the internet.

This rod holder is made from common materials you can find at your local big box home improvement store and local craft store. It will hold 4 fly rods. It is as simple as can be and easily constructed and assembled by anybody with the least amount of mechanical skill. On a difficulty scale of 1 to 5, I would give it a 2.

This rod holder is not recommended for highway driving. I’ve tested it to 50mph which is much faster than I would need to go moving from place to place anywhere I fish. The magnets are rated up to 65lbs each and I think they would hold at higher speeds but I paid way too much for my gear to risk damage or total loss. So, here it is. I’m sure many of you might do it a little differently but hey, as long it works right?

Shopping list:

Qty. 1 -¾" - 4’ section of schedule 80 PVC pipe

Qty. 2 - ¾" PVC "T" connections

Qty. 4 - ¾" PVC end caps

1 piece of ¼" allthread at least 2’ long

Qty. 4 ¼" nuts and washers

2 heavy duty round magnets used for hanging pictures (min 65# capacity)

4’ of ¼" bungee cord (I used 4-10" x ¼" bungee cords and cut the ends off)

Black craft foam from the craft store (optional)

Weldwood contact adhesive for foam (optional)

PVC glue, Gorilla glue or whatever you have that will hold the PVC together once assembled

The following pages explain how to cut, drill and assemble the rod holders. I suggest waiting to glue any parts together until you fit everything first. These rod holders are very useful and cost under $15.00 to make. I cut, drilled and assembled this one (without the foam) in about 40 minutes and 3 beers. Of course, if you wanted to drag it out and have a few more beers you could. I hope you all enjoy this project as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you.

Tight Lines,











Step 1:

Cut 4 pieces of PVC to 6-3/4" in length

Step 2:

Cut one piece of PVC to 2-1/2" in length

Step 3:

Cut 1 piece of PVC to 1-1/4" in length

Step 4:





Cut 2 pieces of the allthread, one @ 4-1/2" and 1 @ 3-1/2"













Step 5:




Cut 4 pieces of ¼" bungee cord to 10" in length, burn ends to keep from fraying













Step 6:





Drill out the rivets on the hooks on the magnets, these should be ¼" holes once the hooks are removed. If not, drill out to ¼"












Step 7:

Drill a ¼" hole through the center top of both "T" connections

Step 8:

Drill a 3/8" hole in the end of all 4 end caps as close to center as you can

Step 9:








Drill a 3/8" hole all the way through both sides of the PVC ¾" from the end of all 4, 6-3/4" pieces of PVC










Step 10:






Insert 6-3/4" pieces into "T" connection with hole towards the "T". Align holes with the hole on top of "T"










STEP 11:








Insert 2-1/2" and 1-1/4" pieces into the bottoms of the "T"









Step 12:






Install magnets to bottom of "T" connectors using the allthread and 4 nuts and washers, tighten all the way to seat the PVC in the "T". Make sure the nut on the bottom of the magnet does not stick out past the magnet, this could spell disaster!








Step 13:





Tie a knot on one end of each the 4 bungees and insert the other end through the holes shown up from the bottom












Step 14:






Thread the un-knotted end of the bungees through the ends of the endcaps and tie a knot at the end of the bungees











Step 15:





Pull endcaps and insert onto the ends of the 6-3/4" pieces of PVC












Step 16:





Cut foam and glue using contact cement. This step is optional but recommended to "seat" the reels on the "T" bar during transit. This is the finished product. If you were so inclined you could paint these as well, maybe a nice olive drab










Step 17:

Install onto your vehicle with the shorter one on the roof, tie down your rods and get off to fish the next hole!!!