Building Your Own Hand Rod: 7 Steps To Your Own Hand Rod (guide)


Again and again we get the demand from our readers how to build a hand fishing rod by yourself.

Therefore we have decided to describe this topic a little bit more exactly and to go into it in detail.

Since pictures usually say more than words, photos should illustrate the process of creation. Here we go.

The aim is to make a slightly modified display fishing rod with the dimensions (10 x 2 x 0.3 – 0.5 cm) + fishing line with light lead, pose and middle hook.

The suitable wood

First you need some wood. In order to build your own fishing rod we recommend wood which is easy to work with and therefore often has a low weight. Excellent results can be achieved with cedar, yew or Douglas fir.

The choice should be made by everyone for himself. When buying the wood, make sure that the dimensions are larger than the final version. With the dimensions 15 x 8 x 0,5 cm (length x width x height) you won’t go wrong.  Also the wood for the construction should be dry and not start to splinter so quickly.

Which tool is needed?

Once you have found the right raw wood, you can start working. You can work with the following tools:

  • Mitre saw
  • Wood rasp (half round 200 mm, cut 1)
  • Sand paper (grain 120 + 180)
  • Hammer / nail or cordless screwdriver with narrow drill head
  • Ruler / Angle
  • Pencil

Since the wood we used was already a little older, we had to bring it into the desired (rectangular) shape. Also to prevent unevenness within the wood.

In order to be able to build the hand fishing rod ourselves, we used a mitre saw to roughly make the appropriate division. Of course you should make sure that the target dimensions (10 x 2 x 0.3 – 0.5 cm) are not undershot. The following picture illustrates the further processing.

Building a hand fishing rod by yourself – rough grinding & fine grinding

Now comes the time to make the final dimensions (10 x 2 x 0.3 – 0.5 cm). Use the angle, a tape measure/ruler and a pencil to roughly sketch the division on the wood.

Afterwards the mitre saw is used again to build the finishing rod or hand fishing rod yourself and to make it fit exactly. Afterwards the wood can be roughly worked with the file to remove rough splinters. Also the surface can be roughened with the flat side of the semicircular file. This also makes the surface structure a bit more fine-grained.

From rough sanding to fine sanding

Now the fishing rod can be sanded further to the desired thickness with the wooden arrow. The edge of the fishing rod should also be sanded. The aim is to refine the surface structure and further enhance the final shape.

Also the coarser-grained sandpaper (grain size 120) can now be used for the first time. This further refines the surface and grinds it to the desired thickness and size.

In particular, corners and edges can now also be sanded and rounded off. This results in a pleasant wearing and holding comfort later.

The following is a side view:

Building a hand fishing rod yourself – the line run

In order to create the line run and thus prevent the line from slipping, a concave should now be created on both sides. You should now use the half round side of your wood file to achieve the desired effect.

It is important that you place the file in the middle to ensure a central line run later.

To further refine the line you should now switch from the concave to the convex shape of the hand hooks. You can achieve this by using the straight part of your wood file. You can also refine the surface of the file by using the coarser sandpaper (grain 120) and then the less coarse sandpaper (grain 180). Your goal should be to have a pleasant and “soft” feeling when holding the file. Sanding can take half an hour to an hour.

Fishing line attachment

So, the hand fishing rod building procedure should be in its last moves now. It is now important to drill a hole to fix the fishing line properly later. To do this, you should use a hammer and nail (if you don’t have a cordless screwdriver at hand) to carefully make an impact a few centimetres away from the line.

After that you have to remove the nail carefully to avoid possible breakage. The easiest way to do this is with a cordless screwdriver and a small wood drill bit. Afterwards you should again remove and remove micro splinters with the fine-grained sandpaper.

This will prevent the fishing line from roughening up at this point.

Building a hand rod yourself – the assembly

Now you should attach your fishing line. Pull the fishing line through the previously made hole and join the end with the fishing line over the line run. You should use as strong a fishing knot as possible.

You can also start with the assembly now. In the picture we have used the following materials:

  • Fishing line 0,25 mm monofilament
  • 12 hook
  • big pose (small pose also possible)
  • small shot lead

After the assembly the hand fishing rod is finished. Congratulations 🙂

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