For many, fishing is the perfect hobby. Spending a sunny day out on the water, locked in a battle of strength and wits with underwater beasts, is an unbeatable way to spend a weekend. Sometimes, though, the weather doesn’t cooperate, the fish won’t bite, or you just can’t make it to the fishing hole for some reason. Nevertheless, you can still get your fishing fix at home with these DIY projects. Use this guide to add to your arsenal of fishing gear to get you ready for your next day out.

Simple Fishing Pole

Making your fishing pole can be a great way to explore the simple origins of fishing. Using a simple rod-like that was created almost 40,000 years ago, will give you a deeper appreciation for the remarkable technology that goes into making high-quality rods today. Alas, this project will only take a couple of moments but can make lasting family memories. Watching your kids catch their first fish is a special milestone. It is made even sweeter when it’s with the simple rod you made together! Knowing how to make a simple fishing pole is also an essential skill in a survival situation.

For this DIY project, you will need:

  • A flexible stick
  • Fishing line
  • A hook

Fishing Lures

Assorted colorful fishing lures

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A good tackle box is stocked with lures for any occasion and any fish! Spend some fishing downtime creating your lures to make sure you are prepared for your next big fishing trip. Simple things found around the house can easily be transformed into DIY fishing gear with some patience and a pair of pliers.

To make your lures, you will need:

  • Tin snips
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire
  • Hooks
  • Super glue
  • Anything else shiny or attractive around the house (paint, beads, bottle caps, feathers, or frayed cord)

The simplest lure is created with just a shiny bottle cap and a hook. For something more complicated, use the tin snips to cut out lures from things like pop cans or pie plates. Use wire or super glue to attach feathers, beads, or a cord to create shiny and attractive lures. But, don’t forget to attach a hook with super glue. You can add paint to create patterns on your lures that mimic bait fish. Make sure to punch a hole or attach a wire loop, so the lure can be attached to your fishing line.

Mini Tackle Box

Mint tin tacklebox

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There is nothing worse than coming across the perfect fishing hole and realizing you don’t have your fishing gear. Having a spare tackle box or two stashed in the car or at the office will make sure you are never caught without your gear. More so, you can make this simple tackle box quickly and easily to keep all your hooks, lures, and bobbers organized.

You will need:

  • A small tin or box, like a mint tin
  • An old gift card
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Popsicle sticks

To get started, cut your gift card to fit neatly inside your tin. Use the hot glue to attach popsicle sticks to the card to create a box. Furthermore, add popsicle sticks to divide the box into smaller sections. Use more glue and popsicle sticks to divide the bottom of the tin into sections as well. Now you have a mini tackle box, complete with a pull-out tray, that will fit in your pocket. Fill it with lures, hooks, and more to create your perfect portable tackle box.

Rod Holder

DIY PVC pipe fishing rod holder

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Keeping your collection of rods organized can be a challenge. You want to keep everything ready to easily grab and head out for a day of fishing, without cluttering up your space. This DIY project will make sure your lines are never tangled while your rods are neatly stashed in your garage or shed. This project will only take a few minutes and requires simple materials and the ability to use power tools.

You will need:

  • A 2 × 4 piece of wood, cut to 2 feet
  • 6 feet of 4 inches of PVC pipe
  • A hacksaw
  • A drill

Use the hacksaw to cut the PVC pipe into 1-foot pieces. Use a drill and some long screws, to evenly space the pieces of PVC pipe out and attach them to the 2 × 4. Screw the 2 × 4 to the wall of your garage or wherever you store your rods.

Go Fishing

Having the right gear is an important part of fishing, and these DIY fishing gear projects will help you get more hands-on when it comes to your fishing gear. Making your fishing gear is a great way to spend a rainy day or bond with your family. It can also help save you money and make sure you are prepared for any situation. Take these DIY fishing gear tips and get crafting, so you can go fishing!