How to Make a Truck Bed Fishing Rod Holder

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Many fishermen travel back and forth from their favorite fishing spots in a pickup truck. Fishing rods and reels can become tangled as they bounce in the back of the truck during the trip. A better way to transport fishing rods is to build a fishing rod holder that sits in the back of the pickup truck. These holders prevent rod and reel damage and stop tangled lines. Almost any fishermen with a pickup truck can build a rod holder with common household tools and materials purchased at any home store.

Items you will need

  • 1 PVC pipe, 1 1/2 inches diameter by 10 feet

  • 1 board, 2 by 4 inches wide by 8 feet

  • Utility saw

  • 24 wood screws, 3 inch

  • Cordless drill

  • Drill bit

  • Measuring tape

  • Marking pen

  • Hook end bungee cord

  • Flathead screwdrivers

  • Phillips screwdrivers

Carefully measure the width of the pickup truck bed with the measuring tape. Use the utility saw to cut the 2-by-4 inch board to a length approximately 3 to 4 inches shorter than the measured width of the pickup truck bed. Cut the remaining piece of 2-by-4 inch board in equal pieces. Use the screwdriver and wood screws to attach these pieces to each end of the longer 2-by-4 inch boards, making two T-shapes.

Mark the PVC pipe at 12-inch intervals, using the measuring tape and marking pen. Use the utility saw to cut 10 to 12 inch pieces of PVC pipe.

Use a marking pen to make marks on one side of the 2-by-4 inch board that was cut to the width of the pickup truck bed. The marks should be equidistant from each other and be approximately 10 inches apart. The number of marks will vary, depending on the width of the pickup truck bed. Make additional marks on the opposite side of the 2-by-4 inch board. Each mark should be staggered half the distance between the original marks.

Place and lock a 1/4-inch drill bit in the cordless drill. Drill two holes in each of the 12-inch pieces of PVC pipe. Place one hole 1/2-inch from the end of the pipe and another hole 2 inches from the end. Each hole should be drilled completely through the PVC pipe.

Place a 12-inch piece of PVC over a mark on the 2-by-4 inch board. Align the bottom edge of the PVC with the bottom edge of the 2-by-4 inch board. Put a 3-inch wood screw through each hole in the PVC and drive each screw into the 2-by-4 inch board with a screwdriver until the PVC is tightly secured to the 2-by-4 inch board. Accomplish this until each piece of 12-inch PVC is attached to the 2-by-4 inch board at one of the marks. When complete, there will be approximately 10 pieces of 12-inch PVC extending upward from both sides of a 2-by-4 inch board base.

Place the 2-by-4 inch board base in the desired location. Use a cordless drill and drill bit to drill a small hole in the bed of your pickup truck at the edge of each T section of the 2-by-4 inch board base. Place the hook on one end of the bungee cord in one hole and stretch the bungee cord across the length of the 2-by-4 inch board base. Place the other hook in the other drilled hole. The bungee cord keeps the rod holder in place and allows for easy installation and removal.

Set one rod handle in each 12-inch piece of PVC.