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How to Hang Fishing Rods on Wall

Whether you are a long-time fishing pro or a fishing novice, you will still want to have more tips about storing or hanging your fishing rods on the wall without damaging them.

So, how do you hang fishing rods on the wall?

We’re sharing all the tips to keep your fishing rods in pristine condition and ready for your next fishing trip or adventure.

Why is fishing rod storage necessary?

The most crucial reason why fishing rod storage properly is vital is to protect your rods against damage and assist in prolonging their lifespan. Although the rods have incredible strength when reeling in a fish, they are delicate and vulnerable.

A damaged rod can cause nicks and cracks in your guides, leading to line snapping and losing your catch.

Your fishing gear will also last longer if you properly store and maintain your fishing rod and prevent it from bending.

How to store fishing rods

We have a variety of ways that you can use to store your best fishing rods, depending on the available storage space at your home.

With horizontal and vertical racks to choose from, there are wall-mounted stands to keep the rods off the ground. You can also use ceiling-mounted displays if you do not lose valuable floor space.

If the floor space is enough, vertical storage racks are ideal for displaying your rods collection and tend to be much easier to reach and rest your fishing rods on.

Is it better to store your fishing rods horizontally or vertically?

You can store your fishing rods vertically and horizontally, as long as the storage system provides proper support for the fishing rod.

However, it is recommended that fishing rods be stored vertically, resting on the butt of the handle. Hanging your fishing rods vertically can be more practical and better if you have enough floor space.

Vertical racks can make your fishing rods more easily accessible than horizontal racks. They keep the fishing rods at floor level and within easier reach.

If you choose to store your rods horizontally, you should have at least three support across the length of the rod so that it does not put a curve in your rod. You also need to remove the weight of the reels from the fishing rods.

If you are keeping your reel and line on the rod, it will be a good idea to ensure your line is not pulled too tightly. This can cause pressure on both your line and the rod. Cleaning the rods before storage will also assist in maintaining them, which leads to better performance and an extended lifespan.

You can clean the rod by wiping off all dirt using a damp cloth. You should avoid using solvents or storing your rods in places where they will be exposed to the elements, such as poor weather and sand.

Is it bad to store fishing rods horizontally?

Your rods are delicate. Therefore, you would not want to store them in a way that might damage these fishing rods in the long run.

You probably have seen horizontal rod storage and thought it might work well for your wall space. But is it bad to store your rods horizontally?

As outlined above, you can store fishing rods both horizontally or vertically as long as your wall storage system provides proper support for the fishing rods.

Therefore, instead of worrying about the direction you store your rods, it is more vital to ensure the fishing rods are dry and clean and the line is loosely pulled before you store or hang them. This will prolong the life of the fishing rods, so they are ready for action when you need them. 

How to hang fishing rods on a wall

There are many options for hanging your fishing rods on the wall. Both horizontally and vertically options work well, as long the rod is supported correctly. You can buy a storage solution from a website or website. You can also build your own wall storage solution.

No matter the route that you take, make sure  that you follow the following tips;

  • Store the fishing rods in a clean and dry environment
  • Avoid extreme temperatures. The rods should be stored inside if you live in a region with extreme cold or hot temperatures.
  • Cut off used or old fishing lines
  • Loosen the fishing line
  • Lubricate the moving parts if you are storing the rods for the season.

Although there are many inventive ways that you can use to store fishing rods on a wall, here are some of the general DOs and DON’Ts to keep in mind;

  1. Do not put your fishing rod in direct sunlight. Although you might spend the whole day on the water with your fishing rod, that does not mean it should be exposed to constant or direct sunlight while it is in storage. Prolong the life span of your fishing rod by keeping it away from direct sunlight.
  2. Keep the rods dry. Most rods have handles made of foam or cork, which can rod and mold easily if exposed to too much moisture. Play safe and keep the rods out of damp and humid areas of your wall.
  3. Store fishing rods off the ground. If you store them off the ground, fishing rods are less likely to mold, get damaged, or rot. Therefore, the fishing rod holders or rod rack should be hanging at least one foot above the wall floor.
  4. Keep the rods away from falling objects. You might presume that the rods are safe, and then a can of dried beans tumbles off a higher shelf, breaks the fishing rod, and breaks your heart. Therefore, hanging the rods away from objects that might fall and damage them is vital.
  5. Do not allow the fishing rod to get too cold or hot. If you stay in a place with blazing hot summer or intensively cold winter, you might want to think twice about hanging your fishing rod on the wall. The rods will last much longer in a temperature-controlled environment where they can not experience extreme temperature swings.

You now know the DOs and DO NOTs for hanging your fishing rods on the wall. But we still have to answer the question: How do you hang a fishing rod on a wall? Here is how you do it;

  • Install and align two wall shelves vertically. They should be several feet in between them.
  • Install the storage bins below the wall shelves. They will act as a floor for the fishing rods. You can use hooks to separate the fishing rods and hang them vertically.
  • Secure the vertical bike hooks or gravity hooks to the wall. You can use storage bins as the base and hang the rods vertically against the wall.
  • Purchase a pre-made fishing rod rack and keep it inside the wall cabinet to keep it away from falling objects, direct sunlight, and humidity.
  • Get a complete three-drawer cabinet or bin to store other fishing gear such as fishing wire, sinkers, hooks, etc.

What else to do while hanging fishing rods on the wall

You should remove any extra tackle, such as heavy lures remaining on the rod, as they can cause your rod to bend while hanging it on the wall.

You want your fishing rod to remain as straight as possible while hanging on the wall. It will not create a permanent bend in the end tip locations.

You should also tie your fishing line or use a hook to attach the fishing line to a guide after removing the lures. Allow the fishing line to be slightly taut but not so tight to cause a bend in the fishing rod tip while trying off to the guide.

This also enables your line not to get tangled without putting extra pressure on the rod tip or guide.

Tips for storing fishing gear

1. Free up at least one meter or two meters in the height of your fishing rod on the garage wall. It would help keep the rods separate from other equipment mounted on the wall.

2. Reels can be best protected by storing them in bags with holes so that moisture can escape.

3. Remove all fly lines from the reel and store them in coils that are not too loose but not too tight. You can store the coils in cabinets or bins that are appropriately divided.

4. Hang the fishing waders on the garage wall with hangers. This will allow free air circulation. They will also not stress the rubber.

5. Avoid storing fishing rods horizontally unless you have proper support for the bottoms and tops of the rods.

6. Avoid hanging other heavy equipment next to or above the fishing rods. If the equipment accidentally falls and hits your rods, the fiberglass or graphite of the rods can be weakened.

Jon Stenstrom
Founder & Angler
Jon Stenstrom is a fishing and spearfishing enthusiast. He's been fishing since he was 5 years old in the backcountry of Yosemite for trout and in the surf near his home in SoCal. Over the past 4 years, he's been spearfishing up and down the coast of California. He started Cast and Spear to help inspire others to get outside and chase their dream fish. Notable catches include spearing a 65-pound white sea bass, large grouper, and yellowtail down in Baja. When he's not in the water, he's usually fishing from his Gregor Baja aluminum boat or inflatable Takacat catamaran.
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