How To Make a Fishing Rod | Step-By-Step Guide & Parts List

Do you want to know how to make a fishing rod? If so, you’re in the right place! Building your own fishing rod can be a financially savvy and fun activity to do! We have made a 6-step instructional guide on how to make a fishing rod.

Just follow these simple instructions, and you’ll have a self-made fishing rod in no time!

What you’ll need:

  • Wrapping jig
  • Burnisher
  • Scissors
  • Hot melt glue
  • Drying motor
  • Handle
  • Winding checks
  • China marker
  • Masking tape
  • Reamer
  • Soot-free heat source
  • Pliers
  • Flexible epoxy
  • Thickened epoxy
  • Razorblade
  • Thread
  • Guides
  • Reel seat
  • Butt cap
  • Brushes
  • Triangular file
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Sandpaper
  • Tape measure

If you are uneasy buying separate items on your own, many sites offer rod building kits that will come with all the necessary materials. This instructional guide will reference the listed items, though.


Here’s our step-by-step guide to making your own fishing rod!

1. Find the blank spine

First, you will need to find the blank spine. The spine of the blank is where the blank naturally bends. Knowing where the spine is located will allow you to place the rod’s features in a way that maximizes the rod’s strength.

You find the spine by deflecting the blank and rolling it back and forth on a flat surface. Move your hand along the blank until you find a flat spot. This spot is the spine. There may be more than one spine, but you will want to find the most pronounced one. Mark the backside of the spine with a marker.

2. Install handle

Next, you need to install the rod’s handle. The handle is where you hold your rod. To install the handle, you will need the cork, reel seat, winding checks, thickening epoxy, masking tape, and a reamer.

Using the spine’s location, place the handle items next to the blank and mark their locations with your marker. Ream out the handle and test the cork sizing until it fits snuggly on the blank. You may have to repeat this step several times before the cork hole is the proper size.

Mix equal parts of the thickened epoxy and apply the mixture to the blank. Spin the cork handle into place over the mixture, place the butt cap at the end, and slide on the winding check.

Using a paper towel soaked with isopropyl alcohol, wipe away the excess epoxy. Slide on the winding check, apply epoxy, and wipe away any excess epoxy.

3. Install reel seat

After the handle is in place, it’s time to install the reel seat. Using masking tape, make an arbor to support the reel seat and liberally apply epoxy. Slide the real seat over the epoxy and arbors. Remove any excess epoxy between the reel seat and handle.

Before applying the final seat piece, put masking tape around the reel seat’s threads. Doing so will prevent the excess epoxy from ruining the threads. Once the tape is securely in place, slide the final piece on the blank, remove excess epoxy, and place the winding check. Use the isopropyl alcohol-soaked paper towel to clean away any excess epoxy.

4. Install tip top

Then, you need to install the tip top. To attach the tip top, you will need hot melt glue, a razor blade, heat source, and pliers.

Before using any glue, you will want to test the guide sizing. Once you know how much excess space there is between the tip top and blank, cut several slivers of glue. Insert those glue slivers into the guide and gently heat the guide to melt the glue inside. Place the tip top on the blank and twist it into place.

5. Install the guides

After the tip top is in place, it’s time to install the guides. To prepare the guides, you will need sandpaper and a file. Simply file the guide feet and smooth them with sandpaper. The guide feet should be smooth and contour to the blank.

Before placing the guides, use your measuring tape and marker to measure and mark the guide locations. Once marked, tape the guides in place with your masking tape.

As for the wrapping jig, you will need clippers and a burnisher.

Wrap the thread around the blank twice and advance it over the tag end. Clip the excess. Keep wrapping and use the burnisher to keep the thread wrapped tightly.

When the thread reaches the masking tape on the guides, remove the tape and continue winding the thread around the blank.

Create a separate loop out of the thread and insert it into the tightly wound thread. Continue winding the thread around the blank until it reaches the foot. Cut the thread and feed it through the separate loop. Pull tight to secure and cut the excess thread. Smooth the wrap with the burnisher.

Make sure the guides are aligned before moving to the next step.

6. Apply finish

Finally, you will need to apply finish and dry your self-made fishing rod. To finish the rod, you will need drying clamps, flexible epoxy, and a brush.

Clamp the drying motor and stand to a table and insert the rod. Measure the flexible epoxy and mix 2ML of each. When combining the two, make sure to stir gently to minimize air bubbles.

Turn on the dryer and start applying the epoxy with a brush to the thread wraps. Be sure to put epoxy on the guide foot.

Gently apply the soot-less flame over the epoxy finish to thin it out. Remove any excess with a clean brush. Let dry for 24 hours, and your rod is ready to go!


Learning how to make a fishing rod can be an affordable and fun pastime. Using our 6-step instructional guide, you will feel the pride of catching a fish on your self-made rod in no time!