How Do You Carry a Fishing Pole When Backpacking?

Bringing your fishing rod when you go backpacking is always a great idea, especially if you plan on spending some time in the great outdoors. It’s an enjoyable way to spend your days, and can be a great source of sustenance if you’re relying on foraging for food.

However, it can be difficult to figure out how to carry a fishing pole when backpacking. After all, it’s not like a tent or sleeping bag that can be strapped or slung over your back; you need to find a way of carrying it that won’t take up too much space or weigh too much. Here are some tips for how to carry your fishing pole when backpacking.

Backpack with Fishing Pole Holster

If you are serious about bringing your fishing rod with you while backpacking, the best option is to get a backpack with a built-in fishing pole holster. This type of pack will have designated compartments specifically designed to hold rods and reels while still allowing plenty of space for other gear. The compartments usually have straps and clips that secure the poles in place, so they won’t move around while you’re hiking.

DIY Fishing Pole Holster

If you don’t want to buy a new backpack just for the sake of carrying your fishing rod, there are other options available. You can make your own DIY fishing pole holster by using a few straps and clips from an old pack or by purchasing them from an outdoor store. Simply strap the holster onto the outside of your backpack and attach two loops at either end that will secure the poles in place during transit.

Rod Tubes

Another option is to purchase or make a rod tube – a lightweight cylinder that is designed specifically for carrying rods and reels in one piece. These tubes usually come with shoulder straps so they can be worn across your body without adding too much weight or bulkiness. They are also less expensive than buying a new backpack with an integrated holster.


Regardless of which method you choose, it is important to remember that safety should always come first when packing and carrying any type of equipment while backpacking. Make sure that whatever methods you use to carry your fishing poles securely holds them in place and doesn’t add too much weight or bulkiness so as not to impede on other necessary items needed for survival in the wilderness.

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Michael Allen