How Do You Make a Cane Fishing Pole?

Making a cane fishing pole is a fun and easy way to get into the sport of fishing. The materials for making a cane pole are very simple, making it an ideal project for those just getting started.

With some basic supplies and a little bit of time, you can create your own custom cane fishing pole.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 piece of bamboo or rattan cane
  • 1 spool of cotton twine
  • Scissors
  • Fishing line
  • Fishing hook


  1. Cut the bamboo or rattan cane to the desired length. Make sure it is long enough to reach the water surface when standing on the bank.
  2. Tie one end of the cotton twine to one end of the cane. Cut three feet from the spool and tie it securely around the end.
  3. Thread the other end of the twine through one eyelet on a fishing reel.
  4. Attach one end of your fishing line to this eyelet and thread it through all additional eyelets on your reel.
  5. Tie your hook onto the other end of your fishing line and secure it with several knots.
  6. Replace any frayed sections of twine with fresh ones, if necessary.
  7. Test your new cane fishing pole by casting in a nearby lake or stream.

Tips: Keep extra twine on hand in case your original strands become frayed after extended use. Make sure you keep an eye on any knots that become untied as well.

If you don’t feel comfortable tying knots yourself, consider using pre-tied loops instead.

Conclusion: Making a cane fishing pole is an easy and inexpensive way to get into fishing. With just a few simple materials and instructions, anyone can create their own custom pole that will provide hours of enjoyment.

With some patience and practice, you too can master this classic pastime!

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Lindsay Collins