How Do You Make a Kayak Fishing Rod Holder?

Kayak fishing rod holders are an essential item for any kayak angler, as they allow you to keep your rods or lines out of the way while still being accessible when needed. A kayak fishing rod holder can be easily made from PVC pipe, making it both durable and affordable. The following steps will guide you through the process of making a kayak fishing rod holder.

Step 1: Gather Materials
You will need the following materials to make a kayak fishing rod holder:

  • 1” PVC Pipe
  • PVC Connectors
  • PVC Adhesive
  • Drill and Drill Bits
  • Screws and Screwdriver
  • Tape Measure

Step 2: Measure and Cut the PVC Pipe

Using a tape measure, measure and mark the length of PVC pipe you will need for your kayak fishing rod holder. Using a saw or other cutting tool, cut the pipe to size. Make sure your measurements are accurate as this is essential to ensure that your kayak fishing rod holder is secure.

Step 3: Assemble the Rod Holder

Once you have all your pieces cut to size, use PVC connectors to join them together. Use PVC adhesive to ensure that they are securely joined together. Once all the pieces are connected, use a drill and drill bits to create holes in each end of the PVC pipe for securing it onto your kayak.

Step 4: Secure the Rod Holder onto Your Kayak

Once all the pieces are connected, it’s time to secure your new kayak fishing rod holder onto your kayak. Using screws and a screwdriver, attach the rod holder onto your kayak in a location that is easily accessible yet out of reach of waves or other obstacles in the water.

Step 5: Test Your Rod Holder

Now that you have assembled and secured your new kayak fishing rod holder onto your boat, it’s time for a test run! Put some rods in place and take it out on the water. Make sure everything holds up securely before taking off on longer trips.


Making a DIY kayak fishing rod holder is easy with just some basic materials. With careful measurements, strong connectors and secure screws, you can have your own custom-made rod holders ready for any adventure on the water.

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Emma Gibson