How Do You Make a PVC Pipe for a Fishing Pole?

Creating a PVC pipe for a fishing pole is an exciting project that can be accomplished with the right tools and materials. With the right supplies, you can make a durable and reliable fishing pole for a fraction of the cost of buying one.

Gathering Your Supplies

The first step to making a PVC pipe fishing pole is gathering your supplies. You will need two 10-foot lengths of 1/2-inch PVC pipe, two 1/2-inch PVC elbows, one 1/2-inch PVC tee fitting, one 1/2-inch PVC cross fitting, one 5-foot length of 3/4-inch PVC pipe, four 3/4-inch PVC elbows, two 3/4-inch slip caps, four 5/16 x 2 inch lag bolts with washers, four 3/4 inch x 7 inch lag bolts with washers and nuts. You will also need sandpaper for smoothing the edges of the pipe after cutting and thread seal tape for sealing connections between the pipes.

Cutting The Pipe

Once you have your supplies gathered together you will need to cut your pipes down to size. Begin by cutting each 10 foot length of 1/2 inch pipe into three equal pieces measuring 33 inches each. Next cut the 5 foot piece of 3/4 inch pipe into four equal pieces measuring 18 inches each.

Assembling The Fishing Pole

Now it’s time to assemble your fishing pole. Start by connecting one 33 inch piece of 1/2 inch pipe to one elbow fitting then add another 33 inch piece and another elbow fitting. Repeat this process until you have two sections that measure 6 feet in length each with an elbow on either end. Connect these sections together using a 1/2 inch tee fitting then add the cross fitting on top for extra stability.

Now take one 18 inch piece of 3/4 inch pipe and attach it to an elbow fitting then add another 18 inch piece and another elbow fitting before connecting it to the 1/2 inch tee using a slip cap on either side. This is where your rod will rest when you are not using it so make sure it is securely attached. Finally attach the remaining two 18 inch pieces of 3/4 inch pipe to the cross fitting on top using slip caps on either side for extra stability when casting your line out into the water.

Finishing Touches
Once your fishing pole is assembled you can begin adding any finishing touches you would like such as wrapping tape around certain areas or adding padding or rubber grips to make it more comfortable while in use. You may also want to drill some holes in either end so that you can attach handles or reels if desired. Be sure to sand any rough edges left over from cutting before putting it into use and wrap thread seal tape around any connections that may come loose over time due to wear and tear from being exposed to water or salt air when out on the ocean or lake fishing.


Making a PVC pipe for a fishing pole can be a rewarding experience that saves money while still providing quality results if done correctly with enough attention paid to detail during construction and assembly as well as any finishing touches added afterwards such as handles or reels. With proper planning and preparation, anyone can have their very own custom made fishing pole in no time!

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Emma Gibson