Convenient cost-effective ceiling rod storage
  |  First Published: March 2016

Over the years an angler can amass a huge array of rods and reels, especially if they are into a broad range of fishing techniques. While first string or favourite rods are often stored in the boat, other second and third string rods, the kid’s rods or rods for different types of fishing are commonly left without a permanent home. While stashing these in a spare corner is a common practice, it’s not an ideal way to store them for longer periods and can lead to damage.

If lent up in a corner, hot weather can create a slight bend in your rod. Additionally, reels drain a lot better if they are left horizontal instead of vertical after washing. Water drains out of the drag wells and other drainage points more effectively, taking any salt residue with it. Many anglers use floor standing or wall mounted rod holders and racks, however, these require quite a bit of vacant space. One area that usually isn’t used for storage in sheds, garages or spare rooms is the ceiling. Generally, there are large expanses of spare space on the ceiling ,which you can put to good use for storing your rods.

After moving to a new residence, I needed to store a few spare rods and my kid’s rods so that they were out of the way, yet at hand when required. I have made rod racks for horizontal ceiling storage before, so I decided to whip another one up and show you how in the process. These racks are relatively cheap to make, can store a decent amount of rods and reels and if you shift they are easy to remove and take with you.

The main two pine studs on which the mounting hardware is attached can be screwed to the bearers or studs in your ceiling, or in my case, attached to the underside of a small hanging storage loft suspended from the roof in one of my sheds. You will probably only need two or three self-tapping 50mm+ screws to attach them to the ceiling, but make sure you know where any electrical wiring is located beforehand and ensure that you screw into the timber studs and bearers and not just the ceiling sheeting. You can make them any distance apart that you wish, however for most of my 1.6-2.4m baitcaster, spinning and overhead game rods, I generally space the two pine studs around 1.3m apart. If you make racking for surf rods then this space needs to be greater.

The rods must remain straight when on the racks, even with reels on them, to avoid them adopting a permanent curve. When tip-to-butting your rods, I find that spacing each rod about 11cm apart is ample, however if you had large overhead reels then you may want to increase this slightly. However, the reels could be staggered a bit so that they are not sitting directly in line with each other. This spacing can be a lot smaller if you are only storing rods without the reels attached. The holder I made here will hold twenty rods and reels and costs around $55 to make in materials.

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