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Old 09-15-2021, 02:08 PM
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Default Rod Storage-Pole Barn

I am looking for ideas to store rods above my boat in a pole barn with 14 foot ceilings. Any ideas or pictures would be appreciated!

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Old 09-15-2021, 02:21 PM
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Notch some PVC and hang them horizontally.
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Old 09-15-2021, 02:51 PM
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I put boards up and took a 2" hole saw and cut holes in the boards about 12" apart in my pole barn for some of my rods but I have about 25 or 30 rods. but I only had one end and a few on the back side I could use because of all the junk I have in my pole barn.
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Old 09-15-2021, 03:19 PM
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Old 09-15-2021, 04:22 PM
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Take some plywood, and build a box that is long enough for all of the rods.

For long term storage, remove the reels and lay all of the rods in the box tip to rod butt. That way you can get about 40 rods in a pretty small box. By keeping the rods covered and flat, they will stay in excellent condition.

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Old 09-15-2021, 06:40 PM
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Not sure what the nature of the pole building is, i.e., mouse-proof, but if vulnerable, I'd be a bit concerned in that rod handles with a trace of salt, or other smell stuff might end up being a target. Just sharing my thought.

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Old 09-15-2021, 10:40 PM
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That is one of the reasons that I suggest that you make a vermin proof box to lay out all of the rods that need to be stored.

Also, it is not a bad idea, before storing the rods, that you take them to a laundry tub and using simple green and a hand scrub brush and a tooth brush - scrub all of the rods, including the grips and reel seat. Also the length of the rod to get off any crusted on fish scales. This also tends to eliminate any salt from the sea or hands that attract the vermin.

If you decide to do a horizontal storage - do not use two or three mounts along studs for the storage. Rather use a guarenteed flat shelf, to insure that keeping the rods on the shelf does not put a bend in any of the rods being stored.
If you de decide to store the rods vertically and are hanging them from the tip end; do not do this if the reel is still on the rod. The weight of the reel over a long period of time can deform the rod in the are just past the reel seat and front grip. Rather, if storing vertically and hanging them from the tip - remove the reels and all lines and terminal tackle first.

Store all of the reels in a separate sealed tight box. Also, before storing any reels, be sure to fully release and or back off all of the drags on all of the reels. If you store a reel with heavy drag left on the rod, the long storage can screw with the capability of a good smooth drag when it is needed - when landing a trophy fish.

Some people will store reels horizontally on the rafters over head. That is all right, if you first put down boards, so that you have full support for the entire length of the rod. Then, also put on a 2nd layer of plywood a foot or so above the rods to minimize the accumulation of dust on the stored equipment. Or, at the very least keep a plastic sheet or tarp over the rods to keep them clean.

For myself, I bring all of my rods indoors. Remove all reels, line and tackle from the rods. Give a thorough cleaning to the rods and later during slack winter time clean and relubricate all reels. Then, all of the rods are stored in a 10 foot long box on a flat shelf with a top on the box to keep the rods clean and free of issues.

But, to each his own.

Be safe in the off season, as well as in the on season.

Best wishes

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Old 09-16-2021, 12:02 PM
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I used a 2 x 4 x 8 and drilled alternating holes that were 1 1/2" and 5/8". Once I got all of the holes drilled, I cut the board down the center so I had the two rod holder pieces with grooves for rod butts and tips. I used all thread to suspend my rod holder from the ceiling at just the right height. By alternating the direction of the rods, I can get more than enough rods above my boat.
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Old 09-17-2021, 08:59 AM
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I used vinyl covered ceiling hooks screwed into boards for my garage. I stained the wood before install. I have a lund crossover. Just ended up the right height to grab the rods off. While standing in the boat. With 14 foot high ceilings. You would have to space the rods down more. The most solid thing would be using lumber to space them down. Otherwise the mentioned all thread or chains. That would wiggle around more when you are getting your rods out. Spacing for the hooks depends what reels you have. Spinning reels pretty close. If you have large level wind salmon type reels. Spacing would be more. I just picked some up at a hardware store. Just make sure you get wide enough openings for your rod butts. https://www.amazon.com/Ceiling-Inche...1886126&sr=8-4
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Old 09-18-2021, 06:08 PM
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Newbietroller has a great solution and way less work than REWs suggestion. I pretty much have the same solution and its extremely convenient.

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