How to make your own DIY PVC Fishing Pole

Keeping with the recent trend of outdoors pvc projects, and particularly pvc fishing projects, we bring you this PVC pipe Fishing Pole project. This is a full sized fishing pole that will hold a traditional reel. These pvc poles are a simple project that you can build for under $10. This pole casts great and gives you good control when fighting a fish. If you are looking for a smaller, more compact, survival style fishing rod, check out our diy pvc fishing survival kit.  And don’t forget to build a pvc rod holder to organize and store all of your fishing poles.


PVC Fishing Pole Parts List

For this diy pvc project you should be able to get everything you need (except the reel) for $10 max.  You can use an old spincasting or baitcasting reel, or buy a new one from the store.  Remember to try to match the size of your reel to the pole you make for best results.  For this project you will need:

  • One 3/4″ x 14″ long piece of pvc pipe
  • One 1/2″ x 4′ 6″ long piece of pvc pipe
  • Two 1″x 1 1/2″ long pvc rings
  • a fishing reel of your choice

Tools Needed

  • angle iron to ensure straight cuts and proper alignment of eyelets
  • bandsaw or jigsaw
  • blow torch to heat tip for bending
  • tape measure
  • rough grit sandpaper or file to smooth edges of cuts
  • hand held power drill


  • another rod (to measure distance between eyelets)


Building your DIY PVC Fishing Pole

With the proper tools, this is actually a fairly simple pvc project that can be completed in an hour or two.  The video below does a great job of walking you through the steps to build this pvc fishing rod.  If you want to use a spinning reel instead of the spincasting reel seen in the video, just flip the rod over so that the open part of the rod sections is facing down instead of up as seen in the video.

Have fun building the rod and hopefully even more fun catching fish with it.  Thank you to Greg from Michigan for suggesting this project.  If you enjoyed this, check out some of the other pvc sporting goods projects and diy pvc fishing projects here at