Fishing rods are a valuable investment. Whether they’re made of bamboo, graphite or fiberglass, there’s no denying that they’re expensive. So, it’s only natural to want to take proper care of your fishing tackle by protecting them from the elements and storing them correctly. A great way to do this is by making yourself a fishing rod bag. Not only does this ensure that your rod is safe and secure when not in use, but it also makes transporting your gear much easier. In this article, we will cover the basics of how to make a fishing rod bag from scratch. Whether you’re an amateur or professional fisherman, these instructions will help you create the perfect bag for all of your equipment.

Materials needed

When it comes to making a fishing rod bag, the materials you’ll need are pretty simple. You’ll need some fabric (preferably waterproof), thread, and a sewing machine. You can find all of these materials at your local craft store.

As for measurements, you’ll need to determine how long and wide you want your bag to be. This will depend on the size of your fishing rods. Once you have your measurements, cut out two pieces of fabric that are identical in size.

Now it’s time to start sewing! Begin by stitching the two pieces of fabric together along the edges, leaving a small opening at the top. Then, turn the bag right-side out and stitch up the opening. Finally, add any straps or handles that you want. And that’s it! Your fishing rod bag is now complete.

Step-by-step guide

Assuming you have a fishing rod and reel, the first step is to find a bag that will accommodate both. You can purchase a fishing rod bag, or repurpose another type of bag. For example, a golf club bag works well.

Next, line the inside of the bag with newspaper or another soft material to help protect the rod and reel.

Then, insert the fishing rod into the bag, being careful not to damage the guides or other parts of the rod. If possible, remove the reel and store it separately.

Finally, close up the bag and store it in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to use it again.

How to store your fishing rod bag?

Assuming you have already made your fishing rod bag, here are some tips on how to store it:

  • Firstly, make sure that the bag is dry before storing it. This will prevent mildew and other moisture-related damage.
  • Secondly, find a cool, dry place to store the bag. A closet or cupboard away from direct sunlight is ideal.
  • Thirdly, if possible, store the bag in a breathable container such as a mesh bag. This will allow any moisture inside the bag to escape and prevent condensation buildup.

    following these simple tips will help to ensure that your fishing rod bag stays in good condition for many years to come!

What supplies you will need?

You will need:

  • 1/2 yard of durable fabric
  • 1/4 yard of lightweight fabric for lining
  • Coordinating thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron and ironing board
  • 1″ wide elastic
  • 1″ wide Velcro

Tips and tricks

When it comes to fishing, there is no such thing as too much gear. But, lugging all of your equipment to and from the water can be a pain. This is where a fishing rod bag comes in handy. Not only will it make your life easier, but it will also protect your investment. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to make a fishing rod bag

  1. Start by measuring your fishing rods. This will ensure that the bag you make is the perfect size for your equipment.
  2. Cut two pieces of fabric that are equal in size to the measurements you took in step one. These will be the main panels of your bag.
  3.  Sew the two panels together, leaving an opening at the top for your rods to fit through.
  4.  Next, add any pockets or compartments that you want on your bag. This is where you can get creative and really personalize your gear storage solution.
  5.  Finally, sew up the opening and voila! You now have a custom-made fishing rod bag that will make packing up for a day on the water a breeze!

The process

Assuming you have a fishing rod and reel, the first thing you need to do is find a bag or tube that is long enough to accommodate your longest rod. You can often find these at sporting goods stores or online. Once you have your bag, put your rods in it lengthwise so they don’t get tangled. If you have multiple rods, you may want to put them in separate bags to avoid tangling.

Once your rods are in the bag, add any other items you need for fishing such as lures, bait, line, and a net. Make sure to pack these items securely so they don’t move around and break your rods. When everything is packed up, close the bag and head out to your favorite fishing spot!

Cutting the fabric

Cutting the fabric for your fishing rod bag is a relatively simple process. First, you’ll need to decide on the size of the bag. A good rule of thumb is to add about 6 inches to the length of your longest fishing rod. This will give you plenty of room to store other items in the bag, such as lures, line, and tackle.

Next, cut two pieces of fabric that are the same size. If you’re using a patterned fabric, be sure to cut them so that the patterns match up when they’re sewn together. Once you have your two pieces of fabric, it’s time to start sewing!

Sewing the fishing rod bag

Assuming you have a sewing machine and basic sewing supplies (thread, scissors, etc.), you will need the following materials to make a fishing rod bag:

  • 1/2 yard of sturdy fabric (canvas or denim work well)
  • 1/2 yard of lining fabric (cotton or polyester)
  • 1/4 yard of interfacing
  • Coordinating thread
  • A large zipper

Cut all of your fabrics to the following dimensions:

  • Sturdy fabric: 18″ x 42″
  • Lining fabric: 18″ x 42″
  • Interfacing: 18″ x 42″

    Start by ironing the interfacing onto the wrong side of the sturdy fabric. Then, place the lining fabric wrong side up on a flat surface. Place the interfacing/sturdy fabric on top of the lining, aligning all edges. Pin in place and sew around all four sides with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

    Next, create a tube by folding the sewn rectangle in half, right sides together, and pinning along the long edge. Sew along this edge with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Press the seam open and turn the tube right side out. Iron flat.


Fishing rod bags are a great way to store, protect and transport your rods when you’re out on the water. With these simple steps, we hope that you now have all the information needed to make a fishing rod bag of your own. Whether you choose to buy one or make it yourself, having a good quality fishing rod bag is essential for any angler looking for an enjoyable day out on the water. Thanks for reading and happy fishing!