Make a Fishing Rod for Kids!

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Make a Fishing Rod for Kids!

Look in the water and you’ll see plenty of fish! Although they’re fun to look at from above, they’re even more fun to catch! It’s easy to find an inexpensive rod and reel at a local tackle shop or hardware store.  But what can you do if you forget your rod at home? We’ve decided to put together a fun activity for kids, so that way next time you’re outdoors you can grab these simple supplies and get fishing!

Do you want to get warmed up? Check out this video of some of the biggest fish caught in the world!

To be able to make your own fishing rod, it can be accomplished in 5 easy steps. Here are the supplies you’ll need:

• willow or bamboo branch;
• 6-12 lb fishing line;
• pruning saw – Ask an adult for help!

Follow these steps to building your own fishing rod (click the images to see full size):

 

Step 1: Ask an adult to help you carefully cut a narrow (1-2 inch thick) flexible, but strong branch from the tree. It should be about as long as you are tall – so if you’re 4 feet tall then the branch should be 4 feet long too.

 

 

 

 

Step 2: You will need to measure 2 inches from the thin end of the willow stick. Mark this spot with your knife.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Now you will need to tie your fishing line on to the end of the rod making sure it is weighed into the notch you have just made in the rod. In the image, we show you the knot with thick line to show you the type of knot you will need. A round turn 2 half hitches will do the trick with thick or thin line (to see a list of different knots, click here). You can see the finished knot tied with the fishing line in the image.

 

 

 

Step 4: Now it’s time to attach the hook to the fishing line. This is really important as most of the tension will be on this knot. So we have taken a minute to practice the lure knot. Maybe you should too. Click on the diagram below to see how:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Now that you have practiced, tie your knot, check it twice and get outside and try some fishing! Be careful, and bring an adult along with you.

 

 

 

 

 

You’re done! Curious about the types of fish you can catch? Here are some great resources:

1) Types of Fish

2) Fish Species in Canada

3) Discover Fish

What does your fishing rod look like?

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