Ceiling-mounted rod racks are easy and cheap

ceiling-mounted fishing rod holders

While we’re on the whole floor space issue, I’d strongly recommend considering ceiling-mounted rock racks in your fishing shop. I’d like to say I came up with this idea on my own, but I didn’t. The old carpenter from whom I bought this house used to store lumber with ceiling-mounted galvanized pipes, floor flanges and elbow fittings (click here for an entire article explaining how to make them). I was about to rip ‘em out one day until it clicked in my head, “You dummy, these things are perfect for storing extra rods.”

Sure enough, they work awesome and in the next few weekends, I’m probably going to make and install two or three more. I hate tripping over stuff while I’m walking around my shop so any opportunity I have to get things off the floor, I’m going to take it.

If you strategically mount these racks above your boat, it’s even better. Instead of hopping into and out of your boat when you’re getting ready for a fishing trip or tournament, you can simply stand up and quickly grab what you need. This whole project might cost you $40 or so and you don’t have to be especially handy to get it done. It’s an easy DIY project that’ll save you a lot of hassle in the long run.