Original post made on 19 September, 2002 When I was a kid, my dad used to make this type of rod holder for bank fishing on the canals where we fished. They work great for lakes too, stick it in the ground so your rod sits at the angle you want. After seeing some of the expensive rod holders that screw into mounts on boats, I thought this might be an inexpensive alternative. I have never tried it, but I think it would work. In sandy banks it has a tendency to turn with the weight of the rod, but I’ve never had this problem otherwise. It cost me $2.19 and some time to make it. Well, here goes: Whats required: 3/8" steel rod (I think it’s 3 feet long.- I bought this at the local Ace hardware store for $2.19. You could make it with any diameter steel rod that will fit your needs. My dad used to make them with ½" I think. The tools I used are a vise, 3 lb hammer, propane torch, a short piece of conduit and a 3/8 X 16 standard thread die. Start with the rod in the vise as shown and heat the entire bend area until it is nearly red hot. Make sure you heat each area to be bent, or the rod will crack. Then bend the rod around the conduit so that it is fairly close to a 180 bend. You may need to heat it as you go, so it doesn’t crack the rod. You can make it as close or open as you want it for your fishing rods. Then take the end you just curved and put it in the vise and bend the rod as shown. How far you bend this part will determine how much of an angle your rod will be at when the rod is straight up and down. Then place the rod in the vise with the bends already made in the position shown. Then bend the rod as shown in the next picture, this bend will also affect how the rod sits in the holder. Place the rod in the vise with the bends as shown and bend it around the conduit until it is almost a 180 bend.