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There are literally thousands of fishing rod holders on the market for you to choose from. Whether you’re searching for wall mount fishing rod holders to keep your equipment stored away safely while you’re at home, or fishing rod holders for boats so that you can enjoy your time out on the water without a single worry in mind, you have plenty of choices to sift through. How do you even begin making a decision, and how can you determine which kind of fishing rod holder is right for you?

What to Look for in a Fishing Rod Holder?

Fishing rod holders are great because they help anglers to keep fishing rods where they are supposed to be. Also the design and size of the boat plays a crucial role for the type of holder you will need to have as well as the mounting option to be used. Here are factors to consider:

Bestseller No. 1
Brocraft Tackle Rack Fishing Rod Holder Rod White (5-Rod Poly Black Rod Rack)
  • Deluxe Tackle Rack holds for rods
  • Space-saving rod rack features integrated slots for two pair of pliers and knife storage
  • Mounts directly on your boat, truck or wall
SaleBestseller No. 2
Rush Creek Creations Round 16 Fishing Rod Rack - Fishing Pole Holder and Storage, Wood Grain...
  • UNIQUE FISHING ROD STORAGE: Round fishing pole rack stores and displays up to 16 rod and reel combos (rods not included)....
  • HANDCRAFTED WOOD POST: Durable wood grain laminate makes for a traditional looking rod rack to blend in seamlessly with your...
  • EASY ACCESSIBILITY: Includes a solid 2-piece wood center post at the perfect height for your fishing poles. Store your rods...
Bestseller No. 3
YaeMarine Fishing Rod Holder 316 Stainless Steel Fishing Rod Rack 3Tube/4Tube/5Tube/6Tube Mirror...
  • 【High quality】: Made of marine grade 316 stainless steel,mirror finish,corrosion and rust resistance.
  • 【Easy installation】: Gimbal pin rod stopper,vertically mounted,easy to mount to wall, yacht or boat: Wall side...
  • 【Great construction】: Rolled top and bottom edges - no sharp edges;Solid construction - no moving parts. Gimble pin rod...
Bestseller No. 4
KastKing Fishing Rod Holder, 24 Rods Rack Silver Black
  • STURDY QUALITY and light-weight aluminum fishing rack that's easy to assemble and occupies minimal floor space.
  • PROTECTS and ORGANIZES a rod collection of up to 24 fishing rods. 24 rod rack is great for any type of fishing pole. The 12...
  • ADEQUATE spacing allowing for your rods not to overlap each other while storing them in the same vicinity.
Bestseller No. 5
M80 TX 3 Pack - Aluminum Telescopic Fishing Rod Holders for Bank Fishing (Green)
  • Unique slit for fishing line to pass between the rod holder with less restriction
  • Simple, but effective design that fits most terrain types with precise placement
  • Thick aluminum shaft with a tapered point gives the rod holder a sturdy base and provides confidence in landing a huge bite...
Bestseller No. 6
Coolnice Rod Holders for Bank Fishing - 2 Pack
  • Omni-directional adjustable rotary knob, loos the nut to make 360°rotate the head and fix to the direction you wanted,...
  • UNIVERSAL FIT: 1.5" width, enough to adapting to general most rods like spinning, casting and spincast rod
  • Tapered shape drill rod construction easily goes into mud, sand, rock cracks and stands sturdy and strong, rubber coated...
Bestseller No. 7
Cobra Storage Garage Door Fishing Rod Holder Rack - 21"
  • 21 inches to fit most 4 Panel Garage Doors
  • Each package includes 1 set of Cobra Racks with clamping hardware on standard garage door panels. Insulated panels require...
  • Made in the USA with durable, high strength ABS material
SaleBestseller No. 8
Rodeel Fishing Tackle Backpack, 2 Fishing Rod Holders, Large Storage,Backpack for Trout Fishing...
  • 【Large Storage Space】The fishing backpack features a front-loading tackle box, have a zippered entrance for large items...
  • 【Space for Tackle Trays】The backpack can handle 4 large tackle trays. The backpack’s front cover can fold down to give...
  • 【Durable Material】Made of 600D Polyester material with heavy duty zippers and buckles, this fly fishing pack is ideal for...
Bestseller No. 9
Rush Creek Creations Round 16 Fishing Rod Rack - Fishing Pole Holder and Storage, Bass
  • UNIQUE FISHING ROD STORAGE: Round fishing pole rack stores and displays up to 16 rod and reel combos (rods not included)....
  • HANDCRAFTED WOOD POST: Durable camo themed rod rack blend in seamlessly with your décor. Beautifully crafted, the fishing...
  • EASY ACCESSIBILITY: Includes a solid 2-piece wood center post at the perfect height for your fishing poles. Store your rods...
Bestseller No. 10
KastKing Patented V15 Vertical Fishing Rod Holder – Wall Mounted Fishing Rod Rack, Store 15 Rods...
  • KEY FEATURES - Store up to 15 fishing rods or fishing rod and reel combos in less than 18” of wall space – Innovative...
  • STORE 15 RODS OR COMBOS – The KastKing V15 vertical fishing rod rack can store up to 15 rods or combos in less than 18...
  • INNOVATIVE DESIGN – This innovative fishing pole rack is simple and easy to use. Simply push the rod firmly into either the...

Saltwater versus fresh water

Rod holders are available in various types including fiberglass, ABS plastic, nylon, zinc, chrome, stainless steel and plated brass.  Fiberglass and nylon don’t corrode, but they are very unstable as compared to metals. Chrome-plated glass and stainless steel holders are ideal for fishing in rough water due to their rigidity to withstand rod motion when trolling or running in a seaway. Plastic and fiberglass are great options for anglers with small budget.


Removable versus fixed

Most heavy fishing rod holders are fixed because you can install them in holes as long as the design of the boat or they are attached to a vertical platform such as cabin sides. If your vessel cannot accommodate fixed roaders, or it is small, the consider removable holders that can fit into small, vertical brackets. With this setup you can install and uninstall faster when it is not in use.

Pivot, flush and swivel

These ones are meant to ensure the rods remain vertical or at an angle of 30 degrees. The holder is placed in existing holes in the gunwale. High end products in stainless steel or chrome have vinyl liners for rod butt protection. If you are looking to catch fish, then you should consider rod holders that feature swivel or pivoting because they let the rod rotate under side pressure, reducing the risk of frayed fishing line. For clamp-on mounts, they are very versatile. So, you need to attach then to a vertical stanchion or frayed fishing, and this makes them ideal for stern push pit.

Fishing Rod Holders Materials

First and foremost, you can narrow down all of your options in a snap by considering the material. Wooden fishing rod holders, for instance, offer a combination of both durability and good looks. They serve their purpose, and they do it with a nice design to encompass it all. But, wooden fishing rod holders are often a bit pricier than their plastic counterparts. They’re also heavier, which means you should consider a lighter weight material if you are looking for bank fishing rod holders or any type of holder that will be traveling with you.


Now, for fishing rod holders for trucks and other instances where you won’t be moving the holder once it is mounted, the weight of the material likely won’t be a consideration, but you’ll still need to keep the following factors in mind when you are looking at the various materials available out there:

Plastic is both lightweight and durable, but it can crack if bumped into or strained too much. Certain plastics can also fade overtime, which is something to consider if you’re looking for a SUP surf fishing rod holder or if you plan to mount your fishing rod holder in any place where it will be regularly exposed to the sun. While the fading color won’t necessarily affect the product’s functionality, it can affect the overall aesthetic and look of your fishing equipment. Whether or not that is important is up to you.

Most higher-end fishing rod holders do feature some sort of fade resistant coating, but you can avoid it all together if you choose wood, metal, or aluminum material. Wood tends to be the most visually appealing material available on the market, but it’s not as strong or durable as metal counterparts. It can also fade when exposed to sunlight and, if not properly treated, repeatedly getting it wet (especially with saltwater) can cause the wood to become misshaped or bow. It also tends to be on the heavier end of things, though not as heavy as metal.


Metal is the strongest and most durable material you can find when it comes to fishing rod holders, but you need to keep rust in mind as pretty much the only negative factor associated with it. Weight is also a consideration though. Metal is typically used for single rod holders, like those that may be permanently mounted on your boat for easy use out on the water. This type often comes in flush mount design that looks very sleek and is less likely to break off or cause problems (you will have to drill out a section of your boat, though, in order for it to sit down into it).

Obviously, the material used is coated and treated in a way that it should be resistant to fading, discoloration, and rust, but some lower-end/”budget friendly” holders begin seeing these issues within a few months or a year due to poor quality manufacturing. That’s why it is very essential that you do your research and read reviews.

Types of Fishing Rod Holders

There are multiple types of fishing rod holders out there. You might need one for your boat, your truck, or for your paddleboard. There are also ice fishing rod holders, kayak fishing rod holders, and bank fishing rod holders so that you can enjoy hands-free fishing anywhere. For storage and travel, you’ll also be able to find wall mount fishing rod holders (for your home, garage, or storage shed) along with roof rack fishing rod holders. This guide categorizes rod holders in the following categories:

Freshwater rod holder

Rod holders that are made of nylon or fiberglass are great enough when you are fishing in freshwater. They are also ideal for people with small budget because they are affordable. They do not rust or corrode, but are not as strong as metal rod holders.


Saltwater fishing rod holders

As for fishing in saltwater, consider stainless steel, brass material or aluminum zinc. Chrome brass and stainless steel are preferable because they don’t corrode that easily as opposed to other metallic materials that are used more in rod holders.

Clamp on rod holders

These types of holders are attached to existing holders to ensure the rod is vertical or at 30 degrees’ angle. Also, you can drill holes into your kayak or boat to fit the holders in any way you like. If you want to catch big game, consider a pivoting base because it makes it easy for the rod to rotate and move. However, these are ideal for pontoon boats, kayaks or boats.

The best thing about clamp on fishing rod holders is that they are versatile and ideal if you don’t know where you should mount your rod holder. You can clamp it anywhere, and if you can do it, you can as well remove it.  On the other hand, flush mounted holders can be attached with rod holders and sealed with marine silicone. Deck mounted are easy to mount because you need to drill several holes where you want to put the rod holder. They are angler’s favorite because they are available in a broad variety.


Rod Holders Cost

While you are looking at your options for a fishing rod holder, you need to consider the cost of the item. Obviously, everyone is working with some kind of budget, but you should keep in mind that most fishing rod holders are going to be a one-time purchase or, at the very least, you shouldn’t be expecting to replace them anytime in the near future. For that reason, you should likely justify spending a little bit more on them than you may have planned in order to get the highest quality, most durable, and most functional product.

If you keep these things in mind, finding the right fishing rod holder for any application won’t be difficult at all!

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