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Ep 02: Flush Mount Rod Holders

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Ep 02: Flush Mount Rod Holders   Photographs by Gregg Crisp

Most “angler” edition kayaks come from the factory with flush-mount rod holders already installed. What do you do if you have a standard kayak without them, or you decided to purchase the “standard” model so you could save some coin and install them yourself? Luckily, flush mounts are easily installed in just a few minutes with some basic tools.

In this episode I install flush mount rod holders on my wife’s kayak. One of the first things to decide before you start to cut into your kayak is what you’re going to use the rod holders for. If you troll with them, you may want to install them at different angles than if you’re using them only to store your rod or net.You also need to determine what access you have to the interior of your kayak. If you don’t have access, you need rivets. Take your time and remember to measure twice and cut once, and you’ll have your rod holders installed in no time.

The materials for this project can be found at local kayak shops or online retailers.

  • 2 – flush mount rod holders
  • 8 – machine screws with washers and nuts or tri-star rivets
  • Marine Goop or 100% silicone sealer

The tool list is also pretty basic.

  • Saw for cutting the kayak (I like a rotary saw (i.e. RotoZip) for this, but it can also be accomplished with a hole saw on a drill.)
  • A drill and properly sized drill bit for the screws or rivets you’re using
  • Marking pen or pencil

The first step in this project is to locate where on the kayak you want the rod holders, and mark the spots. Then, carefully cut out the marked location with the rotary saw.

Installing a kayak fishing rod holder

Next, you need to mark and drill the holes for the screws or rivets. I like to mark and drill the first one, then replace the rod holder and mark and drill the opposite corner. Then I drill the last two holes. After that, apply the silicone sealant to both sides of the gasket, and slide the rod holder through the gasket and into the hole. Fasten the rod holder to the kayak with screws and nuts, or with rivets if you don’t have access to the inside. It is that easy.

finished kayak fishing rod holder

The YakAngler Workshop is a series of articles and videos that I am putting together with tips, tricks and how-to ideas centered around kayak fishing. In these articles, I hope to share with you not just how I do things, but why. I’m also looking for your participation with requests and ideas for new episodes. If you have an idea or suggestion, please post it in the YakAngler Workshop Suggestions forum. As with most things in life, there are multiple ways to do things, and I will be presenting one or maybe a few ways to do a project. Please join the discussion in the comments below so everyone can share their suggestions and ideas. We’ll see you out on the water.

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Gregg Crisp

About the Author:

Gregg Crisp has been an avid fisherman all of his life. In 2007 he rented his first kayak and discovered kayak fishing.  A year later a new one was in his driveway and he has never looked back. He frequents the waters around Boston in search of Striped Bass, and also spends plenty of time chasing Black Bass in the sweet water.  As an environmental contractor he has traveled and lived all over the United States, having fished in over 20 states. He currently resides in New Hampshire with his wife and two sons. Gregg authors the Blog YakFish.net, is part of the Yak Angler, Werner PaddlesRat-L-Trap & YakDaddy.net  ProStaff and is a member of the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team.

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