How To Make Your Own Hook Keeper (DIY Fishing Rod Hack)


One of the biggest mistakes people make with their fishing rods is storing their hooks in the rod guides.

This can bend or nick them, and since your line is going through them, you definitely don’t want to do that.

The obvious solution to stopping that is to store your hook in the hook keeper…

But what if you don’t have a hook keeper?

There’s an easy solution for that!

In this video, you’re going to learn a simple way to make your own hook keeper.

It’s cheap, quick, and you can use items you probably already have around the house.

Check it out below!

DIY Hook Keeper [VIDEO]

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Here’s what you need to make this hook keeper:

To make this hook keeper, just put the zip tie through the split ring and then fasten it to your rod.

The two places I like to attach it are:

  1. Where the original hook keeper was (if it broke or rusted off)
  2. Below the rear grip if you have a split grip rod


split ring hook keeper

This DIY hook keeper can help save your rod guides from getting bent or nicked, and it’s really cheap and fast to make.

Have any other hacks or tips for fishing rods?

Let me know down in the comments.

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Chris Smisek
1 year ago

melt the zip tie end with a lighter to take the sharp edge off of it.

Guy Mendoza
1 year ago

Hello Fisheads! There are zip ties in the 6” range that have a loop incorporated in them.

Mostly used by boat riggers to secure wire harnesses.

Tight lines Gents!

Steve Miller
1 year ago

Good idea Tony! I just use a small rubber band.

Joe Files
1 year ago

Many thanks for the tip. I used a swivel because that’s what I had. Works just as well and perhaps better.

1 year ago

If you cut (scissors, knife, wire cutters, etc) you will leave a sharp edge that will catch and cut on everything. An old electricians trick is to use a pair of pliers and grab the tag end inline as it leaves the lock end of the zip tie. Make a few turns and the tag end comes of leaving a smooth and rounded nub. Much better!

1 year ago

Would recommend using a razor knife to cut the zip tie flush. If not cut flush it will slice your finger.

Jean Long-Thomason
1 year ago

Great tip. Thanks

Joe Piojda
1 year ago

Dude. Flush cutters. Zip ties are damn near arterial.

Patrick Harrington
1 year ago
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Jack W Tunnell
1 year ago

You need to get some flush cut wire cutters. That little tail is waiting to take your blood. Cut it flush and protect yourself. Flush cut wire cutters are cheap and plenty good enough at Harbor Freight.

Marty Gum
1 year ago

Great idea Tony! Thanks


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