OK, first you need some steel rebar, sucker rod or some other type of long and strong material that you can pound into the ground as a stake. It needs to be really strong because fish are going to be yanking on it and it cannot bend. At least you hope that fish are going to be yanking on it. And it needs to be three or four or 5 feet long, depending on how high above ground you desire your rod holder to sit.
Next you need some PVC pipe, just large enough so that the bottom end of your fishing rod will fit into it. As in some other things in life, a tight fit is not absolutely essential but the tighter you can get it, the better off you will like it. And it doesn't matter a whole lot how long it is, 6 inches might be adequate, eight or 10 would be better and 12 inches might be the ideal. Kind of like the fit, an inch or two more or less is not going to kill the deal.
Then you need a couple of hose clamps big enough to fit around the PVC pipe.
All you do is place the PVC pipe at one end of your stake, put a clamp around the top of it, one around the bottom of it, and tighten.
Bait your line, toss it into the water and set the drag, insert your rod in the PVC pipe and you're done. Drink beer. Read a book. Play tiddlywinks. Play scrabble. Play with something else or look on Ebay until something starts jerking. You know what to do then. If you don't, then you need to give up fishing right now.
These will not work well with pistol grip fishing rods. You need the type of rods that are straight all the way down. And they will not pull out of the PVC pipe. Even if they are a loose fit, we have never had a fish pull one out of the holder.
OK. Now that we know how to make them, perhaps we could take those same principles and apply them to the fishing boat that we had just built. Mightn't we?
Of course we might. So we did. After all, is there any among us that desires to go fishing and wants to go to the trouble of holding the fishing rod the entire time? I thought not. That is simply too much work. Fishing is difficult enough all by itself, who wants to invite even more stress into their life. Who needs that?
Will he be able to pull it off? Can he do it? Or is this simply too much to ask of a modern child, brought up on gummy bears and game boys?