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Simple Fishing Rod
Category Equipment
Repairable With None
Size 1x9 (9 Slots)
Weight 670 g (1.48 lb)
Absorbency 80%
Locations Must be Crafted
Rarity Unknown
A piece of rope tied to a stick. This marvelous invention can be surprisingly useful, provided some bait is available.
~ In-game description

The Simple Fishing Rod is a tool which can be used to catch fish when equipped with bait.

The rod is made via crafting by combining a long wooden stick with a rope.

With bait attached, it can be used to fish in both freshwater and saltwater - thus, the simple fishing rod can be used to catch carp, mackerel, sardines and bitterlings.


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  • The Simple Fishing Rod was previously named the Improvised Fishing Rod from its addition to the game in Alpha 0.52 in 2014, until Beta 0.63 in late 2018, where it awaited reimplementation into the game. The Simple Fishing Rod eventually returned alongside reworked fishing in 1.06 in late 2019.
  • The rod can be disassembled into its component parts by holding it in hands and applying a Knife to it. There is a chance that this will give you back either the Rope, Stick, both or neither as it has a chance to fail.
  • Unlike the Fishing Rod which can be collapsed into a smaller item: the Simple Fishing Rod can only be stored in either of the player's two (2) weapon slots as it counts as a long weapon.
    • In comparison: the wait time between hooking catches is a few seconds slower than the Fishing Rod.