A great article on making your own cane fishing pole.
Excellent project for young ones: “How to make a cane fishing pole.
Find a long straight stick (NOT a thin switch) at least five feet
long that bends slightly when pulled at one end. You want a little
give but not too much or you will never get your fish to the shore.
A stick too dry will break when you try to bring a fish in while a
stick too long or short may be difficult to handle when pulling
your fish to the bank. Trial and error is the best way to find the
right length and diameter. You might prefer a long fishing pole but
I prefer the handling of one a little shorter than my height. I
suggest you start with a length around your height making
adjustments until you find something you are comfortable with. Cut
some fishing line at least one plus a half the length of your pole.
If in doubt cut it double the length or longer. Length of the
needed fishing line depends on where you’re fishing (dock, bank,
around logs, etc) but I air on the side of caution by cutting my
line longer. Wrap your fishing line a few inches from end of the
stick several times and tie it off pulling hard to make sure the
knot is secure. Tie a hook to the other end of your line, add any
weights, bobbers, lures, etc. Add your bait then toss in your line.
If your line is to long then wrap the line around the end of the
stick a few times till you acquire the length that’s manageable for
you. This is VERY user friendly fishing gear even the kids can
craft. My kids prefer fishing with a cane pole and find it easier
to catch fish. I use smaller sticks and shorter line for their
poles. With a cane fishing pole, they don’t have to figure out how
to time the casting and the line always goes where they want it!
When they get a bite, all they have to do is snatch the pole up and
their fish is caught. Storage is simple. When you are done fishing,
either wrap the line around the pole securing the hook to the pole
or remove the fishing line, toss the stick in the woods or the
water, and place the line back in your tackle box for next trip.
NEVER toss used fishing line in the water-other fish can get
tangled, it can snag on a boater’s engine propellers, or further
endanger other wildlife. Be smart when you fish and leave the area
like you find it to preserve it for the next person” Link