Deceptive Fishing Rod Optical Illusion

Were you aware we had #Tests category, where you can try and solve all kinds of interesting illusions and puzzles? It’s one of my favourite sections on this site! Anyway, here’s another vintage puzzle that fits perfectly in our tests category. So what is happening here? You can see a fisherman who is holding two fishing rods in his hands, where only one of them is long enough to surpass the warning sign. Can you guess which one is it? Are you absolutely sure? Better check this¬†and this first. I’m sure someone will help us, and create solution picture and then post it inside the comments. But let us try and figure it out ourselves first!

36 Replies to “Deceptive Fishing Rod Optical Illusion”

    1. It is only one rod. It is the line in his other had and just a bad drawing. Why would he have two rods in his hands. He could not control two with those grips and he could never reel them in or set a hook if he had a bite.

  1. The top line! A straight edge will prove it. I believe that the eye gets distracted by the horizontal lines of the sign and “slides” a little while mentally tracing a path behind the sign making it look like the bottom line is the one that extends beyond the top of the sign.

  2. Is the illusion that the rod is behind the sign, and the bobber seems to be in front of the sign? Because that’s kinda meh because the bobber could easily float back that way.

  3. It is difficult to judge, but considering the angle of the sign, the man’s location on shore and the sign’s distance from the shore, it seems highly suspect that either of his fishing poles would be able to pass behind the sign, as this illusion asks us to believe.

    That said, perhaps he just has one fishing pole with two handles that extend from his hands and then connect in a large, unwieldy rectangular shape that is exactly the same size of the border of the sign, when viewed from the angle we have hear. The handles then reconnect and terminate into one “end” of the fishing pole with the line attached

    Or, perhaps the entire sign itself is a component of his fishing pole, which seems even more unlikely. Then again, this was “vintage.”

  4. Easy – just tilt your head to the right so that both eyes are parallel to the two poles/lines, and it becomes obvious.

  5. I thought it was actually one rod, with him holding the line with left hand…. At least that’s the way alot of people fish (not with a cork though – when tight-lining). Never seen anybody hold two poles like that. Then the narrowing of the pole makes the line and pole converge to the tip past the sign to the upper left.

  6. The easiest way is to tilt your head (or the screen) such that the fishing rod is horizontal. The solution immediately becomes obvious.

  7. Trick question i suspect. There is only one rod. It is thicker at handhold then thinner towards the tip/business end. The line is tied to the business end/thinner end. So really the two black rods are an outline to confuse. He is not holding either yet both ;)

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