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By on October 1, 2012, with 36 Comments

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!

Deceptive Fishing Rod Optical Illusion


36 Responses
  1. Fredrock says:


    • NAH says:

      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.

  2. jeppis says:

    It is the upper one. pretty easy to solve with piece of paper.=)

  3. Rick says:

    The top rod wins. Just lay a straight edge along each rod and the top rod is the only one that extends past the sign.

  4. Cooper says:

    The top one you can check by using some sort of straight edge and see for yourslef.

  5. Dave says:

    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.

  6. LafinJack says:

    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.

  7. Roos says:

    right hand one. ..it says…allowed by order

  8. itsdave says:

    Nice, easy enough to figure, I guessed the correct one, then proved it, I was right… 1 in a row :)

  9. Jeff says:

    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.”

  10. Care Bear says:

    Why is there a shark in the pond and why is this guy smoking?

  11. Snabela says:

    Even with the warning to check the other pages I will still say the pole in his right hand…

  12. Sasa says:

    seems the lower so it’s the upper :-)

  13. Annie says:

    I see it ! I didn’t cheat by measuring it with a piece of paper…of course not :-/

  14. Sakura says:

    I think it’s the first line.

  15. taz says:


    Worst illusion ever…

  16. Dalip says:

    Its the second one, since it’s the pondergoff illusion

  17. David says:

    If you squint you can see it’s the top rod

  18. Roosie says:

    It looks like the bottom one fits but actually it’s the top one! Very cool though – :D

  19. breandan says:

    Um, held a business card up to it. Was that cheating?

  20. Dunkle says:

    He is holding only one rod. If he were holding two rods we would see the line of the opposite bank between the rods.

  21. Hypersapien says:

    These things are actually pretty easy if you tilt your head so that the lines are vertical.

  22. RangerJim says:

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

  23. dj says:

    the fishing rod in the right hand is the longest.

  24. ShaneM says:

    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.

  25. Crazy says:

    He is olding one fishing rod with both hands

  26. Loy says:

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

  27. anonimo says:

    the second one

  28. micheal says:

    i would have to say its just one rod as you cant see the shoreline between the rods, if there were two.

  29. Sharkey says:

    It is only one rod (in my opinion) the handle is just huge…he is holding it with both hands, or he is holding the reel.

  30. LEXY says:

    it is only one rod,the problem is from the drawing.

  31. zach says:

    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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