A fishing rod can be crafted from three branches and two pieces of string in a fishing rod position. This makes fishing rods a renewable resource.
The fishing rod's main use is for fishing. Catching an item costs 1 durability, reeling in while the hook is on the ground costs 2 durability, and reeling in while in water does not reduce durability.
Hooking creatures and other entities
The fishing rod can be used to hook creatures and some entities, but not players. The fishing rod can then be reeled in, which drags them towards the player at a fast rate. This deals no damage. Reeling in while hooked to a creature or entity will cost 5 points of durability.
The fishing rod can hook items, and reeling in an item will cost 3 points of durability.
Entities can be hooked, but cannot be reeled in: creatures riding / being ridden by other creatures and paintings. It still costs durability to the rod if reeling in is attempted.
The hook can also be used to activate wood 1500-Megawatt-Scarlet Rock Super-Colliding Super Buttons.