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Survivalist DIY Fishing Kit

Fishing was one of my favorite things to do when I was young.  Growing up in Florida, I had the chance to fish in lakes, rivers, and the ocean.  I had some good fishing gear, but I also remember using tree branches and hand lines (for some reason).

Making it out alive in an extended survival situation is going to come down to having the food and water that your body requires.  Identifying edible plants, hunting, and fishing are skills everyone should know, and those that don’t will wish they did when they find themselves in a true survival situation.

Fishing is one of the easiest and most efficient ways of gathering food.  Our friends over at The Survivalist Blog share instructions on assembling a do it yourself fishing kit.


The start to your DIY fishing kit will be hooks, line, and sinkers.

1. The line should be 25-50’ of heavier test, 8-10lbs+. In a survival situation the last thing you want to do is give the fish a fighting chance! Using a hand-line or young sapling pole means you will not have as much room to play the fish, which in turn means that there is a greater chance a larger fish will snap your line.

2. Carry an assortment of smaller hooks. A large hook will catch a large fish, but might be too large for a smaller fish to fit inside it’s mouth. A smaller hook will catch a large fish and a small fish!

3. Include re-usable weights that can be tightened and loosened easily on the line with your teeth. While you can fish without weights, this can help present your bait in a far more attractive manner and allow you to land the fish that saves your life!

Now that you have the basics covered, how about some additional items that increase your odds.


1. Artificial Flies and Lures. You will not always be able to find live or natural baits. Some simple dry or wet flies, or a spinner or two, are items that can make a difference in you catching a fish or not!

2. Salmon Eggs. Everything in the water loves to eat salmon eggs, these little round balls are generally great at bringing something into shore.

3. Floats or Bobbers. In murky water, without a modern fishing pole, it can be difficult to see when your bait is being attacked. A few simple floats will allow you to track your bait! I like to use the foam floats, if a plastic float cracks it will be useless, but a foam float can take a beating and still function!

Finally, the author recommends carrying your fishing kit in a zip-lock bag or maybe a nylon stuff sack.  Throwing a couple of extra survival items in the bag makes sense as well.  Something like matches/lighter, para-cord, and a knife could really come in handy.

Best of luck, have some fun, and let the DIY fishing kit bring back some great childhood memories like it did for me.

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