How To Make Fishing Rods In The Wild
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You’ll Need:
Find a living tree branch 6 to 7 ft. long and about the diameter of your thumb at the widest end.
Break off the branch from the tree, then break it again to the desired length either by leaning the branch against the tree trunk and cracking it with your boot, or by pushing the wide end into the ground and snapping the branch at the point where it is buried in the dirt.
Cut away shoots, side branches and leaves with your pocketknife so you are left with a tapering pole.
Strip away any tendrils or offshoots from the vine by pulling it slowly through your closed fist. You’ll want a line between 10 to 15 ft.
Tie the line about midway down your pole and wrap it 3 to 4 times along the length of the pole toward the tip. If the pole breaks while you are fighting a fish, the line will immediately fall into your hands and you’ll still have a chance at landing a meal.
Tie the end of the line around the tip of your fishing pole with a simple overhand knot to hold it securely for casting.
Tie a barbed hook to the vine if available, otherwise carve a hook from a V-shaped piece of green stick with your pocketknife.
Carve a groove into the end of your makeshift hook where the eye would normally be located. This groove will give you something to tie the vine onto and make it hold fast.