How To Make Fishing Rods In The Wild

How To Make Fishing Rods In The Wild

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Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Pocketknife

Step 1

Find a living tree branch 6 to 7 ft. long and about the diameter of your thumb at the widest end.

Step 2

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.
tree branches
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Step 3

Cut away shoots, side branches and leaves with your pocketknife so you are left with a tapering pole.

Step 4

Test the tip of your fishing rod by bending with your hand. If the end snaps off, so much the better. You’ll then have a stronger tip with what’s left.

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Step 5

Use monofilament fishing line to string the pole if you have line. Sewing thread can also be used. If nothing else is available, look for green vines in the undergrowth around bushes and tangled in ground cover. Vines must be green to have any strength, as these will be your fishing line.

Step 6

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.
natural cordage

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Step 7

Tie together two green lines for greater length by using a surgeon’s knot. The surgeon’s knot is formed by holding the two vines together at the ends and forming a loop. Push the ends of the two vines through the loop and pull tight, then cut off the excess with your knife.

Step 8

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.

Step 9

Tie the end of the line around the tip of your fishing pole with a simple overhand knot to hold it securely for casting.

Step 10

Tie a barbed hook to the vine if available, otherwise carve a hook from a V-shaped piece of green stick with your pocketknife.

Step 11

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.

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Step 12

Turn over rocks around moss and in moist, shaded areas to find earthworms for bait. Grubs and crickets can also be used.

Step 13

Bait the hook and gently swing the line into the water, targeting still pools, eddies and areas behind exposed boulders in a river. Bank fishing right near the water’s edge will also produce fish, often before the hook has a chance to hit bottom.

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