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Roman Ryder
(RomanLA) - F

Locale: Southwest Louisiana
Fishing on 12/11/2008 13:26:11 MST Print View

I've been watching way too much Survivorman lately, so I've been working on my survival kit. I picked up some #4 hooks, various weights, and some 10# string today. I was thinking about setting up a couple of 1ft pieces of string with a hook and weight ready to go. Then if I needed to use them, I could just break apart some paracord and use a fisherman's knot to attach them together. I haven't done much fishing since I was a kid...does this sound like a plausible way to catch some fish?

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Fishing on 12/11/2008 13:50:46 MST Print View

Hey Roman, I am not sure if that would work are not, but check out They have a good selection of very lightweight fishing gear. Good luck with the fishing!


Edited by Creachen on 12/11/2008 13:55:10 MST.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Fishing on 12/11/2008 14:02:18 MST Print View

I've seen a ton of fish caught like that in Mexico, using a beer can for a reel.

Dennis Park
(dpark) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
fishing on 12/11/2008 15:15:52 MST Print View

If you're planning on throwing the line in and allowing it to hit bottom, I would suggest dipsey type of sinkers and tying them at the end with a hook tied in with a Palomar knot (instructions easily found by Googling). This will give you the best distance with least personal risk. If you are going to use a bobber then almost any terminal tackle setup will work. I would suggest a slip float for the same reasons as the first set up. If you're not familiar with this gear, examples can be seen on Bass Pro Shops website with similar terminology.

Forgot: If you like Les, then consider the fly rod option that he used on the episode with horses. As with most of UL gear, pay a lot more to get a lot (weight) less.

Edited by dpark on 12/11/2008 15:17:56 MST.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Fishing on 12/11/2008 19:43:18 MST Print View

If the objective is to keep your kit small, check out I can cast this just about as far as a spinning reel. I can not catch fish with this setup just as well as a regular setup;-)

Richard Scruggs
(JRScruggs) - MLife

Locale: Oregon
Fishing - Cheap DIY Casting Handline on 12/11/2008 22:24:25 MST Print View

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