Home-made fishing line, making fishing line for a primitive fishing rod when fishing in emergency conditions.

For the manufacture of fishing rods intended for catching small and medium fish, fishing line with a diameter of 0.15 0.25 mm is usually used; for catching large fish 0.3 0.8 mm. 

Home-made fishing line, production of fishing line for a primitive fishing rod when fishing in emergency conditions.

As an improvised fishing line, it is easiest to use a braided, loose into separate nitrevka. The thick fishing line intended for catching large fish can be tied shoe laces. To make a thinner fishing line, braided shoelaces should be dissolved into separate threads that can be twisted together to the required thickness. A whole cut into 3 4 thin strips that tie together.

. Leather and leatherette belts should be cut into thin strips of the same width. It’s difficult to do it manually, so it’s better to use an impromptu machine, invented and made on the spot. For example, to limit lateral displacements of the belt with 4 6 pointed knots driven into a wooden die or stump and, having stuck a sharpened knife into a tree, slowly stretch the belt towards yourself.

Another way causes me some doubts, but nevertheless I bring it. A whole piece of soft leather, artificial leather or animal skin is stretched on a stump with a smooth saw cut and secured with nails or thin knots driven along the perimeter. Cutting is done with a sharp knife in a spiral along the annual rings of the tree. As weakening, the skin is fixed with additional nails. In theory, this technique should allow you to get quite thin and, most importantly, equal strip thickness. But in practice, the knife often gets stuck in the wood or breaks down and nicks form at the cut.

It is probably much easier to cut the skin simply on a flat area or in a circle, getting one endless thread, or cutting off strips from the edge, which are then knitted into a single thread. The thickness of the strip can be adjusted by moving along the edge of the plate-template, preventing the knife from sliding sideways. Better yet, draw a cut line in advance. And in any case, it is necessary to cut very calmly and for a very long time, since haste almost always leads to accidental cutting of the thread.

It is possible to dissolve tarpaulin and woven belts on separate threads, used in backpacks, duffel bags, hiking bags, etc. An excellent fishing line can be a nylon string extended from the seam of the tent, sleeping bag, and clothes. Separate threads can be obtained by dissolving the thick, durable fabric of a backpack or protective clothing. When there are no other materials, thin wires, individual veins from a braided metal cable can be used as fishing line. Before fishing, it is advisable to spread such non-traditional fishing lines with grass juice or rub it with earth to weaken the smell unusual for fish.

Fine fishing lines are obtained from braided hair pulled from the tail and mane of horses and other ungulates. Fishermen used such fishing line in ancient times. In the most extreme case, you can try to make a fishing line from several dozen of your own hair woven with each other, for greater strength glued, for example, with coniferous resin. The fishing line should be 20-50 cm longer than the fishing rod to make it easier to cast.

A longer one allows you to throw the hook further, but complicates the casting process itself and complicates the cutting and fishing of caught fish. The easiest way to fix the fishing line on the fishing rod, passing it into a thin slit-shaped incision made at the end of the fishing line. And be sure to ensure that the fishing line does not end at the end of the rod, but stretches to the butt, where it will be possible to hold it with your hands. Otherwise, you risk that when the rod is broken, the tackle with the caught fish will go into the water.

Based on the book The Great Encyclopedia of Survival in Extreme Situations.
Andrey Ilyichev.

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