Survival Fishing Gear

By on August 20, 2019

Procuring food in a wilderness survival scenario is much easier if you have a few key survival fishing items. In fact, you really only need a couple of things: some hooks, lines, and maybe a weight or two. Interestingly enough, the fishing gear than most fishing enthusiasts drool over, things such as rods and reels, are more or less unnecessary in a survival fishing situation. 

With that in mind, here are some key items that will help you make a survival fishing kit that will get you the food you need when you need it.


The most important thing to keep in your survival fishing kit is a set of hooks of different sizes. Hooks are probably the most difficult thing to make a makeshift version of, so having a set of metal hooks in your survival kit is a good idea. That way you don’t have to waste time and effort making subpar hooks out of wood, bone, or shells. 

Interestingly enough, it is better to have more small hooks than large hooks. Obviously, large hooks can catch larger fish which means more food, but larger fish are much harder to find than smaller fish which are relatively common. Small fish cannot bite on larger hooks, so for the best results, pack your survival fishing kit with mostly small and medium-sized hooks.


Along with hooks, a good fishing line is another necessity for your survival fishing kit. You should not store your line in a tightly coiled bundle as that puts kinks in the line, making it harder to cast properly. Try to store your line in the largest coils your survival pack can fit. That way they are much easier to unwind and cast. 

If worst comes to worst and you do not have any fishing line on you, you can get away with making a line from tree bark, vines, clothing threads, and any other small threads with a relatively high tensile strength. Animal sinew makes an excellent makeshift fishing line but can be harder to come by than vegetation or clothing scraps.

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While not 100% necessary, fishing weights are a good addition to your pack as they draw the line further under the surface, making it easier to get a bite on the line. Most metal weights are designed to be crimped by hand and take up very little space, so you can easily fit a half dozen or so weights in your survival fishing pack.


It is not necessary to keep live bait in your survival fishing kit, as you often can find worms, grubs, and other bait in nature. However, it helps to have at least some bait in your survival fishing kit, in case you cannot find any worms under rocks.

What about a fishing rod?

Surprisingly, you do not need a separate fishing rod for your survival kit, not the least because fishing rods tend to be large and hard to carry in a pack. Instead, you can simply grab a wooden stick about 5-6 feet long, tie your line to the end, and use that as a fishing rod. In fact, this is a much better idea than carrying around a rod as sticks are easy to find, lightweight, and can easily be cut and carved to the right shape.


All the necessary pieces for a suitable fishing survival kit are small and can easily fit in a backpack. Between hooks, lines, weights, and bait, you have all the major components that you need for survival fishing. With these in your survival pack, you will always be prepared for a wilderness fishing scenario.


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