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How to Create Fishing Line with Paracord

Video Overview

In this video by Montactical you will learn how to create fishing line using paracord. If you find yourself in an emergency situation, you can create fishing line using paracord to fish for food. This video will show you how to create fishing line using paracord and ideas on how to deploy it.

If you find yourself lost and in an emergency situation, your main focus should be on shelter, food, and fire. It is a known fact that most people that get lost are found within 24 hours if the stay in one place. However, sometimes people find themselves in long term situations and time becomes precious and prioritizing what you need to do becomes critical. By creating a fishing line using paracord you can set a trot line while you are doing something else, like building a shelter or fire.

In this article you will learn how to create fishing line using paracord. Paracord is made up of seven inner strands and an outer kern mantle. Each inner strand has fifty pounds of pull, theoretically allowing you to create a fifty pound fishing line, with weak spots being at the knots.

Materials include some assorted hooks, a clip sinker, and a length of paracord. Seven feet of paracord will give you approximately forty-nine feet of fishing line. You will also need some assorted hooks and a clip sinker. If you do not have hooks and clip sinkers it is highly recommended that you add them to your survival kit. In desperate situations, things as simple as shell casings can be used as sinkers.

To get started you will need to remove the inner strands from the kern mantle by cutting the seared ends and pulling the strands out. Next you will join the strands together one by one. Joining two pieces of string or rope together is usually done using a type of “bend” knot. In this article, the sheet bend knot will be used.

To create a sheet bend knot, start by creating a bend with the end of one of the strands and holding it in place. Taking a different strand, work the end through the bend from underneath, then up and over the top of the strand end creating the bend.  Lastly, work the strand underneath the bend to the other side coming back up, over and through the top of the bend.  Tighten by gently pulling on the strand ends.  Repeat this until all of the strands have been tied together. You can place one hook at the end or tie hooks on to the strands in desired increments while you are tying the strands together. If you end up having to tie on an improvised sinker, just tie it on using the same knot you use to tie your hooks.

Now you know how to create a fishing line using paracord. You can improvise a stick for a fishing pole, throw the line out and drag it back by hand, or tie your fishing line to a tree creating a trot line to catch fish while you’re doing other things. You can keep your fishing line neat and organized by using a stick to wrap it around when not in use.

You now have the knowledge to create fishing line using paracord, and if you ever find yourself in an emergency situation you will be prepared to take action. Ready to take the next step?  Check out our patented SurvivorCord, which integrated fishing line into our popular MIL-SPEC 550 paracord.