Survival Fishing: Improvised Hooks

Fishing is a great way to provide a meal in survival or every day. Improvised hooks are a great way to add protein to the menu. Please check local laws before fishing with improvised equipment. This video was filmed on private property. Thanks for watching and I hope to see you in the woods!

Music by: D.Baird (C)2014


Comments (20)

  1. Jasons Creative Adventures

    Awesome man! I'll try that sometime thanks!

    August 8, 2016
  2. Sam

    you didnt even thank it >:(

    August 8, 2016
  3. Hugh Janus


    August 8, 2016
  4. sktech76

    Great vid! What part of east tn? Im originally from southeast ky. I could pick up your accent from that part of the country!

    August 8, 2016
  5. John Lord

    Out here on West Coast, we are now fishing with non-baited, red enameled hooks.  Fish bite a bare, red metal hook thinking they are eating tiny red pinworms/nematodes (those little red aquarium worms that appear from nowhere, from worm eggs in the aquarium fish, or in their contaminated food mixture.

    They also look like a small, detached piece of red jellyfish stinger (now all stung out).

    There is the EDC survival (ground up) beef jerky stick. Cut the tiniest of slivers, or tiniest of meat cube that the hook can safely hold.  Dont waste product if you can push just enough into the eye hook to make the tiniest of eyehook sized bait balls.  The odors will get fish from the smokiness, sugar, and meat oils wafting through the water, for up to 30 minutes and longer.

    Using a beef jerky-fat juice-smear, or a fruit flavored jello gelatin, wipe up the fabric braided leader, leaving a scent trail, with no real bait on the hook.  The leader line can be liquid soaked, or just put into the same container, and air marinated, allows the smell to impregnate the leader.  It still attracts fish.

    August 8, 2016
  6. Mike Edmond

    Nice.  Good demo on using the hooks.

    August 8, 2016
  7. Xavier Norseman

    Thanks for another informative video.  I am going to practice these methods.  Ive read about them but have never tried them.  Fishing is an overlooked survival skill that most people think they can fish so they dont need to practice.  The fish you cooked at the end looked so so good.

    August 8, 2016
  8. BSA Bushcraft

    Great video as always brother! I love the music 😉


    August 8, 2016
  9. scorcheo ukpreps

    great vid bud, quick question you made a point of saying you like to offset the point when making your paper clip hook but you didn't say why, is there a reason behind offsetting the hook?

    August 8, 2016
  10. B Charron

    Thanks for the video! You can also use thorns from Hawthorn berry bushes and thorns from Honey Locust three for the same purpose, and they are extremely affective.

    August 8, 2016
  11. Big Matt

    Cool..I like the fish toggles,learn something new every time I watch your videos.. Oh and I sent something to you via Derek.. Thanks for what you do..

    August 8, 2016
  12. Frogtac's Sanctuary

    Ingenious man! Awesome idea!

    August 8, 2016
  13. John Lord

    Kudos.  You have a great variety of hook materials.  Another is a (stainless? steel) house curtain-hanging needle – definitely strong, especially at the curves.  Depending on your gauge of trapping and snare wires, these might be hook sources.  Other stainless? steel hardware store wire could be cut and prepped for length. Amerindians used animal hooves, horns, and bone for making hooks – slicing and carving across or diagonally to the material.

    A hook needs a fine, sharp point.  File down the hook point via multitool/Swiss Army knife file/honing stone, or scrape across rock.  Other hook point sharpening tools are using a hatchet hammer end, (full tang) knife butt, or rock.  Lightly (!) hammer the hook point into a thin needle, or tiny razor-sharp spade point.  The spade of the eyehook and/or hook point can be 90 degrees or flat with the rest of the hook.

    Brian's Snowalker and Dave's Self Reliance vids on classic fishing methods talk about eyeless hooks, spade hooks, and how they attach fishing line.  A spade(less) paper clip fish hook or hook point is easy to make.  A soda pop-top can be vertically cut and turned into 2 spade(less) hooks.

    Ray Mears was in Vancouver, BC with Amerindians using cedar/redwood as HUGE hook material for catching 200+ lb Pacific halibut.  They carve out the desired hook length and hook point.  Then they use campfire heat and BOIL/ STEAM the resinous wood. The wood shaft is placed and bent into a wooden block with a carved-in hook shape.  When the wood hook cools, it is permanently shaped.  This wood hook is as strong or stronger than a comparable sized industrial metal hook.  No rusting or corrosion!

    Any hardwood, nutwood, fruitwood, or softwood splinters can be heated, boil-steamed, and multitooled into shape from a campfire.  Bamboo knitting needle (or chopstick) splinters are excellent material for making extremely-thin and density-strong hooks.

    A molded, resin-hard, fatwood splinter makes an awesome hook.

    Any wood can be carved for a spade(less) hook and hook point, or have a tiny feathersticked/notched end to wrap fishing line around.  The tip can be carved/filed into the finest of splinter points, sharper and finer than any cactus, agave, thorn, devil's walking cane, or scottish gorsch.  Any fish hook size from 30-22s (bream, trout, bass) to 16-12s (salmon) can be easily carved from a wood splinter and molded.

    Use the finest unbraided, or thinnest of braided, bank line threads on the tiniest of hooks.

    Good catching!  Fishing is for wannabes; catching is for eating.  Bite – bite – bite!

    August 8, 2016
  14. Martin webb 3 eagle randomocity

    you the man.

    August 8, 2016
  15. Jacqueline Schwartz

    Great video, just goes to show ya what you can use for a hook and what you can catch with it.  Thanks for sharing!

    August 8, 2016

    Great reminder that even items I have seen in a museum can still be used to survive Today.

    August 8, 2016
  17. Kullcraven Bushcraft

    Good demo, the toggle is great for the type of fish that suck in and swallow, the nibblers like trout, are hard to catch on a toggle. that is where the paperclip or other hooks come into play, thanks for the vid.

    August 8, 2016
  18. dale myers

    i saw brian did this not long ago. you still presented good info. i know i'm going to make some gorge hooks when i go fishing next time. i'll etch the saying "as seen on swamp people" on them. a few have used those on that show when dealing with gators that have become savvy to standard hook hunting techniques.

    August 8, 2016
  19. Urban Survivalcraft

    Great ideas!  Thanks for sharing!

    August 8, 2016
  20. Snowalker13

    Nice video Dman fish looked tasty!

    August 8, 2016

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