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How to Make Your Own Fishing Hooks

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether you find yourself in a pinch in the wild or you just like the idea of being self-sufficient, making your own fishing hooks is a simple task. Fish hooks can be created from such items as thorns, barbed wire or pieces of fence, just to name a few.

Using your pocket knife, whittle a dried out branch from a hardwood tree down to size. Make sure you don't whittle it too thin, otherwise the hook will break while you're using it, and you'll lose your catch. Use the tip of your knife to drill a hole for your fishing line into the end of the hook.

Cut off a thick piece from a thorn bush with your pocket knife. Make sure the branch is dried before you use it. If you can cut off a piece with multiple thorns lined around the branch, you may have better luck catching a fish with it. Wind the fishing wire around the top of your thorn hook, tying a tight knot to hold it in place.

Snip a piece of barbed wire from the end of a fence with the centre of your needle-nose pliers. Use the pliers to bend your fence piece into a hook shape and connect it to a piece of fishing line. Only do this if you have no other options available to you and your survival depends on it. Damaging someone's property could result in legal action.

Use the hook from a dangling earring to create a makeshift fish hook. Remove the earring from the hook, using needle-nose pliers if necessary. Draw a piece of fishing line through the hole that held the earring and knot it into place.

Untwist a paper clip and bend the two hooked ends with needle-nose pliers so they are back to back in a double-hooked fashion. Run a piece of fishing line through the loop between the two ends and tie it securely into place. You can also cut the paper clip in half and bend the end to create a single hook fishing hook.

Things You'll Need

  • Pocket knife
  • Fishing line
  • Thorns
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Hook earring
  • Barbed wire
  • Paper clip
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Jennifer Hudock is an author, editor and freelancer from Pennsylvania. She has upcoming work appearing in two Library of the Living Dead Press anthologies and has been published in numerous print and online journals, including eMuse, Real TV Addict and Strange Horizons. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing from Bloomsburg University.