How To Build Your Own Survival Fishing Kit

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Last Updated on November 18, 2020

If you are planning to build a survival fishing kit on your own and so are looking for some guides, then your search stops right here. Survival fishing kits could be of any size and shape, and it would adapt readily to suit your particular needs.

To get started on how to build your own survival fishing kit, we have come up with a list to help you out.

Building Your Own Survival Fishing Kit

This best fact about this kit is that it wouldn’t cost more than 20 dollars to create. The tools and materials that would be used here are easily available along with the fishing essentials.

Tools and Materials:

  • 1” Threaded PVC Adapter
  • 1” Threaded PVC Cap
  • 1” PVC Pipe Of 10” Length
  • PVC Cleaner
  • PVC Cement
  • Scrap Wood
  • Paracord
  • One Small Washer
  • Fishing Line Of 100.’
  • Drill Bit Of 1/8”
  • Drill Bit Of 1/16”
  • Hand Drill.

Fishing Elements:

  • Lures
  • Hooks
  • Bobbers
  • Swivels
  • Sinkers.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Attach The Threaded PVC Adapter To The Pipe

First step is to connect the 1” PVC pipe to the threaded PVC adapter of 1”. You could either press the two materials together or glue them employing PVC cement and PVC cleaner.

Your Survival Fishing kit can be made out of a simple piece of PVC pipe.

However, gluing the pieces would be better as, if by chance the adapter becomes loose from the PVC pipe, then your fishing essentials could get loose.

For attaching the two pieces, you would need to clean the areas of joining with PVC cleaner, and then use PVC cement to press the pieces all together.

If you slightly turn the PVC cap after it got fitted on the pipe, you would get sure whether it has bonded firmly or not.

Lastly, let the pieces sit for 30 minutes.

Step 2: Add a Lanyard to 1” Threaded Cap

At this level, you would use the drill along with the drill bit to bore two evenly spaced holes in the 1” PVC threaded cap’s top.

How To Build Your Own Survival Fishing Kit - The Prepper Journal

After it is done, you would now have to lace the paracord of 20” length through these holes and tie a knot.

How To Build Your Own Survival Fishing Kit - The Prepper Journal

The lanyard would help to carry the fishing kit quickly. It could be even wrapped around the wrist at the time of fishing to prevent the kit from slipping down from the hand.

Step 3: Forming And Installing The Front End Plug

Most of the survival fishing kits employ a PVC end cap for closing the fishing kit’s front end. This is because these caps are available easily and could be installed quickly. But such caps could create a problem while casting the fishing line.

Therefore, it would be better to make a customized cap that would fit tightly on the pipe.
You would need to chuck a wood piece and make its diameter same as the 1” PVC pipe’s outside diameter. You would have to shoulder it off till it gets fitted inside the pipe snugly.

How To Build Your Own Survival Fishing Kit - The Prepper Journal

After this, you would need to cut a portion of the turning to have a slight cone or rounded end. It would help your fishing line to come off in an even manner while casting.

Lastly, you would have to employ the 5 minutes epoxy for affixing to the fishing kit’s end.

Step 4: Drill Holes To Secure The Hook

Once these steps are complete, the next thing you would have to do after epoxying the front plug is to bore some holes. These holes would not have to be very deep as they are only to secure the hook.

How To Build Your Own Survival Fishing Kit - The Prepper Journal

You could drill about six holes around the plug to have many points for attaching the hook.

Step 5: Wrap The Handle

Paracord is always a great prepping supply to have in a survival scenario so you could wrap some of it around the handle. This would not only help you to use for many things but also would offer a solid grip to prevent the kit from slipping out from the hand.

Step 6: Add the Fishing Line

Next, bore a small hole of 1/16” in the 1” PVC pipe for adding the fishing line. You would need to thread one end of the line through the hole and let it come out from the kit’s end.

How To Build Your Own Survival Fishing Kit - The Prepper Journal

After this, you would have to tie a small washer on the line’s end employing a stronger knot. The washer would help to fix the line on the kit and prevent it from coming out.

How To Build Your Own Survival Fishing Kit - The Prepper Journal

After this, you will have to pull the line steer to draw the washer’s end into the kit and start to wrap the fishing line around the PVC pipe. If this wrapping is done nicely, then the line would unspool exactly as it does from fishing reels while casting.

Step 7: Loading It Up

After completing the fishing kit, you would now have to load up the fishing essentials or survival gear in the kit. It would be entirely upon you that which things you would pack according to your needs.

How To Build Your Own Survival Fishing Kit - The Prepper Journal

However, small hooks, lures, sinkers, swivels or bobbers could be some of the materials that you might include.

Step 8: Ready To Cast

A fishing kit would work almost like a fishing rod. You would just have to hold the fishing kit around the paracord with your hand and hold the line’s hook end in place with the index finger.

How To Build Your Own Survival Fishing Kit - The Prepper Journal

Now you could either employ underhand or overhand movement for casting the line.

If you catch a ladyfish then the question of whether to eat it or not might haunt you. Well, this post on fishing and eating ladyfish will definitely help you.


Well, we hope that our process of how to build your own survival fishing kit will help you a lot to make a kit easily. A survival kit is always necessary as it would keep you sufficiently equipped to survive in any situation. However, if you have any suggestion regarding this article, please let us know in the comments below.

We would be happy to hear from you.

About the author: Hi there, I’m Ted Thomas from GrayWolfLife, an ardent adventure writer. I write for readers with a genuine interest in enjoying the great outdoors. By sharing my experiences camping, hunting and fishing, I hope to inspire others to fully explore the depths of their passion.

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It’s amazing that 28 people rated this article with a 3.86 rating yet no one offered any advice on improving the device, putting different items inside or will it even work? I don’t know much about fishing but I would like the article to have been more in depth and offered more advice, maybe even a couple pages you could print out put in a baggie to make it waterproof that you could pull out to make the fishing experience more successful. How about a second piece of pipe with a removable screw on cap to hold extra fishing and… Read more »


More more in depth like how? The article was how to make fishing gear, not how to fish. I thought the author did a good job in explaining how to make and use the item.


Well at least it proves you can write a comment if you want to.

Mike Parker

My only suggestion is to use ‘braid’ line instead of monofilament (nylon). Braid is stronger for a given diameter plus, and this is a big plus, does not degrade in sunlight and ‘air’. Lets face it wtshtf there is a good chance that you will need to fish for quiet a while.

Jack happney

Id use spiderwire for fishing line….. Reasons for my choice…. 1. Mono gets old and brittle after awhile… 2. Spiderwire is heavier poundage for same size as mono…. 3. Spiderwire can be used for sewing, stiches, projects…. Nothing like spiting your pants, and hoping old mono would hold your pants closed…. Or needing smaller cordage only to have to gut a piece of paracord to get it…

Louis Whistler

When I was a teen, my dad took me on a fishing trip in Mexico to the Gulf of California. There, I saw a young Mexican boy cast fishing using the same concept as described above. However, he used only a Campbell’s soup can with the line tied through a nail hole through the can base and wound around the can. He prepared to cast by holding the can like a rod with his index finger pointing toward the can top. He cast like the can was a rod, pointing his finger where he wanted the cast to go and… Read more »

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