How Do You Make a Fishing Pole in the Wilderness?

Making a fishing pole in the wilderness is an essential skill for any outdoorsman. It’s a great way to catch fish when you don’t have access to store-bought equipment, and it can be done with minimal supplies.

Step One: Gather Supplies

The most important supplies needed are a sturdy stick, some string or twine, and a hook. The stick should be at least 4-5 feet long and as straight as possible.

If you can’t find one that meets these requirements, you may need to cut and shape one from a larger branch. The string should be tough enough to hold up under tension and should be about 10-15 feet long. The hook should be light enough so it doesn’t weigh down the line too much, but strong enough so it won’t bend or break easily.

Step Two: Secure the String to the Stick

Tie one end of the string securely around the base of the stick with a knot such as an overhand knot or sheet bend knot. Make sure it is secure enough that it won’t slip off when under tension from a fish tugging on the line.

Step Three: Attach Hook

Tie the other end of the string to the hook using an overhand knot, making sure there is at least 6 inches of space between the stick and hook for casting purposes. You may want to attach a bobber or weight to help keep your line in place in deeper water if desired.

Step Four: Test Your Setup

Test your setup by gently tossing your line out in front of you, making sure that the hook doesn’t snag on anything while it’s in motion. If everything looks good, you’re ready to start fishing!


Making a fishing pole in the wilderness is easy with just a few basic supplies and some basic knowledge of knots. With this simple setup, you’ll be able to catch fish even when access to store-bought equipment isn’t available!

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Michael Allen