How to Make Deep Water Fishing Line
Throughout this tutorial I will demonstrate how to take your paracord gear and turn it into deep water fishing line. You never know when you’ll need fishing line, and how long you need it to be. By gutting the inner strands out of your paracord you can tie them together using a bend knot to achieve great lengths. The last thing you want is to have a fish on your line and have it snap, so making sure you use a good bend knot is essential. Bend knots are designed to combine to cords together making it perfect for what we need it for.
Step 1: Deploy your gear.
Whether it’s a bracelet, belt, key chain or collar, start by deploying it. Learn how here.
Step 2: Gutting your paracord.
Since both ends are melted shut we cannot pull the inner strands out. We need to cut the ends to gain access to the “guts”.
1. Start by cutting both ends as close to the end as you can. This will loosen the inner strand gaining you access to pull them out from the sheath.
2. Here is a look at the two ends after you cut them.
3. Starting with one end only, begin to pull the guts out. You may need to shimmy your hand down the cord to help the strands as they may jam up.
4. Now you have plenty of cord to work with for other survival needs.
Step 3: Tying all your inner strands together.
Once we gut all the inner strands we are going to want to tie them together using a bend knot.
1. Here’s a shot at all the cords of a cobra weave bracelet tied together. This paracord bracelet contained roughly 10 feet of cord. That being said, you should end up with roughly 70 feet of line for deep water fishing once all of the 7 inner strands are tied together.
2. If you simply want a hefty length of cord for later use, you can roll it up and keep it safe for other survival needs
Attaching a Hook: To learn how to attach a hook to your line, see our Fishing Knots.
Remember… don’t use any old knot when making fishing line. You WILL snap your line, and you WILL lose your meal. Bend knots are the most appropriate knots when it comes to tying to lines together.