Bushcraft outing – making fish hook and fishing pole – everlasting tipi camp sequence – [part 4]
Overnight trip. I use the primitive blacksmith shop to make a fish hook. I eat fish meanwhile making a simple fishing pole and travel to a near by lake to do some fishing. Wind and rain. Open the full video description for more information.
This is part 4. All episodes can you see here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUyDwdRkceQ&list=PLwMRed9dogc6GGAhEn1Aj66AOClYFRUl2
Date: 16-08-2019 to 17-08-2019
Day: 10°C (50°F)
Night: 8°C (46,4°F)
Location: Sapmi - the land of the Sami people in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Clean and remote classic northern wilderness. Fresh water rivers. Pine, spruce and birch forrest. Mountains, bears, wolves, eagles, reindeers etc. No wildlife is giving campers problems. I can"t give you any information about my location, only that I am somewhere in Sapmi. You need to be the owner or get the owners permission if you want to do the same.
Consuming: Water (meltwater), berries (blueberries) and fish (pike).
A few questions:
1. Can you give us a few point about the fish hook?
Made it from spring steel (old coil spring from a car). Forged the barb by making a 180 degree bend and forging the end into a point. It was my first time forging a fish hook and will not recommend that method, so big barb makes the hook bad - next time will I just make a tiny chisel cut as a barb and also give the hook an eye.
2. What wood and line did you use for the fishing pole?
Pine tree and modern braided fishing line. The line is raped around the entire length of the pole, so in case the tip of the pole break will I not loose the line, hook and fish. Each end of the pole is split open and used to keep the line attracted.
3. Is the water safe to drink?
Yes. Almost all water in Sapmi can you drink straight from the source. Especially all from remote locations. It comes from the near by mountains - meltwater.
4. What did you use to carry the fire?
Chaga - a fungus growing on birch trees.
6. Did you catch a fish with the homemade hook?
No - but it was expected. The small lake is questionable fishing water. Will try some more on less windy days in the water next to the camp - I know that is great fishing water. But the main goal for the pole is not fishing like shown in the video, but fishing active with it or probably in most of my future cases just drag it after a canoe/row boat mean while traveling from a-b.
Some of the gear used:
1. Pants = Klattermusen Gere 2.0 Regular
2. Boots = Redback original
3. Backpack = M39 swedish military
Video gear: Canon EOS RP, Canon 50 1.8, Røde videomicpro+, Zoom h2n, iMovie.