Compact Bug Out Bag

I was approached by a friend who asked me to look into the various “Complete Bug Out Bags” available on the market today and see which one, in my opinion, was the best compact bag. I looked at, and tested, many “off the shelf” Bug Out Bag/Survival Kits some of which were actually fairly comprehensive […]

Survival Kits- Part 5

So far we have covered the DIY “Altoids Tin” survival kit, a Military Issue Survival Kit, and a “Complete” store-bought survival kit, in this article we will cover an example of a larger DIY Survival Kit, that is part Bug Out Bag, part Survival Kit. We looked at, and tested, many “off the shelf” Bug Out […]

Survival Kits- Part 4

We’ve covered the very basics of a survival kit, The DIY “Altoids Tin” survival kit, and a Military Issue “pocket” survival kit so far. In this article we’ll cover a “complete” store-bought survival kit that was designed to meet or exceed the required FAA survival kit guidelines for small aircraft in Alaska. Emergency Ration Pack […]

Survival Kits-Part 3

Military Issue Survival Kits In Part 1 of our series we covered some of the basics of survival kits. In Part 2 of our series we showed you a few examples of the minimalist DIY “Altoids Tin” type survival kits. In Part 3 of our series on survival kits we are going to look at […]

Survival Kits- Part 2

DIY “Altoids Tin” Survival Kit In part 1 of our series we talked about how a survival kit could be as simple or as complex as you wanted and few of the very basic requirements for any survival kit regardless of size. As we said before this series is by no means The Be All, […]

Survival Kits-Part 1

A Few Thoughts on Survival Kits There are about as many opinions on what makes a “good survival kit” as there are people on this rock, so this article is by no means meant to be the Be All, End All on what is or isn’t a good survival kit. What you decide to put […]

Shotgun Stock Survival Kit

    A while ago I did a complete strip down of my Mossberg 590 shotgun and noticed there was a hollow in the rear of the stock behind the recoil pad. I didn’t give it much thought at the time but a friend of mine recently asked if I could come up with a […]

Fishing Kit 2

DIY Survival Fishing Kit

I have been fishing since I was 3 years old in both salt and fresh water, I even had the chance to fish the Tigris and Euphrates rivers while working as a contractor in Iraq with a fishing kit very similar to this one (not that I would eat a damn thing out of either of those rivers).

I learned to fish with a hand line while I was a kid, in the Kern River in California, while visiting my Aunt and Uncle when I was about 5 years old and I have loved it ever since. I have taken everything from small pan fish to 15 lb. Bonita on a hand line, and like every other survival skill, you should learn to fish with just your little survival fishing kit now, when not catching anything is no big deal because Burger King is just down the road, and not when your life or those of your family may depend on you catching something.

I always have a small survival fishing kit in my glove box for when I find a body of water that just cries out, “fish in me!” Like just about every other aspect of survival and survival kits everyone has their opinion on what should and shouldn’t be in a survival fishing kit and I am no different. I am a very firm believer in having what you need, when you need it and this little fishing kit is no different. It’s small size, 3 ¼”x 2 ¼”x 1” make it compact enough to fit just about anywhere including your pants pocket.

Hold the Line!

Fishing Kit 3
Probably the most important part of any survival fishing kit is the line and what it is held on. While there is more than one way to store line for your kit I decided to make a line holder out of some basswood I had leftover from a long ago forgotten project that was just collecting dust.

I started by measuring and marking the length I wanted the outer pieces, which in this case was 3” and 1 ½” for the center piece (measure twice, cut once). I secured the pieces one at a time into a small hobby miter box and cut them to length. After cutting the pieces I used a tri-square, tape measure, and pencil (not shown) to measure and mark the center-line and midpoint of both the outer pieces.

I used Gorilla Wood Glue™ to glue the three pieces together and used a small hobby miter box and clamping pins to hold it all together until completely dry (24 hours). Once the piece was dry I used extra fine (400 grit, I think) sandpaper to smooth any rough edges and then I wound about 150 ft. of 12 lb. test Stren™ monofilament line on to the contraption using a small piece of duct tape to hold the end in place.

Hooks, Sinkers, Jigs, and Other Handy Stuff


Fishing Kit 8 Fishing Kit 6 Fishing Kit 7 Fishing Kit 5 Fishing Kit 4 Fishing Kit 9

I have 10 hooks total in this little kit.
3 Each:
• #4
• #6
• #8

And one treble hook pre-attached by a split ring to 18” of 30 lb. test nylon coated wire leader.

There is another 18” of 30 lb. test nylon coated wire leader with a pair of crimping sleeves in the kit also. Since I always carry a multi-tool (like you should) I have a way to crimp the sleeves onto the leader wire if I need to make another (one of those better to have and not need then to need and not have cases).

There is also an assortment of jigs and jig heads of various sizes and colors that work well in most areas I have found myself in as well as a couple of small spoons and a spinner for the jig heads.

There are various sizes and types of weights that allow for setting up different rigs depending on if I am fishing a river, stream, pier or lake.

I keep a little Berkley Power Bait Trout Bait ™, Captain America color (since it seems to work rather well around here) in a small zip-lock bag to keep it from drying out and from getting all over everything. Any small bait like salmon eggs, or catfish bait, etc. makes a great addition to the kit, especially if you want a better chance of catching a fish or natural bait is in short supply.

There is a small foam bobber that I cut down (I know I could have bought one about that size but I am a cheap SOB) to better fit into the kit.

A small utility knife blade with a double heat shrink tubing handle for added comfort and a 100 mph tape sheath for cleaning fish, cutting line, or bait. Some snap swivels, barrel swivels, and a couple of red beads, rounds out the kit.

Fishing Kit 10

I always take this little kit when we go fishing and at some point during the day I put down the Ugly Stick walk away from the tackle box, and fish with just the hand line and what is in this little kit. I always manage to get at least one keeper using this kit. Before the snow closed in for the winter I used this little kit to take a half-dozen nice Rainbow Trout from a spot on the South Platte River in under an hour.

As I said in the beginning, there are about as many ideas about what makes a good survival fishing kit as there are about survival itself and this is just what I happen to think makes a great little survival fishing kit, I hope you find it useful.
I look forward to seeing your comments and as always, Train to Survive!


Follow us on Facebook at:

© 2014 Vanguard Survival, LLC

All Rights Reserved