A while ago we started feeling that we wanted to show how to make a simple fishing rod with the Naimakka paracord bracelet. So me and Patrik went out to the incredible wilderness that is found very close to central Stockholm. We documented it for all of you in this visual guide.
If you don’t remember how to unravel your paracord bracelet, the first thing you should do is head over to this guide and refresh your memory.
We went out to an island called Kärsön in search of a good fishing spot. On our way we picked up some bait, with Patrik happy to use his Gränsfors Outdoor Axe for as many tasks as possible.
With an essential part of our mission secured, we started unraveling Patrik’s Naimakka bracelet (which you now know how to do, right?).
Next up we opened up the paracord to reveal the 21 nylon threads, spun in groups of three into the seven thicker strings. If you want to make a fishing line with your paracord, the next thing to do here is to carefully pull out one of these strings.
Here comes the hard part. Separating the three threads requires patience and fine fingerwork. If you rush it you run the risk of pulling apart the small nylon fibers as well as the nylon threads themselves.
Once you’ve done that, however, you now have three strong nylon threads, each around 2.4m in length. For an extra long angling line, tie them together.
Next step; fasten the hook. Somewhere along the bottom of the fishing line, but not too far down. You still want some space between the hook and the sinker.
Which, coincidentally, the Naimakka paracord bracelet’s shackle is perfect for.
After that, tie your nylon fishing line to a strong but pliable rod. If you want to add some extra comfort, use the rest of the paracord bracelet to create a makeshift handle at the other end.
Find a good spot, preferrably where it’s moderately deep and away from sunlight, and set up camp. Bring out the beer. Or make a fire, set up your fishing rod and wait for dinner to bite. Enjoy the peace and quiet. And don’t forget to share this with your fishing buddies and survivalist champs. If you do try it out, show us on our Instagram! Tag #naimakka and #givemeabracelet, and you might even win a bracelet for a friend (or second one for yourself)!
Finally, there are several places to fish close to Stockholm. I’m not sure Kärsön holds the best spots, but we’ll be sure to update you when we explore more.