Don’t forget to put one in your Get Home, Bug Out, or long term NPT Ruck. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, either. Some hooks, about 75 feet of 6 to 10 # test line, a small bobber or two, a few split shot weights, and, if you really want to get fancy, add 3 or 4 ‘Yo-Yo’ reels which let you fish a lot more efficiently. If you’ve got the room, a trot line might be worth it, depending on the area you live in.
Here’s what a ‘Yo Yo’ reel looks like. I carry at least 4 in my ruck.
Here’s a couple, ‘off the shelf’ examples of a kit we like. It can be replicated, certainly, but for an “off the shelf” model availabe on Amazon, eBay, and at the manufacturer’s site (here), it’s a time saver, compact, and easy to pack.
Now, some folks might say they want a ‘mini pole and reel’ in their rucks. All fine and good….if you’ve got the room and something else doesn’t have a higher priority. As light as they are (I have a nice Diawa set up), it’s not in my ruck because I can use a stick to wind my line. I can also put extra socks or another ration or even another magazine or two in the area the case for the rod/reel set up would take. When you combine the capabilities of the Yo-Yo with the Uncle Flint’s kit, there’s actually no need for a min-rod/reel set up, anyway.
A good trot line example is this one by South Bend:
Under $7 with free shipping at Amazon. Good price, good capability, and weighs in at less than 2 ounces shipping weight. It’s not going to add to your load in a noticeable way, at all.
Remember the most important thing about these kits: You should practice using them on occassion, especially the ‘Yo-Yo.’ You should also only use the bait you’d use in a SHTF situation as well. You might not have earth worms available in a quick dispenser for a couple bucks like we find today. You will need to learn to find grubs worms, grasshoppers, etc, and then when you catch a very small fish, to use it as bait.
The time you spend now learning to increase your protein/caloric intake will pay off 10 fold should you find yourself in a position where you need to feed yourself and you’re near a body of water that holds fish.