Fishing is said to be an important survival skill for anyone who wishes to embrace the wilderness. But in an environment where you can’t solely rely on technology, knowing the traditional way of doing things could come in handy. And this applies even in fishing!
There are a lot of ways to fish without actually having to use a fishing rod. You can simply use those that Mother Nature provided for you and let your resourcefulness take over!
A typical fishing rod has a grip, a shaft, a string, a hook and a reel. The hook basically holds the bait and is attached to a string which is connected to the reel. The reel allows you to control the length of the string. You can use it to either lower the bait, or pull up your catch. It is attached to the main frame of the rod which is divided into two main parts: the shaft and the grip. The shaft is the upper body of the rod which holds the string and the hook. The grip on the other hand is located just below the reel and is where you mainly place your hands to handle the rod.
If you think about it, a fishing rod can easily be replicated with materials that you can see around you. An alternative would be to use a long branch as your rod and to make use of your shoelaces, a yarn, or any long, strong grass you can find as a string. You can then use a paper clip, a hair pin or a pop-top as a hook. And voilá! You have your makeshift fishing rod!
If you can’t find a long branch, you can simply tie the string to a branch that hovers over the river and let it sit there until you catch a fish! You can use food scraps, colourful plastics, or dead insects as bait.
Other ways include: scooping, spearing, setting a trap, cornering the fish, or even using your bare hands!
Fishing is a very enjoyable outdoor activity when you’re out camping. You don’t only learn the ways of the wild but you also get to appreciate what you can do without the convenience of this generation’s technology. Sometimes, you just got to cut loose and go back to the basics to enjoy life’s simple joys to the fullest.
So the next time you go camping, you might want to leave your fishing rod behind and try the traditional way of catching a fish!