How to Make a DIY Soda Can Fishing Reel

Trying to catch fish without a reel is not an easy task.  We've written articles about how to fish without any gear but at the end of the day, the more fishing equipment you have, the better.

Jumping into an ice cold creek with nothing but your bare hands and spear is easier said than done.

Fishing line and hooks are light and don't take up much space - that's why we add at least 20 ft of it to the Survival Grenade and EDC Keychain.

Having fishing line available and managing it are two different things though, and this stuff can leave you with a tangled mess if you're not careful. That's why we'll show you how to spool it with nothing but a soda can.

How To Make a DIY Fishing Reel From a Can

1. Tie one end of your line to the top of the can

Take one end of your line and string in through the hole in the tab of your coke can.

2. Wrap fishing line around the can

Now carefully wrap your fishing line around the soda can tightly. Leaving the line loose can cause tangles and knots to form.

3. Attach your hook

Now tie your hook to the other end of the fishing line.

4. Add weights as an anchor

Use a small rock or something that sinks to keep your hook submerged.

5. Use a piece of wood if you don't have floats

If you don't have floaters or sinkers in your kit, you can tie off a piece of wood that will act as a floater. 

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