How To Make a Survival Paracord Fishing Bracelet

Posted by Stacy on 1/9/2013
Such a great idea - incorporating basic fishing needs into a paracord survival bracelet.  Even if not used for fishing, the extra fishing line could be very handy.

Stay tuned for part 2, using the paracord fishing bracelet!


Speaker 1: Hi there, guys. John here once again. Weíre going to be doing a how-to video today on something that I think youíre really going to get a kick out of and that is how to incorporate actual fishing tackle into a paracord bracelet. Most of us are familiar with these paracord bracelets, in fact, a lot of us wear them. The reason for that, of course, is it is a handy way to carry paracord. It can be useful in many different outdoor application most notably, of course, in a survival situation. Like I said, these are a handy way to carry a fair length of paracord which can be used from everything from shelter building to building other tools such as a [inaudible 00:00:55]. The applications of cordage are just innumerable. One of the features of this paracord, one of the uses that has been touted is the ability to use the inner strand of the paracord as fishing line. As most of us that are fishemen are quite aware, the cordage that is inside of this paracord is not the most viable method or alternative for fishing line. In a survival setting or in a survival situation, the better tool that you have the better equipped, of course, youíre going to be to endure and come out of that situation. That is why I wanted to show you how to integrate actual fishing tackle into the bracelet without affect the look or wear or functionality of the bracelet itself, and yet still be able to have these tools available to you if the situation arises. Anyway, weíll get into showing you how to do this. Iím going to show what youíre going to need to put this together. Weíll do a quick tutorial, step-by-step, on how to make this bracelet with this tackle integrated. Weíll see what you think. Letís get going on this.

What youíre going to need for this little project is, first of all, some paracord. Youíre going to want approximately an eight-foot length of paracord, whatever color you choose, of course. Youíre going to need some fishing line and what weíre using is a braided line. This just happens to be spider wire, 30-pound breaking strength spider wire. Now typically I would use 10-pound due to the smaller diameter. Itís going to be a little bit more useful for finesse situations. Ií using the bigger stuff for illustrative purposes only today because it shows up better on camera. Youíre going to want a few split shot weights and itís pretty much the smallest ones you can find. Youíre also going to want a couple of fishing hooks. What we have here are size 10, now size 10, size 12, something like thatíll work just fine. You donít want to go any larger than that, though. Youíre going to want a release type buckle and a couple clips, either just a general type of clip like this or just a paper clip will work fine too. Also, some superglue, a little bit of electrical tape, a pair of scissors, and last but not least a lighter. Thatís what you need for the project. Now letís get started on how to throw this all together.

Once you have everything laid out that youíre going to need youíre going to want to start out with your eight-foot length of paracord and your buckle. Typically, I would use a side release buckle that has this arch to it. It just conforms to your wrist better and itís easy to take off. However, today, this just happens to be the only buckle that I have on hand. Using just a standard method of making a paracord, youíre going to want to detach the buckle making sure that both pieces are upright, and go ahead and just feed your paracord through the top of the buckle. This is a tight fit on this one. Just get one end fit through there. Go ahead and feed the other end through there. Like I said, this is feeling it through the top end of the buckle and keep your ends semi-straight and just go ahead and pull them through. What youíre going to end up with is a little bit of a loop here. Next, just go ahead and turn that over, take your loop and feed these two tag ends through the loop coming back up to the top side, just pull those out, and snug her down. Not much to it there, unless your cordís really tight like mine is. Anyway, just get that snugged down. This is where the first step of the fishing bracelet aspect comes into play, though.

Once you get the first buckle attached, youíre going to want to come on down here, maybe, I donít know, inch and a half, two inches, Iíd probably go about two inches. Take your scissors and go ahead and just cut that paracord there. Set this end aside using something to hold it so it doesnít go back on you. Go ahead and feed the inner strands out a little bit, probably about an inch or so. Thatíll probably work. Take your scissors and go ahead and just snip those off. Youíre going to actually want to keep those, so keep them around. Handy little pile there. Weíll set these aside. Go ahead and let that just go and put it back out. Next, youíre going to want to take your lighter and melt that end a little bit, not too much there. Go ahead and get that melted, while itís still hot go ahead and insert a ballpoint pen into there a little bit just to flare it out. Now you have a nice clean edge there. Go ahead and take your split shot weights. What youíre going to want to do is just feed those into the end of the paracord. Just ahead and use a couple of them on those. Thatíll good. You can use one, two, three, however many you want. Go ahead and just feed those up in there just a little ways, not too far. Now that thatís done, go ahead and set that aside for a second. Actually, we donít need those right now. Go ahead and take your tag end that you cut off and warm that up a little bit with your flame and go ahead and just spin that around a little bit. Youíre want that pointed just a little bit here. Go ahead and do that so you get a nice melted end there, like a said at a point. Youíre going to want to take a little bit of superglue now and just coat this end. Youíre not going to want to coat the very tip of it now, just a little bit right in there. Go ahead and slide that back into the other piece, press down just a little bit to get it joined and the superglue will take effect soon, I hope. Anyhow, get that joined up in there like that. Like I said, the superglue will start taking hold. Then, youíre going to want to take your lighter, melt the end, and burn yourself if youíre not careful, just roll that around a little bit, and bond the melted end of the paracord onto the other section of paracord. Yikes, thatís hot.

You have a nice joined piece of cord and you have your weights slid up in there. This is basically the same method. You're not going to have your full eight-foot length of paracord anymore once you do this just like you would if youíre joining two pieces to make a multicolored bracelet or dual colored bracelet, but this step is necessary for this. Now that you have that, youíre going to proceed to the next step here. Next, go ahead and take some electrical tape. Youíre going to want to pull off probably about an inch, inch and a half, of electrical tape there. Snip that off, set the rest aside, and lay that out. This is the tricky part. See these little fingernails come in handy sometimes. Get that laid down sticky side up. Go ahead and take your two hooks and lay one of those near the end of the tape. Go ahead and take the other one and just fit that in there like little jigsaw puzzle here, end to end, or end in end rather. I donít know if you can see that very well. We have the two hooks in there. Next, you're going to want to take your bracelet that youíve got joined now and on these two inner strands just join those together. On the backside, go ahead and put your hooks up against there and youíre going to want to wrap this as tight as you can get it, fairly tight here. Wrap that electrical cord around there. Of course, you can position these hooks anywhere on the bracelet that you would like, whether itís on the bottom side so that they rest on top, theyíre really not going to be noticeable so it doesnít matter too much. If you want them on the topside so that theyíre riding on the top of the bracelet on a more flat section thatís fine. You might want to avoid the very wrist portion here just because it has a more significant bend to it, but like I said, those hooks are small enough where itís not going to matter too much. For the purposes of this video, that is exactly where weíre putting them.

What we have now is our paracord is threaded through the first buckle. We have taken and cut and inserted our weights in there, and then rejoined the section of paracord. Weíve attached our hooks. Now youíre going to want to proceed. Go ahead and just pull this down keeping it as even as possible and get back to your end pieces. Youíre going to want to take your other buckle now, right side up, and youíre going to want to feed these down through it. Go ahead and take that. Wish I had a better buckle for this illustration here today. I think you guys hopefully get the gist of it here. Like I said, go ahead and feed those through, and then pull it back to near the start of your bracelet keeping this as clean and parallel as possible.

Then, at this at this point, you just go ahead and measure your wrist to fit here. Go ahead and just wrap it around, install your buckle, this is really hard to do on camera. Anyway, like I said, this part is just the standard making paracord part. A lot of people just use two fingers like this and make sure that you have enough play under there to get the fit. Once you have that measured for your own wrist, youíre going to want to mark that and unclip. Now that you have that unmarked, I generally will just take either a clip or paperclip or something like that and put it on the end there just to keep everything in place. Then, go back to the part that you started with, the first buckle that you started with, and youíre going to want to grab your fishing line. I have these little white thingies all over the place, and I know I said to keep those but I lied. Anyhow, go ahead and take your fishing line, like I said, I would typically use 10-pound, maybe 15-pound braided line, of course, the diameter on that is much smaller. Youíre going to want to tie a knot somewhere near the top, the beginning portion here, just whatever. Iím just going to do an old granny knot here. Anyway, get that attached. Now if youíre thinking of using mono line here, while Iím tying this, you may want to avoid that because mono it retains memory very well, and so the way theyíre going to be wrapping this around here youíre going to end up after wearing this for a while if you eventually go to take that off the mono is going to retain the memory of those tight little coils. Youíre going to have just this horrible left thumb spirally line thatís going to be impossible to work with or fish with. Now all that you do is take your line once youíve got it tied off a little bit there and wrap it. Youíre going to want to on this starting point youíre going to want to get that wrapped around a couple times just really nice and snug so this doesnít slide. Just rewrap that a few times over the original knot and just get that nice and secure. Then, youíre just going to proceed to wrap along the length of your two inner strands here. Nothing too complicated. Of course, you can put as much or as little line on here as you want. I wouldnít wrap it too tight, just a little bit snug. As you go down every little ways, every half inch or whatever, double back up just a little ways and go back over the line, and then proceed to go back down. Thatíll just help it with slipping. You donít want this to all slip up into one place.

Anyhow, Iím going to go ahead and get this wrapped. Youíre going to want to wrap your line as much as youíre choosing to use, all the way along the length of your bracelet here just back down to the buckle here, or like I said, as much line as you want. You can put a lot of line on here like this now. You can go ahead and wrap this super tight. I wouldnít even venture to guess how much line that you can wrap around. You could wrap down and then wrap back, get an incredible amount of fishing line on here. Iím going to go ahead and get this line wrapped on here, and then show you guys the next step. As you can see, I have the fishing line wrapped around the inner strands of the paracord. This isnít the best job in the world, like I said, Iíve doing a demo for you guys but you can get the point here. What Iíve done is just wrapped it around and then started wrapping back the other end and came down a little bit. Just keeps everything in place. Then, I went ahead and just cinched this down with just a basic cinched knot. I want to go ahead and cut off that little tag end here with my really incredibly dull scissors, very dull scissors. Iíve got that cut. Then, Iím just going to take my lighter and burn that down a little bit, get that in place. Now we have that, we have our paracord threaded through the buckle, both buckles intact. We have our weights integrated inside of the paracord. We have our fishing hooks attached on the backside of the paracord, and we have our fishing line approximately 20-25 feet of braided fishing line wrapped the inner strands of the bracelet here. Now itís pretty simple. You just go to your basic making of a paracord bracelet here. We have that done. Now this is just a simple as making your basic cobra weave paracord bracelet here. Go ahead and put your inner strands up in the front. Iím just going to do this really quick, guys, because thereís so many videos and you guys already know how to do this. Iím going to take one side, typically your right side, and just loop that up on the front, just like so. Then, take your other side, put it under over on top of this one coming out here, back under, and then feed it up through this little loop here. Go ahead and pull out the excess, and then just snug that down. Pretty simple there, not much to it. This first one, nice and snug on there. Like I said, this buckle isnít one I would typically use here. Iím really not liking this thing much at all, but hopefully you get the point of what Iím doing here. Go ahead and get that knot cinched down which it does not want to do on this one. Will not be using these buckles again. Then, go ahead and just do your next side. Youíre going to want to alternate sides, of course, on the cobra weave. Same thing, back up through, pull that and then pull that tight. Thereíre lots of difficult methods for doing this here. This is not a how-to-make-a-paracord bracelet video, obviously. Anyway, get these snugged down as you go and then weíre going to alternate back to this side. Like I said, just pin that up over the top, come over the top and under and through the back side, and then back up through the loop, and then just cinch that down. Youíre going to want to keep these snug and tight as you go of course. Iím not going to bore you to death with making this here. Iím going to go ahead and just get this bracelet thrown together and show you the finished product here.

Weíre getting down here near the bottom of the bracelet, trapping up the last couple knot where. Keep everything snugged up as much as possible. Just about finished. I think we have about two more knots here and we will be done. Whereís that? The last and final knot, oops sorry for that. Anyway, there you go, just snug that last one down pretty darn good there. Go ahead and clip off the ends with your hopefully shaper scissors than mine leaving just a quarter inch approximately, whatever. Then, take your trusty old Bic lighter and go ahead and get that end melted up pretty good there. Then, just get that into place and do the same with the other tag end. Go ahead and just get that melted up, get it pressed down, and that is about all she wrote, guys. There you go. Nice little paracord bracelet, of course you work it out a little bit, get it in shape. There you go. You have a reversed upside down paracord bracelet. Actually, it goes this way. Anyway, there you go. As you can see, this the bracelet with the fishing line in it, basic paracord bracelet right there. You can see itís completely flexible just like any other one would be, in fact, just like the one that I showed you. Thereís not much too it. What I would recommend, as you can see, you might be able to see is you can barely see the green colored fishing line through here, of course, this is black paracord. If you were using something an olive drab or a camouflage pattern type paracord, youíre absolutely not going to be able to see that whatsoever, in fact, you canít barely see it on this one even the colors are contrasting. Anyway, thatís about it. Like I said, we have just a basic cobra weave type paracord here with a latch that is identical to a normal paracord bracelet except for the fact that this one happens to have full fishing functions in it, full fishing tackle. We have some weights. We have a very good length of more normal diameter fishing line which is going to help in your fishing presentations and doesnít require you to use up your inner strands of your paracord, so you can keep your paracord intact. In fact, if you need a smaller diameter line for something else you can go ahead and just use that fishing line without having to tear apart your paracord bracelet. Itís an excellent way to integrate extra cordage into the bracelet without sacrificing anything at all, looks or functionality. Like I said, you also have your hooks in here too. You basically have a full featured little fishing kit inside of your survival fishing paracord bracelet. Thatís about I have, guys. I hope you enjoyed this one. Hopefully, this is something useful for you. Youíre definitely going to have to let me know what you think of this one. Until next time, we will see you later.
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