Primitive Fishing Hook / Gouge From Wood or Thorn


How to make a primitive fishing hook / fishing gouge from completely natural materials in a wilderness survival situation.

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25 Responses to “Primitive Fishing Hook / Gouge From Wood or Thorn”

  1. Cstrife234 says:

    I made a pretty good hook out of a paper clip. Just curled up an eyehole for the cord and then down for the J then a small barb…sharpen it on a rock if you can. Heat it up in a fire a bit and quench it in water if you wanna harden it a little. Some coals left over from a fire are enough to do the trick.

  2. moxncal says:

    poor nemo…….lol!

  3. justaman6972 says:

    How can prrimitave methods be illegal? Its how it was done for hundreds of thousands of years! Screw the man! If I eat what I trap and do not tresspass or cause loss ,or harm to anyone else I am free to do whatever I want. I am the sovereign spoken of in Yick Wo vs. Hopkins and the source of law, not subject to it. Sovereignty ftw.

  4. wlwak says:

    Did I say Hazel? My mistake.

  5. scarz1951 says:

    Hawthorn tree. Hazel trees don’t have thorns.

  6. vallonia2000 says:

    Great stuff Pauly Love your work. Its really interesting.

  7. HedgehogLeatherworks says:

    Awesome… thanks for the insight! I love Ray Mears!!!

  8. wlwak says:

    Two things Paul, firstly it doesn’t necessarily kill the fish. I saw Ray Mears set a few of those lines on a horizontal line staked out over the Thames river in London and he caught three flounders by leaving the baited lines over night. The next day he released the fish. They swam away, so clearly they weren’t dead. However his hook was slightly different to yours…it was from a hazel tree, I think. Suffice it to say the thorn was smaller.

  9. HedgehogLeatherworks says:

    Awesome! Glad to hear it and thanks for your support and encouragement!

  10. m1garand77 says:

    hey, ive been watching you videos, and their all reall cool! i enjoy being outdoors and bushcraft and such things like that, you videos are very helpfull its allways goot to know multiple ways to do each different thing, thanks -anthony

  11. HedgehogLeatherworks says:

    Thanks Dave! How was dirt time? Actually, I think that will be a long answer… I need to give you a call! If I get some time today I will give you a ring!

  12. BushcraftOnFire says:

    Nice job Paul!

    These hooks work well if properly made.. Great presentation Bro!

  13. HedgehogLeatherworks says:

    Thanks! Yes, I will get to those topics eventually… I have a pretty long list right now but shelter and more traps are most definitely on there… thanks for commenting!

  14. HedgehogLeatherworks says:

    Well, I’m not entirely sure… but I think it may have something to do with people making the traps wrong and maiming rather than killing the animal… but that is just a guess I’m really not sure. Thanks for commenting!

  15. jason0891 says:

    Nice technique. Your videos are great! Keep up the good work. Any plans on doing a video of making snare traps for small game or building a shelter from the rain?

  16. captaincoolness55 says:

    3:29 you mention that primitive hunting/trapping/fishing methods are illegal in most areas… why is that? it’s something i’ve always wondered about.

  17. scarz1951 says:

    It’s just the truth, Paul. I’ll definately keep an eye open for more vids from you.

  18. HedgehogLeatherworks says:

    That is nice of you to say sir… thanks for commenting and please stick around… should have more videos coming in the future.

    Kind regards,
    Paul

  19. scarz1951 says:

    I can tell that you’ll go far in this avocation/hobby/way of life. You have the right attitude for it. There are plenty of us and we all have a thing or two to teach and always something more to learn. I’m 58 and still learning. I really like your improved figure four trigger.

  20. HedgehogLeatherworks says:

    Cool man… I definitely have not seen it all and I am always learning from everyone… so thanks for contributing. Have a great weekend!

  21. scarz1951 says:

    You’re not going to like what I have to say but I’m speaking from 34 years of actual experience. It’s called a gorge hook and is best attached to the line at the center of the gorge with a mixture of pine resin, charcoal and dead grass. The way you attach it works fine for a small thorn with a short bit of the branch attached. It’s called a Thames hook and was used in Great Britain to catch flounder. A gorge simple doesn’t work well attached like a Thames hook. Experience proves it.

  22. HedgehogLeatherworks says:

    You could make the cordage from any number of wild plants, however for this video I used Jute twine which is a natural fiber that you can get at most hardware stores… good luck!

  23. saggerdude52 says:

    thats cool. were do you get the cordage???

  24. HedgehogLeatherworks says:

    Hey thanks for commenting… glad you enjoyed the video!

  25. papuchu says:

    it’s a honey locust thorn (Gleditsia triacanthos) Here in Spain it’s a park or garden tree, got to give it a try to see if it works, thank you very much for the info.

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