DIY: How to make a fish hook from a soda can top

This is an easy tutorial on how to make a fish hook from a soda can top, specifically from the tab. This is a good skill to have for many reasons; one, it saves you money on hooks, two, in an emergency situation you could use this to feed yourself as cans are everywhere since pollution is a worldwide issue. Not to mention that it only takes seconds to make one of these.

Materials You Will Need:

  • Aluminum can
  • Pair of scissors, wire cutters or multi-tool with cutters

 

 

Directions:

Step 1) Remove the tab from the top of the can with your hand or pliers. *Be careful not to cut your hand on the lip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2) Begin by making a cut on the edge where the two circles join at a 45° angle down towards the bottom of the larger circle. (Sorry for the crappy phone pics)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3) Make additional cuts to remove extra metal and make the hook easier for the fish to bite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4) Use your hands or pliers to remove and bend back any extra material at the bottom of the hook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The finished product should look like this…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also use the rest of the can as a reel if you have need. Or since they are so easy to make, you could make a bunch and do a trout line. That would really come in handy if you were desperate as any passive means of catching food conserves calories and frees up your time to do other things. Until next time, keep Making a Homestead, one day at a time.

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