Step 1: Gather the Materials
-A section of thorny brush. The thorns from a bush or another type of plant will be the hook part of your fishhook. I used a section from a rose bush.
-A bit of thin cordage. The cordage will lash and keep your hook together. I used some basic thread for this. In a real survival situation you could make the cordage from dried nettle fibers.
-Some adhesive. The adhesive will aid in keeping the hook together. Some rubber cement will do, but in a survival situation where rubber cement isn't present, pine resin should be used. You can find out how to make pine resin here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-Natural-Glue/
-A feather. The center of the feather will be used as the structure and for the eye of your hook. The feather needs to be big enough to be split by a knife, the bigger the core the easier it is to work with. I used a couple varieties I found at the beach.
-A knife. The feather will need to be shaved and split, so a knife is needed. I used a standard Swiss knife.
-*OPTIONAL* A roll of aluminum foil. Some parts of this can be messy, so the foil protects your surfaces.
-*OPTIONAL* A pair of scissors. Scissors can help with trimming and cutting the cordage. A knife could do all of the things scissors can, but some things a bit more difficult.
-*OPTIONAL* Some Q-Tips. Q-Tips make spreading the adhesive easier.
Step 2: Strip the Feather
Step 3: Create the Eye
-Slice the fat end of the feather in middle for about an inch to an inch and a half. It is easiest to start slicing by cutting off a bit of the end before.
-Break one of the sliced feather ends off, so that you have a thin strip of feather stem before a thicker part.
-Bend the thin strip of feather into the main feather. You should have a small hole now, if not, just lengthen the thin stem by slicing more.
-Apply some resin or rubber cement to the eye to prevent it from slipping.
Remember: The eye doesn't need to be too large, because the fishing wire or other cordage passing through it will be very thin.
Step 4: Attach the Thorns
-Trim off three thorns about quarter-inch above the thorn and an inch below the thorn. If you cut off two thorns in one trim, it is your decision if you want to keep it. In my case, two times I cut off two thorns in one trim; I just broke off one of the thorns each time.
-Attach the first thorn by putting it in place and adding a bit of resin or cement to temporarily keep it there. Bind it with a good amount of thread or cordage to keep it in place. This binding is especially important when using slow-drying adhesives, such as rubber cement.
-Repeat this for the second and third thorns.