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How to make fishing line out of your paracord gear

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What's the 10 feet of paracord going to do for me in a survival situation? Well what if you could turn that 10 feet into 80 ft., or even 200 feet. Well you can. Using the inner strands of your paracord and a simple knot this is achievable. 

A "Bend knot" is a type of knot that is used to join to loose cords, ropes, or strings together. Since my profile is all about using paracord, I use bend knots when I need to tie the inner strands of my 550 cord together to make longer lengths of cord. A 10 foot length of cord which comes from your bracelet can turn into 80 feet at 50 lb. test, and over 200 at 10 lb. test. Things like fishing, building shelters, sewing and much more become much easier.

Check out more knot and paracord tutorials here: www.paravival.com/how-tos


 
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Step 1: Deploying your gear.

Unravel your paracord gear. Whether it's a bracelet, belt, lanyard or watch, unravel it so your paracord can be used. 

Step 2: Gutting your paracord to reach the inner strands

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  • Since both ends are melted shut we cannot pull the inner strands out. We need to cut the ends to gain access to the "guts".
  1. Start by cutting both ends as close to the end as you can. This will loosen the inner strand gaining you access to pull them out from the sheath.
  2. Here is a look at the two ends after you cut them.
  3. Starting with one end only, begin to pull the guts out. You may need to shimmy your hand down the cord to help the strands as they may jam up.
  4. Now you have plenty of cord to work with for other survival needs.
paracordry8 months ago
Ưill a figure eight knot ửok
Paravival (author)  paracordry8 months ago
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Nice work man
Ah, I had heard of someone using the paracord strands as floss for embroidery too...any idea of a good repurposing of the shell?
Paravival (author)  audreyobscura1 year ago
Hey there thanks for the comment. Theres hundreds of uses for both the inner strands and the "sheath" or "shell" if you will. One thing you can do is make traps for hunting. If you go to my profile I have an Instructable showing how to make a spring loaded deadfall trap using the sheath. But again there's hundreds of things. Pulling food up into trees to avoid bears, strapping down tents, lowering gear down ledges, building shelters, traps, and much more.

Thanks for the comment!