DIY Fish Stringers

by Joe Steel
It's easy to secure a rope stringer to a kayak or other paddle boat.

It's easy to secure a rope stringer to a kayak or other paddle boat.

Clunky, old-fashioned fish stringers made out of metal not only are heavy and ungainly to pack, they also clink and clank against the side of your boat, scaring off the fish. Your homemade nylon rope fish stringer will be lightweight, silent and easier to stow. You can easily customize your fish stringer, using a longer or shorter piece of rope for your particular type of fishing.

1. Melt the ends of the nylon rope with the lighter or matches so they won't unravel.

2. Tie the 2-inch ring to one end of the rope with a double square knot and cinch tightly. You can also secure the loop in the rope with a metal band fastener, crimping it tight with a pair of pliers.

3. Press the nail through the braid of the rope about 1 inch from the end opposite the ring.

Items you will need

  • Nylon rope, 2 to 4 feet
  • Lighter or matches
  • 2-inch ring
  • 6-inch nail
  • Band fastener (optional)
  • Pliers (optional)

Tips

  • To use the fish stringer, direct the nail through the mouth and gill of the fish and then through the metal ring. Tie off the nail-end of the rope to your boat, tree or other handy object to secure it, or press the nail fully into the ground.
  • In a pinch or survival situation, you can make a quick stringer by tying a loop in one end of a length of rope or similar material like paracord and using a thick twig instead of a nail -- sharpen the end with a pocket knife if needed to get it through the rope braid.

About the Author

Joe Steel is a Northwest-based editor, writer and novelist, former news editor of an outdoor weekly. He also was an editor at a Seattle-based political weekly and editor of a monthly business magazine. He has been published in the "Seattle Times," the "Washington Post" and the "Foreign Service Journal," among other publications.

Photo Credits

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