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HomeSurvivalFishingFish Spears

Fish Spear Construction

Photos and text by Brian Merrill

I started with a straight branch that I found and took the bark off to make it easier to shape.
The next step was to wrap some cord around the stick so that it would not split when partially split it into 4 sections.
The fish that we had in the lake were very small so my points are very close together. A larger fish would require longer and larger barbs.
Once this was done I cut a notch into the other end and a matching slot into my spear.
I then used rope to tie the two ends together. If you leave the spear by the fire for the night, the wood will hold the spear shape when you remove the sticks holding the barbs apart. If the shape still does not hold I will usually put a small rock in the middle of the barbs.
Here you can see the spear in action. Notice the way it is held. This stance will allow you to thrust the spear straight forward without losing your balance.

IMPORTANT TIP: You will have much better success with a simple twist of the wrist as you thrust. This will double your accuracy at least. But remember this is an a skill that requires patience!

Photos and text Copyright by Brian Merrill