Survival fishing has enough problems built into it. Kinked line from storage in a survival kit and hooks that aren’t the right size for the local fish can be just the tip of the iceberg.

So if you’re planning fish for dinner, a simple net can be made in minutes, if you have just a few items and a knife. This basic net will make actually landing a fish a whole lot easier.

All you need to make this net is a flexible forked stick, 8 to 10 feet of cord, and 2 or 3 square feet of survival netting (this is often sold as a “survival hammock”).

To start building, bend the forks of your forked sticks into a hoop and twine one fork around the other until it holds in place, creating a hoop on a stick. Then lay your net in the hoop. Next, you’ll tie off one end of the line to the hoop, leaving a few inches of line to tie off on later.

Spiral the cord around the hoop, threading one or more net squares into each pass until the entire net is tied to the hoop and your cord is back where it started. Tie a square knot, joining the two ends of cord together and you have finished the dip net.

It won’t be as pretty as the store bought version, but the price is right and it will have a lot more character.

Ever made your own net? Tell us about it in the comments section.