How to Use Sewing Thread for a Fishing Line

How to Use Sewing Thread for a Fishing Line
A heavy sewing thread can be spooled onto a fishing reel in the same way a monofilament fishing line can. In fact, any size sewing thread can be used for a fishing reel or throw line; however, the heavier the line the greater the potential will be for you to catch large fish. When fishing with a sewing thread, be just as mindful of presentation as you would with fishing line. In other words, consider the color of the thread and decide how much length you need to reach the depths you want to target.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Reel Fishing

Things You’ll Need:
  • Scissors or line cutters
  • Hooks
  • Bait
  • Sinker (optional)
Step 1
Unravel the industrial sewing thread and check for tangles.
Step 2
Pass one end of the sewing thread through the guides located along the length of your fishing rod. Choose sewing thread with a high "tex" size to prevent line breakage from large fish. Tex is an international standard textile measuring unit. The higher the tex size, the heavier the thread, according to Zen Backpacking. For example, a 20-tex thread weighs 20 grams per 1,000 meters or .04 pounds per .6 miles.
Step 3
Tie the tag end of the sewing thread onto the spool.
Step 4
Crank the spool handle repeatedly until the sewing thread spins onto the spool. Maintain firmness in the line by pressing down on the sewing thread at the center of the fishing reel.
Step 5
Finish off the line once the sewing thread is within 1/8 inch from the rim. Cut excess thread with scissors or line cutters.

Fishing Throw Line

Step 1
Cut a long piece of sewing thread. The length will depend on how far down you want to fish.
Step 2
Wet the tag end of the sewing thread with saliva and pass it through the eyelet of a hook. Tie a fishing knot to secure the hook.
Step 3
Thread a plastic worm or plastic tube onto the hook and use as bait.
Step 4
Tie the free end of the sewing thread--the end without the hook--onto a nearby tree or standing post. Throw the baited end into the water and use the sewing thread as fishing line.

Tips & Warnings

Double your sewing thread to increase line strength. Double the length you need and then fold back the sewing thread until it forms one combined piece; do not cut the closed end.
Just like monofilament fishing line, sewing thread can snap under the weight of a large fish.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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