How Do I Make a Fishing Creel?

How Do I Make a Fishing Creel?
A fishing creel holds your daily catch. When you ply the waters for tough fighting fish, you want to respect their fight by keeping them in a nice creel until you get them home to fry. You can fashion your own fishing creel using either an inexpensive wicker basket found at hobby shops, or with an old picnic basket no longer in use. Either way, make sure your basket has a lid.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Old wicker picnic basket
  • 10 to 12 small zip ties
  • 1 yard of 1-inch leather strip
  • Utility knife or sharp hobby razor
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch awl
Step 1
Set the basket on a flat working surface or work bench. If there's a lid attached to the basket, remove it, cutting away the attachments points.
Step 2
Cut out a 1- by 6-inch rectangle on the top of the lid. Take one of the leather strips and cut out two strips that are each 6 inches long. Thread one of the strips around the cut rectangle edge and curl it through the wicker so the cut marks are wrapped in the leather. This is done simply for aesthetics. Use the other strip on the other edge for a balancing effect in appearance.
Step 3
Thread the zip ties through one end of the lid. Try and place a zip tie every 1/2 to 1 inch going along the edge. Thread the other end of these zip ties through an edge of the top of the wicker basket and then connect each zip tie. Go along the ends of the zip ties and cut off any extra plastic tips sticking out.
Step 4
Set out the remaining leather strip and punch a hole with the awl every inch going down the middle of the leather strip. One inch from each end of the leather strip, punch one big hole. Position the leather strip so these end holes are at the end edges of the wicker creel basket of one side.

Make sure these holes on the strip are on the zip tie edge of the wicker basket. Slide one zip tie through the end holes and then through the wicker basket. Connect the zip ties and cut off any extra plastic. This is the creel's shoulder strap.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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