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    Default Do you carry a survival kit?

    The thread about lanyards, vests or chest packs got me to wondering. How many people carry a survival kit when they are out fishing. I do almost all of my fishing a lone so I always take a survival kit. It has a space blanket, flint, tinder, first aid kit, a signal mirror, extra batteries for a GPS, a snare line, a small pocket knife in addition to my Ka-Bar and of course TP.

    So do you carry a survival kit??

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Cleveland, OH

    Default Re: Do you carry a survival kit?

    All of the above plus a survival bracelet I made out of climbing ropre (about 15 ft of chord), a couple single wet wipe packets, and a Spot Connect which syncs with the iPhone.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Ben Lomond, Ca
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    I voted no, because generally, I really don't. When I'm dayhiking/bushwhacking a little I carry a 1st aid kit, lighter and matches and dry clothes. And always 2 liters of h2o.

    I'm really interested to see what others carry...good poll.

  4. #4

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    The only reason I dont is because most of my fishing is not done in any remote areas. If I did any fishing in areas farther than a mile or two from any roads, I would without a doubt. As of now, all I carry is a lighter, just in case something happens I can at least build a fire, but thats all I would most likely ever need in the areas I fish.
    "Don't burn the day away" - Dave Matthews Band

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    Oct 2007
    Wasilla / Skwentna, Alaska
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    I went yes because in the boat I keep enough stuff to cope with whatever. When I park at skinny water and hike up stream I stuff the most important items into a small pack and take it. Relying on a cell phone will not work because we still have many areas where there is no coverage. The boat items include fire starter; MSR Wisperlight, A small Sig bottle filled with Kero for wet fire starts, a roll of toilet paper to use as a wick with the kero, Granola bars (a whole bunch of em) MRE or De Hydrated meals, machete, etc, etc. Of course I also have the Coast Guard box O goodies as well, air horn, sky flares and etc. If I don't wander too far from the mother ship it all stays stowed on board.

    In the pack I travel light but if I'm bush fishing the machete is important as is the fire starter.

    Anywhere can be the land of great expectations, broken dreams, or paradise found, it's all up to you.

    Life On The Line - Alaska Fishing with Ard
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Lake of the Woods/Rainy River Minnesota Canada border

    Default Re: Do you carry a survival kit?

    I voted no because the last few years, most of the fishing I have done is so close to my home I can walk back.

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    Default Re: Do you carry a survival kit?

    having been a boyscout years ago, I sadly say I dont, atleast not to the capacity that I know I should. I do carry enough food and water to last me alot longer then I plan to fish, And my pack is small enough as it is, I have wondered about getting my concealed carry license to carry and small pistol for what ever may happen. I do carry one of those ridiculosly loud whistles attached to my vest also. I may revise my pack and make a small kit soon. good thread

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    I try to carry a small kit with a poncho, cord, knife compass and firestarter in my backpack just in case. Enough to make shelter and fire if I have to spend the night.

    Steelheader's Anonymous.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Alexandria, Va

    Default Re: Do you carry a survival kit?

    No, because I carry everything in my day pack and vest to survive for a bit. And If I go alone I make sure someone knows my destination. I'm thinking about adding a Cold Steel fixed blade to my load. One time I was fishing alone and a couple of big dogs showed up. Looked like they were sizing me up but eventually moved. Got me thinking.

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    Default Re: Do you carry a survival kit?

    I carry a survival kit and my Ruger Alaskan.
    "You're not old, you've simply aquired a patina." - Swirlchaser

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