When people hear the word “trotline”, most may think of stringing a line across a river or a slew to catch some catfish. While its true that trotline is mainly used to catch catfish, it has lots of other uses.
Jug lines – this is where some type of float is used and the trotline is tied to the float. The float floats with the current of the river or stream, and goes where nature takes it. For most jug lines, people use 1 gallon beach bottles, noodles, or just about anything that floats and a line can be tied to it.
Braided cord – in a pinch, trotline string can be braided to make a cord. While on a camping trip back in 2008 with my kids, we brought some new hammocks with us, and the new hammocks did not have cord included to attach the hammock to a tree. Well, there we were with hammocks and no way to hang them up. So what did we do? I got a spool to trotline string out, then my kids and I took turns braiding the string into a heavier cord. we got the hammocks strung up and everything was fine.
Tie down line – Some trotline string has a rating in the 300+ pound range. A spool or two can come in handy when you need to tie down a load in the back of a truck.
Tent guide lines – left your guidelines at home, or need some longer cord, use some trotline string.
Cord to hang your food bag from a tree limb.
Extra cord for the bug out location.
Barter material – lets say that some kind of long term SHTF situation happens, like the return of a plague, massive climate change,,,,,, fishing supplies could make for a good barter material. Instead of trading for the whole spool of string, trade for 100 feet at a time. Lets say something like 50 snap bean seed for 100 feet of line, 25 cucumber seed for 50 feet of line, 50 squash seed for 50 feet of line,,,,, and the list goes on and on. When each spool has 300 – 600 feet of line, that gives you a lot to play with.
Attaching pouches to the outside of a bug out bag.
Makeshift anchor line.
Bowline for the boat (light duty).
Tying gear to an ATV rack.
Securing game animals to the ATV.
Secure a tarp over a boat.
Securing luggage to the top of a car or SUV.
Now for a video about making jug lines with trotline string.