My hobo fishing kit

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Alfredo

Settler
Oct 25, 2009
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ITALY (ALPS)
“Hobo” means – essentially – a migratory worker . Hobo is a vagabond, which means, in latin “a person who move around fulltime”


The origin of the term “hobo” is unknown, anyway we know that hobos were (and are) not tramps, or bums: hobos are persons full of energy, curious, looking around for new jobs and experiences


As a final note, in the USA the “hobos” developed a sort of new language (1930/40 - Great Depression)


Jack London was also someway a hobo

So Jack Kerouack

I consider myself also a “hobo”, with proud :)

A properly “hobo” didn’t need for sophisticate items to catch food (or do a shelter ecc.): he use what is available at the time.

This explain the “hobo fishing kit”: it’s – in summary” a self made fishing kit, using soda cans, woods, bamboo, bottles, and other materials as fishing rod. The rest is usually (not always) more normal, a simple fishing line.






Here R. Mears fishing whit a hobo fishing kit
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvRR5MTBBQI


And here we are with my “hobo fishing kit”



I used a piece of old bamboo (I took it on Greece, 2 years ago), 30 cm long, internal diameter 2 cm, closed with a cork. The fishing rope (20 metres) is assured to the bamboo with pieces of bike’s air chamber


I also added a lanyard to the my fishing rod.

On the internal side, a float fishing + 1 meter of fishing rope with leads and hook





It’s very light, some 100 grams.
Now I need just to jump on a train

and a lake :)

Ciao,
Alfredo
 
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Realbark

Aimless Wanderer
Jan 18, 2011
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South Lincs UK
Nice post with the history angle as well as your kit. The 58 bottle with the line on is probably the most real hobo fish set pictured :?) having said that yours looks excellent and the RM looks expensive.
 

Jack_D

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May 11, 2009
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Midhurst
Fantastic info and detail there - love the way you have mixed the history and the bushcraft

Cheers

Jon