How To Make A Bow String With Fishing Line: Step By Step!

Good archery set with qualified parts will bring accuracy during fishing. As an important part, a good bowstring ensures elasticity and standard deviation. In fact, there is no need to purchase it from the store as you can still make your own bowstrings in some special cases. 

We will show you how to make a bow string with fishing line. Read on now!

How To Make A Bow String With Fishing Line 

The majority of fishing lines have the same function as bow strands. Because the bow’s strength lies in bending the wood rather than the strand, keep in mind that the more stretch it has, the weaker your shot will be.

Since a fishing line is quite thin, you’ll need to build a thread out of several strands of the fishing strand. The line must be looped several times to complete and obtain the proper level of thickness for your bow thread.


The following list will be necessary for creating it:

  • Fishing line
  • Serving utensils
  • Bowstring dance
  • String jig for serving
  • Bow square
  • Additional line
  • Line wax
  • Tape
  • Knives or shears
  • Pen and paper

Choose The Line

choose the line
Many types are available with different thicknesses

Fishing strands typically come in three varieties: leader, braid, and monofilament. The monofilament is the cheapest and most fragile line, but because they only have one strand, they’re also the simplest to use. 

Several short strands are twisted together to form braid ones, which are less flexible than monofilaments yet stronger. The small strands that make up the leader ones are the ones that connect your rod tip to your lure or fish bait.

Take The Measurement

To get the necessary strand’s length, multiply the length of your bow in inches by 3.5 and subtract that amount. You’ll get the right length from this.

It should be 76.5 inches long for an 80 inches bow. Always allow an extra 1/2 to 1/4 inch for adjustments.

The fishing line should have a breaking point printed. For instance, the typical breaking point range for Dacron is 10 lbs. We can now calculate the required number of individual strands. 

Suppose that we’re going to string the beginning recurve bow and the30 lbs draw weight. To create one, twist them together.

Add four times to your bow’s draw weight (30 lbs) (120). The result is 12 when you split it by the material’s breaking strength (10 lbs). This means you must twist at minimum 10-strand together to create a sufficiently robust thread.

Form The Strings

  • All four-post should be in an unwavering line when you set up the jig. Mark each post with the letters C, B, D, and A. 
  • The D and A posts must be on either side of the thread’s extremes.
  • Measure its length using these 2 posts, then lock the mechanism in place and a locking bolt. 
  • Then, tie post A with the fishing line’s running end. 
  • The line should be wound return to post A after going around post D.  
  • Once you get the precise amount of strands determined previously, keep winding. 
  • We must perform six full rotations surrounding posts A & D to produce twelve lines. 
  • Without losing tension, cut the thread from the stringing material spool.
  • The strand at A post should be unfastened, and the other end should be tied to the one you just cut. 
  • While performing this, keep it taut.

Make The Loop

  • Place the two ends of a spare string length, so they appear to join in making a central thread. 
  • That runs down the bow by wrapping it surrounding the limb’s notch.
  • Measure the width of its limb where the 2 strands meet. 
  • You will then know the size of the loop, which must be between 2.5-3.5 inches.
  • Making a loop greater than others will help you strand your bow more quickly and tell what the end is.
make the loop
The strand should be stretched properly

Serve The Loop

  • Posts A and B are on their left side, while C and D are on their right one. The fishing line’s knot should be tied near post-A.
  • To calculate the position of the loop, find the midpoint between posts A- B.
  • One of these marks should be a half-inch distant from your line knot.
  • Utilize the serving jig to manipulate the spool while holding your serving material.
  • Place the thread on the serving thread’s top, approximately half an inch from the knot, with 1-inch of the serving thread lying on the thread’s top.
  • Lead your serving thread up over it and under it ten to fifteen times. 
  • The preceding inch of serving material should be looped over and rest on its top.
  • By slowly pulling the end of the leading, tighten the serving string. You can tape it down to keep it in place.
  • Posts A and B should be turned to follow the jig’s center bar in a straight line.
  • After adjusting it, one serving’s side should be about 1/8th of 1-inch longer.
  • Tie the line’s two sides together by looping the serving material around the spool twice, bringing the 2-side closer together.
  • Start winding at the serving’s shorter side. 
  • Continue doing this until the serving has looped together around 3.5-inch.
  • Make a new piece of it that is 4 to 6 inches long. 
  • When the thread starts to split into two threads, loop this under and over that area of it.
  • Overlap this line and the bow strings utilizing the serving material for an additional 10-15 rotations. 
  • A few extra serving thread’s inches can be obtained by pulling the spool; once the strand has been cut, discard the spool.
  • A serving thread’s cut end should be looped through the spare eye.
  • Pull on the serving thread when it passes through completely to tighten the thread firmly.
  • Cut away the extra lengths, then carry out the same procedure on the opposite of the bow’s side, serving the second loop with posts D and.

Make The Center

  • Twist the line 10 to 15 times when it’s removed from your jig. After that, attach it to the bow while maintaining the string’s tension.
  • Choose your nocking point while holding the bow square.
  • Once you’ve located it, mark the location by measuring 1.5-inch above it. Mark a second point 3-inch under your nocking point after that.
  • Loop the serving material around the middle of your strand by following Steps three through ten in the last section.
make the center
If you did it right, the standard elasticity would ensure accuracy

Finish The Process

  • Always completely wax the thread to complete the finish and prevent fraying & other issues. 
  • Be careful not to get any servings of wax. As a result, other ingredients may adhere to and interfere with your shots & the servings.

Alternative For The Fishing Line 

We still have a few other suggestions if you don’t have a fishing line. They are ideal as a replacement for bow strings in case of an emergency.

Animal Hide

Any hide you use shouldn’t be tanned, so check it carefully. It must be dried, but not outside in the sun, making it harder.

You should ensure you have enough of whichever animal you use to manufacture the line. Ensure that the length of the hide is twice the length of your tool, plus an additional few inches for the loops at either end. A squirrel is one of the most popular options, but deer are easier to find.

animal hide
Dried animal hide isn’t the best, but also suitable for making the thread


Sinew is created when an animal tendon is dried and transformed into finer fibers. This fibrous substance is one of the best for building a bow line in the wild due to its strength.

The animal’s body contains sinew in a variety of locations. It frequently appears on the back and lower leg.

Since this material is considerably more malleable when wet and hardens as it dries, most people prefer to mold it and make their bows while it’s still wet. However, some shrinkage will also occur as the sinew dries.

What you should keep in mind:

  • Sinew must first be properly removed from the animal before processing.
  • Keep it intact as much as possible to avoid breaking or causing damage.
  • The tendon must be divided into smaller strands to produce sinew.

String From Survival Kit

The string’s strength, resistance to excessive bending, and resistance to snapping under pressure should be its top priorities. Make sure a sturdy one is ready to go.

  • For your thread, you must cut grooves in the wood.
  • The distance between each bow tip should be around an inch (25.4 mm).
  • To guarantee that your thread stays in place and doesn’t unravel while you’re shooting, gently loop each end.
  • It’s also crucial that your string’s top and bottom holes are large enough to accommodate the bow, which measures around 6 inches (152 mm) down.
  • It shouldn’t be so wide that, if tugged too hard, the string could come off.

Read More: Expert Bowfishing Guides In Virginia

Bottom Lines 

You’ve learned how to make a bow string with fishing line. We know that it’s not easy and may take 30 to 40 minutes or more for the amateur. However, follow the guideline slowly to avoid mistakes, and you will finish it!

In case you don’t have the fishing line, the guideline is applicable for some materials. Make sure that they’re suitable and meet the standard for making bowstrings.

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