I recall when Doug was being consulted for these, initially. For a pre assembled kit, they are decent. Yes, you can put together something better. But, for those people who but these, then throw them in their car, they aren't bad. I see no need for a fishing kit, but almost all small kits of any sort contain them. This brand is the only pre assembled one I've ever used though, and it wasn't a bad little kit
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Agreed-but, the quality of the kit is reflected in its primary use. A needle & thread takes up MUCH less space, and will function as an ad hoc fishing kit-but, primarily, can be used to sew, or for light lashings, etc. My personal experience, I use a needle & thread MUCH more out in the woods than a fishing kit-and, as I recall, this kit comes with a needle (I dont have it with me currently, but, I do seem to recall it coming with one). As to using the hooks as game hooks-I have seen this technique demonstrated, but havent seen it in use as of yet. With the exception of catching small birds, and possibly small animals, due to the frailty of the line, a fishing kit is really designed to fish-and can ADAPT to other situations, but, there are better tools for that.
One thing a fishing kit DOES do, in a survival situation, is kill time, and present the illusion of you doing something to stay alive. But, its a rare instance that people expire due to lack of food-its usually the elements that kill them. Hence, I no longer pack any sort of fishing kit. I do take needle, thread, and wire-which, again, could be adapted for use as one-but these will get more use for their intended purpose, than a fishing kit will (and they pack smaller too). If I'm gonna fish, I'm gonna take a pole, and tackle .
But, this is just my experience-I have nothing AGAINST fishing kits in survival kits-if I have extra room, I would stuff more tinder in there, rather than fishing tackle.
That being said, I DO have a small hand fishing kit I keep in my jeep, and throw in my pocket occasionally. But, thats because I enjoy fishing. Sometimes, I just find a place I HAVE to try a line in. And, typically, I usually strike out. But, hey, thats what happens sometimes
Ive only dealt with their escape bivy, and after using it for a while i love it, its small, light, and plenty big for just about anybody, and it has alot of different uses