Heres a scan from Pacific Coast Sportfishing magazine that shows some survival fishing gear from world war 2. The hand lines and other gear in the photo at right go into the pockets of the apron like belt shown at top left. Left click on the photo to blow it up for better viewing.
For some photos of my home made hand lines see this link: http://ronsprimitiveskills.blogspot.com/2009/07/hand-lines-for-fishing.html
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