Posts Tagged ‘hooks


Hook Removal: Deeply Hooked Study

“Collectively, the findings from this study demonstrate that cutting the line is a more effective release method than removing the hook when fish are deeply hooked. As such, angler education efforts should focus on disseminating this message to anglers as well as encouraging the use of gear and techniques that minimize incidences of deep hooking (e.g., circle hooks, non-organic bait).” (X)

Attention must always be given to how the fish is handled once at hand. Keep the hooks barbless. Use efficient pliers. Do not pull on the hook. It either backs out of the hooking spot. Do not pull! Consider cutting the line if things are getting clumsy. Cut the line close to the mouth. Trout Caught/Released.


Art and Creativity: Yes, Fly Tying

The Bare Medium (Well Almost Bare) to Create

It is time to check out whether there is a local fly tying class offered near you. Most classes start in September or October and run through the late Winter. Whether you take it from a fly shop, community college, rec center, private lessons…however, it will enhance your overall enjoyment of fly fishing.

Do you recall being a child in elementary school? That wonderful time came around for Art Class. Fun sessions of molding clay or finger painting, pasting pieces of paper together, eating paste, crayons and drawing. Everyone did it, some better than others, but everyone participated and were creative in some form or fashion. Dare I say it….fly tying is like that. At the elementary level, it is about basic creations that let you follow instructions, avoid instructions (just like back then), create, take pride, sigh or sit and stare. And, if you just put a little effort into it, you will create pieces of art that seduce not only you but the fish! Give it a try.


Making Fish Hooks: Old & Older

I don’t really know how fish hooks are made beyond some concoction of steel and carbon and creating a wire that is pulled through some confined hole etc. etc. I do know some individual hooks are more pleasing to the eye than others. 

This heavy wire nymph, pupa, scud, egg style hook has become quite popular in the past ten years or so. There are different variations that open up the gape, or have a lighter wire for emergers.

But, hooks have been around a very long time and history shows people survived off the fish meat while traversing land masses and the oceans.

The Making of Fish Hooks, 1870 in Victorian Passage

“Readers of the foregoing description can hardly fail to notice the extreme simplicity of most or all of the processes; and it seems strange that in such an age as ours there should be little improvement in the mode of production, as compared with the fireside practice of amateurs two hundred years ago.”  1870 more 

I could tie on this hook all day. Don't know why, I certainly have a few other favorites, but this one in aesthetically more pleasing to me.

There was a time when the Mustad 3906B was the perfect go to nymph hook. It still is a stout, perfectly shaped hook.


BishFish on Hooks…I mean everything…..



Fly Tying & Fishing: Hooks

For the beginner there is a confusing array of hooks to tie flies with. Here is a Nice Hook Tutorial at Bish & FishLike most fly tiers, you will determine your own hooks that are satisfying to tie with. But, the ‘code’ on the box or bag is important to note. Bish provides some clarification for the beginning tier and offers some thoughts on that small, bothersome notch…the barb.


Fly tying & Fishing: Hooks From Where?

“amazing speed of penetration…precision tooled…chemically sharpened…hardened and tempered…finest high carbon steel…” Daiichi…Kamasan…Mustad…Tiemco (TMC)…Dia-Rikki…Partridge…Gamakatsu….Varivas…Knapeks…Hanak…Dohiku

If you don’t tie flies, you walk into a shop or order on line and buy a fly based on appearance, appeal or perhaps/hopefully based upon its suitability to match some part of an insects life. You don’t know the hook it is tied on. You may notice the shape of the fly is dictated by the hook’s shape (curved shank v. straight shank). For the most part, you buy the fly and think little about the hook again beyond barbing the hook.

If you tie, you stand in a shop and select hooks or again order on line. The array of brands can be daunting. Most shops limit the selection to three, maybe four choices of brands, each brand offering all the sizes. Which brand to choose? Choose several. Compare the out of the box quality, appearance, and price. A shop owner or guide will recommend hooks. Buy what you can afford and splurge on the more expensive hooks for a special or favorite pattern or two. Cheaper hooks/bargains will often rust in your fly case after you put the fly away.

As your tying progresses, you will settle on favorite styles of hooks that make flies look just right and when coupled with hook ups, there is reinforcement that the hook is great. Probably most hooks will work, but like all food has calories, I prefer to enjoy gaining my calories via certain foods, not just any food. Does that make sense?

My personal favorites: Dry Fly: TMC 100, TMC 102Y     Nymphs: TMC 2302, Mustad 3906 B    Pupa Hooks: Daiichi 1120, 1130    Wet Fly: Daiichi 1310, 1530      Shape, gape size, shank bend, wire size, finish all factor into my decisions. Price? I don’t tie mass quantities. If you do, ask the shop owner how to order larger quantities or research on line. If you progress to a production tier level, you will most likely know how to arrange such purchases.

Saltwater, Salmon, Steelhead, Bass hooks are yet another assortment, with additional brands and components thrown in. Fly tying and fishing has so many areas to study and have fun learning about.

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