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Re: Skunked on Muskies Again (Despite Good Conditions)

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The sharpest you can afford. I stay in the 4\0 to 6\0 range in the perfect or oshagnassy bend. Mustads 34007 will do you have to hitt em with a file frequently. I'm gonna order the 9107 siwash & 9255 VMC's to see what there like.

Posted on: 2012/3/9 9:10
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Re: Skunked on Muskies Again (Despite Good Conditions)

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They are pricey but it's tough to beat Gamakatsu hooks. They are scary sharp right out of the package. I like the SL11-3H. Sharp hooks are a MUST with musky. Their jaws are so hard. Either buy good sharp hooks or buy some more moderately priced ones and get good with a file. I used to use the Mustad 3407 but once I tried the Gamakatsu I have never looked back.

Posted on: 2012/3/9 10:20


Re: Skunked on Muskies Again (Despite Good Conditions)

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these are pretty nice

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a little short in the shank
but super sharp! and strong

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Re: Skunked on Muskies Again (Despite Good Conditions)

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Good stuff here, and thanks for the input...might have to pick some up soon.

It's always been a concern with the current hooks i'v got, but the last 3 posts have confirmed how important the sharpness is. Defeinitely need to get a hook file.

Dumb question, but is there anything more common/around the house I can use as a file? Or is the real thing the way to go?


Posted on: 2012/3/9 12:50


Re: Skunked on Muskies Again (Despite Good Conditions)

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Get 1 from walmart rapala or lure jehnsun makes em. Mustad makes a ultra point tarpon hook to thats a little longer shanked.

Posted on: 2012/3/9 12:58
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Re: Skunked on Muskies Again (Despite Good Conditions)

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A good way to sharpen big hooks is with a cordless dremel they are like $20. Use bit #952 and do the same thing with it as a regular file. I am not very good with a file and find this to work good when I bung hooks up.

Another good hook that I wish came in bigger sizes is the DaiRiki 810. It only goes up to 3/0 but is very sharp and reasonable priced I think $9.95 for 25 hooks. It works really well for some of the smaller musky flies (5-6 inches)

Posted on: 2012/3/9 13:35


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Quote:

jay348 wrote:
Good stuff here, and thanks for the input...might have to pick some up soon.

It's always been a concern with the current hooks i'v got, but the last 3 posts have confirmed how important the sharpness is. Defeinitely need to get a hook file.

Dumb question, but is there anything more common/around the house I can use as a file? Or is the real thing the way to go?



You can sharpen hooks with pretty much any wet stone designed for knives. In my opinion, the best hook sharpener is a diamond stone.

Posted on: 2012/3/9 14:59


Re: Skunked on Muskies Again (Despite Good Conditions)

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Stip set a rock chest deep in water i want something fast. A file will get it done it a couple of strokes each side and also shave down a bent point.

Posted on: 2012/3/9 23:39
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Re: Skunked on Muskies Again (Despite Good Conditions)

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Sorry you got skunked, I have been reading a lot about muskies on the fly and thats one I haven't caught yet, From what I read they go onto the muddy flats in early spring to warm up, following bait and other spawning fish. Noisy splashing, spinner flys or chugging topwater over grass and around bushes may provoke a strike. Hope this helps.

Posted on: 2012/3/12 13:25


Re: Skunked on Muskies Again (Despite Good Conditions)

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Musky are so last season! I hear old rotten shoes are where its at right now.

The skunk continues...


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Posted on: 2012/3/22 10:41


Re: Skunked on Muskies Again (Despite Good Conditions)

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Ha Jay I bet when you felt the tick from that shoe you put the coal to it with the hook set. It's depressing you finally think you have something and all you end up doing is sinking your fly deep into a log (or a shoe). Keep at it and you will get one.

Posted on: 2012/3/22 10:47


Re: Skunked on Muskies Again (Despite Good Conditions)

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I got my new 12wt intermediate line coming. Slow moving triples!!! All hells gonna break loose!

Posted on: 2012/3/22 10:48
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Re: Skunked on Muskies Again (Despite Good Conditions)

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Hey TD, you know whats even worse than setting the hook on the bottom.....Having 1 pummle your fly only to lose that fish a second later. Thats heart breaking!

Posted on: 2012/3/22 11:43
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don’t hear drums and can’t smell
chicken blood in the air, put it back
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then it can only be conjured with the
same.”



Re: Skunked on Muskies Again (Despite Good Conditions)

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12wt?
really?

Posted on: 2012/3/22 16:01


Re: Skunked on Muskies Again (Despite Good Conditions)

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Nah had to over line my echo ion. I usually throw a 400 grn SA express on it. My 10wt. intermediate line I have is way too light to load it efficently. So I got a 12 wt sharkskin intermediate.

Posted on: 2012/3/22 23:47
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“If, when you pull a fly out you
don’t hear drums and can’t smell
chicken blood in the air, put it back
in the box, for if it is evil you seek,
then it can only be conjured with the
same.”




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