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Sharpening Hooks

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Here a few questions:

What tools do you use to sharpen your hooks? How do you those tools- any tips you can pass along?

How often do you sharpen your hooks? I realize it would probably be after you caught several fish or got snagged- any others?

Any additional thoughts?

This is something I have really not done.

Thanks

Posted on: 2010/2/9 14:48
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Re: Sharpening Hooks

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Paul,

I only find it necessary when at the salmon river. The rocks are brutal up there, and I am using a lot of lead, as well as fishing for large fish with with tough mouths.

I use a simple steel file, and hit them after each snag or fish.

I carry the file with me when trout fishing, but rarely are my hooks overly dull.

Posted on: 2010/2/9 14:52


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Big streamer hooks can get dull fairly quick. Especially after you pull'em out of a log.

Some years back Cabelas had some Tiemco hook files in the bargain cave and I snatched some up cheap. I keep one in my fishing pack and one at my tying desk. They are only like 3" long. Really portable and lightweight.

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I have a file on my nippers and can count on one hand the amount of times I've actually used them to sharpen a hook. If I can't fix it with the back of a nail, it'll end up on the bottom of a stream. An exception might be a streamer with a dollar of materials and some time put into it.

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A nice thing with streamers is that you are usually using a heavy tippet which cuts down on losing them. They are about the only fly that lives long enough for me to sharpen.

Posted on: 2010/2/9 15:13
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I think I've lost four streamers in the last season, and three of them were from a drift boat in Montana.

I've retired probably a dozen for dull hooks or frayed materials. I agree, a hook file is a nice to have for streamers. Now that you mention it, I've used it before when I was on my last of a certain streamer and the hook went dull.

I'll add that I'm not sure the file helps much at the salmon river. Two years ago, on my first day salmon fishing, I went 0 for 6. While 0 for 6 is a pretty standard success rate, I was still pissed enough to seek a solution.

I had no evidence that dull hooks were the culprit, but I got a file and started using it religiously. The next three days were insanely successful, so I'm not going to change any time soon.

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I have a hook file and home, and occasionally (and I mean very occasionally) go through and sharpen some of the flies in my collection.

I do not carry the file with me while fishing. If it comes to that I'll switch flies.

Posted on: 2010/2/9 15:20


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I use a hook file too.

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I have several thousand older Mustad hooks that I still tie with from time to time. They always get sharpened prior to use, even if in reality its only for religious reasons.

All other hooks (all chemically sharpened), I fish without sharpening

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when i`m tying i have a ceramic file that i sharpen the hooks before i start tying , on the stream i carry a small round one with a groove in it, its about the size of an ink pen

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Okay, thanks.

Any difference to sharpening a smaller hook vs a large one?

Posted on: 2010/2/10 10:06
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Really no need to sharpen chemically sharpened hooks out of the box. They are very sharp! On occasion I will sharpen a hook on the stream when it gets dull on the rocks. I carry a small hook file.

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I have sharpened wooly bugger hooks on the stream before. I use a small file and just give it a few quick swipes on each side of the hook. I usually only carry 2 of each color wooly buggers. On a day that one particular color is working well, I may need to sharpen hooks in order to due to the abuse that comes with using one or two flies all day.

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I'm a real stickler for sharp hooks.
Like Rleep, I still use some old Mustads for streamers and bass flies and will flatten their barb and sharpen them before they go in the vise to be tied. For this, I use a diamond knife honing stone that stays on my tying bench. A fairly fine grit diamond honing stone does a much better job getting a super sharp point on fish hooks than any file I've seen or tested. I got in the habit of using diamond stones years ago when I wanted a hair shaving edge on archery broadheads and soon found they put an extreme point on fishhooks. A smaller 1"x3" diamond stone stays in my vest for streamside sharpening. I also sharpen most saltwater hooks before tying too.
Afish is right about the small, chemically sharpened trout hooks - they're fine right outa the box.

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I can't say I've ever sharpened a hook on-stream...
I've done it at home with a metal file, but never on the stream.

Posted on: 2010/2/11 16:19



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