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Sharp Hooks Catch Fish

April 16, 2013 7:08 pm0 commentsViews: 51

One of the simplest things you can do to increase your fishing success is to sharpen your hooks.

How sharp? The tip of your hook should grab when you run it across your fingernail.

In the short video below Bernie Keefe  who specializes in premier Lake Trout fishing at Lake Granby, Colorado gives a good short presentation on how to sharpen hooks.

Now if you have not been keeping up with your hook sharpening, the odds are you have a tackle box full of dull hooks. In that case, you just might want to get a fly fishing vise, to help hold your lures and spend some time getting your box in shape.

Fly Tying Super AA Vise

Fly Tying Super AA Vise

The Super AA Vise is available from Amazon for under $25 and you can get it delivered in a day or two if you want.  Click on the image above to check it out. While you are at it, you may as well pick up a good sharpening stone.

Smith's DCS4 4-Inch FINE & COARSE  Diamond Combo Sharpening Stone

Smith’s DCS4 4-Inch FINE & COARSE Diamond Combo Sharpening Stone

The Smith’s DCS4 is around $16, so if you were to buy both the file and the vise you would be over $25 and eligible for Amazon’s free shipping deal.

The bottom line here is simple. Sharp hooks work better than dull hooks. If you haven’t been making a practice of sharpening your hooks on an ongoing basis, the odds are you have a tackle box full of dull hooks.

Spending an hour or so, diligently sharpening your gear will pay off. You may remember the old story about Abe Lincoln. When told he could have 8 hours to chop down a tree, said he would spend 7 hours sharpening his axe and one wielding it.  (Or something to that effect.)

I don’t want you to spend 7 hours sharpening to one hour of fishing, but I do want you to take to heart the need to sharpen your hooks.

 

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