My hook Tying Rant

In the last couple of years, there have been a rash of new small business people starting up tackle companies to try to harvest some of the $$ spent by the latest craze of fishing fanatics; the “kokaholic”. Now as most of you know kokaholics are characterized by the glazed over look walking through the tackle store with a huge basket of the latest and greatest kokanee gear.

Properly Snelled Hooks

I have always welcomed new ideas which enable the fanatical kokanee fisherman to hone in on his/her favorite quarry. I have seen some pretty spectacular gear coming out and I applaud that! However, (knew that was coming didn’t ya?) I really am opposed to those who sell tackle that obviously don’t spend a lot of time using said tackle. Fishing tackle has been modular for quite some time now and those of us that are handy at putting things together in various combinations of color, size, length, etc. have made good use of this facet to come up with winning combinations putting many fish in the boat.

One of the problems with traditional kokanee gear is that the hooks (notice I said hooks) must be hand tied (see Snell photo). My friends in the tackle business have always bemoaned this feature which obviously cuts into the profit margin; employing people to do so or tying them themselves. That said, the reason for this is that the upper hook needs to be fixed on the line so the soft mouthed kokanee catches the second hook in the gill plate (while going nuts and trying to get free) ensuring the fish ends up in the fish box and not bleeding to death out in the lake due to a spin off.

Tubed Hook Rig

Some of the newer tackle producers have tried to get around this by putting a small piece of tubing above the bottom hook, (See Tube photo) then just sliding a hook on to the line without making a solid tie. This technique saves the tackle maker a tie which makes it easier (cheaper, although that is not passed on to you and I) to produce. The downside of this cheaper method is that the hook just flops around never hooking the gill plate; meaning less fish in the box and more fish out in the lake bleeding to death.

I have always been a proponent of tying my own hooks when the hooks provided by the tackle maker are not up to my liking. I still do so when I receive tackle that does not have quality hooks or in this case improperly tied hooks. I am not saying do not buy this tackle, just pointing out the faults inherent in this type of rig. If you do decide to purchase some tackle with this type of defective gear take a few moments to properly Snell the upper hook and you will be rewarded with more fish in the boat and fewer spin offs. You can also contact the maker and let them know that you prefer a hand tied double hook set which will help the maker know that improvements are needed.

If you are interested in snelling your own hooks or just fixing the hooks on a rig you just purchased check out this link on my original site: SNELLING HOOKS

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About Kent Cannon

My passion is fishing and hunting as well as traveling throughout the Northwest and writing about those adventures. I was separated from my job a few years ago due to the still ongoing economic downturn. I had spent years working, focusing on things that really were not near and dear to my heart all the while scrambling and climbing to what I perceived as the top. I of course did not realize what I was doing, because I was caught up in the moment, focusing on what I thought was the American dream. Crashing and pushing ever forward like a Lemming headed for a cliff, oblivious the world around me. I was more than a little bitter over loosing my job; it was a good job as far as jobs go and I was making a lot of money so I could live according to the manner in which I wanted to be accustomed. In the process of trying to find another job in an unfavorable economic climate I found something that I had left behind many years ago. I found me! That is how and why I started this website, looking for myself and sharing things that I found along the way. Even though I am older now, suffering a little from arthritis and my hair is now somewhat graying I still have fire in my belly for the next adventure. The more that I seek out my next adventure, the more excited I become!

2 Responses to My hook Tying Rant

  1. I agree. I tie all my own hooks. What I would really like to see is the tackle makers sell more components so we can build our own. It is really hard to find good small blades especially pink ones.

  2. Kent Cannon says:

    I just received an email from Joe Cronn, owner of Anglers Market. I featured a writeup earlier this year with several of his offerings. Joe sells his assembled rigs with the slider hook above, basically the way I just wrote about. Joe has done significant research into using the hooks this way and his contention is that they work better. My personal preference is of course with the solid tied double thin wire hooks as opposed to the sliding upper hook and to be quite honest I probably won’t change my opinion. However, there are two sides to every coin and if we all thought exactly alike, our world would be a pretty dull place. I welcome Joes’ opinion because it gives us all perspective on our journey through life. I will also state that I do use and like the components that Joes’ company produces even though I prefer to use my own hook set.

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