The majority of modern anglers the question how to make a hook, not worth it – why waste time on dubious quality handmade when any fishing shop offers an assortment for every taste and wallet? Even in the best case, improvised hooks will outperform in quality except the cheapest Chinese. You can achieve the same at home the level of the best Japanese (“Decoy”, “Gamakatsu”, “OWNER”) or English (“Preston”, “Drennan”, and other) manufacturers is impossible. Fishing hooks with their hands, most often made by those anglers for whom this is another hobby, as well as those who due to the specificity of a favorite method of fishing is hard to find the right product even among the huge diversity in fishing stores. Other anglers are primarily interested in sharpening hooks, and not their production.
Why is it useful?
Most anglers enough that you can find on the shelves, but still some continue to make the hooks yourself. It might be needed:
- In the case that type of fishing is not widespread, and suitable tackle is hard to find. Can be justified for fishing for catfish, and in the case of trophy size predators, which is planned to catch up on silicone, mounted on an offset hook. However, the small avsenikov is also a concern.
- When such crafts is another hobby. Many anglers make the elements of the gear and without the pressing need to do it, and some even create a fishing rod.
- In extreme situations. The probability of this is low of course, the chance to be away from civilization small, but produce their own food, fishing is still easier than hunting.
- Also often made small improvements to the factory products, such as corkscrew to prevent slipping silicone lures or additional ogruzka on opsenica.
In order to do that, requires at least minimal experience in metal working, as well as minimal within, the steel grades and characteristics of heat treatment. Material selection should pay attention to carbon, low alloy and alloy brand. Poor quality metal, thus a negative impact on the quality of finished products.
Easiest way is to take in as a material ready-made from steel wire of suitable brand, and while the metal is soft, you can shape the hook using pliers, tonagura, and other similar tools. The choice of form is limited unless the imagination of the angler, although, of course, is to consider and nozzle or bait to be used, and also species of fish. If it is not possible to use ready purchase wire, you can use what is at hand. Nails are not, but ordinary sewing needles are typically made of suitable steel grades.
Next, make a ring or shoulder blade. The blade in this respect easier, and the hook turns easier. For its production with just a few hammer blows. Harder with a ring. The wire must be held tightly, and burrs removed in a timely manner.
After the hook has already acquired the form, comes the turn of heat treatment. First, conduct tempering. Heating, as well as that, there are hooks to kalitsa in oil or water, depends on the brand of metal. A sharp cooling after a strong heating makes the steel hard, however, and fragile. To reduce the fragility will help so-called vacation and annealing – heating to a lower temperature compared to hardening with subsequent slow cooling in air or in oil.
In this way can be produced as hooks for catching carnivorous fish, and offset for the predator, or to make broad ring specifically for the jig. When this offset hook with your hands is exactly the same as regular wire but it is much more, and when you need to consider the features of silicone baits.
How to sharpen fishing hooks? Many athletes say that doing this is not advisable, so as to recover the existing high-tech methods of factory sharpening at home will fail and easier to change the hook for a new (many fishermen even believe that the self-sharpening spoils similar hooks). However, the correct sting is still possible, and what are the anglers. To improve blunt hook, both at home and in field-the field you can use sandpaper “nulevka” or small needle file. If you do not have anything like that, you can use a regular matchbox. Located on the side of the grater it will go to edit sting.
If you wish, at home you can perform even the chemical sharpening of fishing hooks. This requires nitric acid and suitable for her dishes. Many manufacturers use a similar method – the acid erodes the top layer of metal, while leaving almost needle-like sting.
There are several ways to check the sharpness of the hook. The most famous to try to stick a thorn in the nail, is criticized by many anglers, as our reservoirs are almost no fish with such a bony mouth and the hook during this test blunts. It is believed that it is better to check the sharpness on the skin of the palm, as it is a density more similar to the mouth of the fish.
Better all the same to check the status of sting under a magnifying glass or a microscope small magnification. All defects are easily detected visually and also becomes clearer how to sharpen a hook.
Manufacturer of small offset hook
If we talk about the usual size of avsenikov, usually problems with their search. However, fans of the ultralight cannot find a small enough offset hooks. You can make your own from wire or sewing needles, but most anglers are still doing easier. Buying regular hook right size, but with long handguard, and a wide ear. Next, the forearm needs a bit of heat, then it is quite easy to accept the necessary form. This method can even be applied directly for fishing, as they often flame lighter is enough.
Often off-set hooks for anglers and made various improvements like corkscrews needed for better fixation of the lure silicone lure, which after a few casts begins to slip, or soldered load to the forearm, allowing opsitnik catches less algae than when using weights cheburashek.
Hooks improvised for extreme situations
Despite the fact that the risk of being somewhere away from people, been part of a squad in the campaign, after a shipwreck or accident in air transport is relatively small, however it is still there. In such situations, in the manufacture of hooks may have to use the experience of ancient fishermen
- You can use the branch with the exhaust at the desired angle of the knot, the wood should be dry, otherwise normal strength can be expected.
- Perhaps use as a material for the manufacture of the bones of birds or fishes.
- Suitable for these purposes and the shells of shellfish.
Of course, that gatherings fish with such improvised gear will be more, however, to catch something. Better hooks out of small nails or wire.
Although it is better to take factory products that are part of the emergency kit.