Fishing hook, strength and hardening tests, sharpening and storage, self-production of double hooks and tees.

A fishing hook is the most important part of any fishing equipment. It serves to catch the taking nozzle and the biting fish, and to keep it when vyvazhivaniya from the water. The success of fishing largely depends on the quality of the hook. It should be inconspicuous, durable, sharp enough and tenacious. Going fishing, you must be sure that not a single hook will let you down. And for this confidence it would be nice to test the prepared hooks for durability at home.. 

Fishing hook, strength and hardening tests, sharpening and storage, self-production of double hooks and tees.

At home, a fish hook can be tested for strength as follows. The hook tip is clamped in a jaw or flat-nose pliers. The forearm should be facing the floor and be in a horizontal position. We tie a removable load to the eyelet or the spatula of the hook (weight weights are better) and gradually increase the load, determine the tensile strength for this batch of hooks.

Fishing hook, strength and hardening tests, sharpening and storage, self-production of double hooks and tees.

You can check the hardening of the fishing hook by bending the tip to the side or by pressing the forend. The overheated fishing hook breaks during such a test, and the under-heated one easily bends. Forged direct extension strength has forged hooks that are flat on the sides. A properly hardened fishing hook springs. Now imagine that the hooks did not pass the test. No problem. You can strengthen or weaken their hardening..

If you need to loosen the hook, it should be put in sand poured into a tin and put on a hot plate. Hardening will weaken when the hook takes on a bluish tint. If the fishing hook needs to be tempered, it should be heated to blue, then immersed in oil.

Field fishing hook sharpening.

Sometimes you may need to sharpen the hooks or tweak their stings directly during fishing on the shore of a pond. In the absence of a grinding whetstone, a fine-grained grinding sand can be used. It is still lighter than a bar, and you can always carry it with you in a backpack. But if you didn’t have it either, then the tercaspecic box will do for this purpose.

Storage of fish hooks, their protection against rust.

If you use simple fishing hooks without anti-corrosion coating, you should take care of their safety between fishing trips. Your set of hooks will not rust if you pour a little starch into the jar where they are stored. Hooks can also be protected from rust..

Take a piece of foam and soak it with engine oil. Insert the storage hooks into the resulting greasy sponge. But if rust does appear on the hooks, you can get rid of it. The rust will disappear if you hook the hook into the soap and hold it there for a while.

Production of double and tee hooks, soldering single hooks.

As you know, fishing hooks are not only single. Double and triple hooks are collectively called an anchor. An anchor for two or three stings can be done independently by soldering together the corresponding number of single hooks. Make it easy. As material, single hooks are used both with an eye for tying fishing line and with a spatula.

Fishing hook, strength and hardening tests, sharpening and storage, self-production of double hooks and tees.

If hooks with an eye, then two of the three hooks bite them off. If the hooks with a spatula, then they are broken off and replaced with a specially made eyelet. Before soldering, single hooks are twisted together by a copper core of an electric cord. It is done like this. With a pinch of the left hand, a hair and three hooks are taken. The free end of the hair is threaded into the eye and twisted 4-5 times around the rods until the hooks are bent, where it is twisted with the first end of the hair into a flagellum until the last.

The remaining end of the flagellum must be bent. After that, the hooks unfold at an angle of 120 degrees, are aligned in height and carefully installed in the soldering bath. The soldering bath is massive enough to serve as a good heat accumulator, and is very stable.

If the hooks are burnished or coated with varnish or oil, then you do not need to specifically clean them before soldering, just dip the anchor twice in strong soldering acid and solder. After soldering by accurately bending the hooks, the anchor is given the final shape. Surgical needle holders are very convenient for twisting the hair and holding the anchor when soldering.

Based on materials from the book Fishing tackle and do-it-yourself hunting equipment. Manufacture and repair.
Storozhev Konstantin.

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