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    Default How to sharpen a hook

    I have never sharpened a hook in my life. However, I have now bought a hook sharpener, one of these oblong thingies with a groove in it.

    Now here is the silly question. How do I use it?

    Do I just slide the hook bit down this groove, or is there more to it than that.

    I have worked out many ways to do this, but am slightly concerned that I may be doing more damage than good.

    Any advice appreciated.


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    Default Re: How to sharpen a hook

    Difficult to explain, but this is sort of basic, tho, on small hooks I move the hook,gentle pressure... worth damaging a couple of points and have a practise re sharpening... Generally don't sharpen the chemically sharpened ones unless damaged.
    [ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LET-FjdVa40[/ame]

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    Default Re: How to sharpen a hook

    Thanks for that.

    The video explained a lot.

    I would have rubbed the hook up and down the groove several times, but the video explains that you only carry this out once at different angles.

    The only confusing issue for me is determining what is a chemically sharpened hook or not. I do not tie my own flies and buy them, so I have no way of differentiating, between a chemically sharpened and non chemically sharpened hook.

    However, it seems to me that, If I have been caught on some snag/stone/tree etc, then a quick slide on the hook sharpener would do no harm.



    Douglas

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    Default Re: How to sharpen a hook

    You are extracting the Michael.Throw it away.
    Ken
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    Default Re: How to sharpen a hook

    Quote Originally Posted by eddleston123 View Post
    Thanks for that.

    The video explained a lot.

    I would have rubbed the hook up and down the groove several times, but the video explains that you only carry this out once at different angles.

    The only confusing issue for me is determining what is a chemically sharpened hook or not. I do not tie my own flies and buy them, so I have no way of differentiating, between a chemically sharpened and non chemically sharpened hook.

    However, it seems to me that, If I have been caught on some snag/stone/tree etc, then a quick slide on the hook sharpener would do no harm.



    Douglas
    Kamasan hooks and Fulling Mill state they are chemically sharpened on the packet and they are very sharp. I only use the file when I hook the boulder and blunt the needle.

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    Default Re: How to sharpen a hook

    I have never sharpened a hook in my life. However, I have now bought a hook sharpener, one of these oblong thingies with a groove in it.
    I have never needed to sharpen a hook in my life either, if I knacker a hook I change it. But now you have gone and bought a sharpener, IMO small and fine hooks do not or should not need sharpening. The only real use I can think of is using it for large sea hooks, or trebles on lures and spinners.

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    Default Re: How to sharpen a hook

    I think you'll find that over 90% of todays trout & salmon hooks are "chemically sharpened" The process was discovered at Partridge's by mistake, when the guy (who's name escapes me) was cleaning off a batch of hooks in acid just before his lunch break.

    On his return, he didn't go back to them straight away & went onto process another batch & only remembered them later that afternoon. He noticed that the acid had etched into the metal after cleaning off the deposits left from a previous manufacturing stage & called Alan Bramley to see the difference & that's how the "new" process was born.

    Note, the "acid test" is to see if the point skates across ones thumbnail rather than digging straight in.
    Last edited by arkle; 16-11-2016 at 07:59 AM.

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    Default Re: How to sharpen a hook

    If the hook burrs over I just bin it. Modern hooks are very good and should be able to withstand a bit of rough treatment. I use the thumbnail test from time to time as well.

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    Default Re: How to sharpen a hook

    Quote Originally Posted by eddleston123 View Post
    I have now bought a hook sharpener, one of these oblong thingies with a groove in it.

    Now here is the silly question. How do I use it?

    . . . slightly concerned that I may be doing more damage than good.

    Douglas
    I would avoid using the groove. The better hook sharpeners are flat and coated with diamond powder and hooks are sharpened by sliding it on the side of the barb towards the point. You do not want to take material from the bottom of the hook, underneath the barb, which is a potential danger if you're sliding the hook in a groove. If it's not sharp (thumbnail test) after a couple of strokes on either side then throw it away.

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    Default Re: How to sharpen a hook

    If you have occasion to photograph flies that have been in use, you come to realise just how many folk are fishing with flies with a turned-over point. You don't see it until you magnify it under the macro lens...

    Click on the fly and + to get a closer look...


    Bottom left...



    When tying on any used fly, it pays just to run the hook point gently across your fingertip to check there isn't a rag there that needs taken off with a hook hone.

    Col
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