Re: Snagging hooks
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Posted by Harry Harada (220.127.116.11) on November 20, 2003 at 15:41:36:
In Reply to: Snagging hooks posted by Floyd on May 13, 2003 at 08:34:59:
Snagging Kokanee has been falling out of favor here, mainly due to the pressure from "Sportsmen" like the fly fishing newspaper column writers here. I guess they haven't looked down into a hole through the ice and seen all the hundreds and hundreds of wasted, rotting bodies of Kokanee, polluting the lakes, dead after their fruitless spawning runs as I have.
I also checked catalogs from Cabela's, Bass Pro, and Jann's Netcraft for either snagging hooks or molds to make them. No luck there.
Mr. Riddle's solution is exquisite, but would be quite time consuming if your snagging is anything like Kokanee snagging here -- you loose a lot of hooks!! Most snaggers here take at least 30 hooks with them for a day of snagging -- and an extra 200 to 300 yards of line!! Those amounts are, of course, to make sure you don't run out. I usually lose from eight to twenty hooks, depending on the spot I happen to pick.
One good source is to walk the popular snagging areas during low water. A friend of mine does this and gathers many, many, snagging hooks that had hung up and been broken off. He gave me a big coffee can packed completely full of hooks he had picked up. Many were in excellent shape, not even needing to be sharpened!! Not only does it provide a person with a lot of hooks cheap, but cleans the environment of all that lead from the lost snagging hooks.
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