Thinking Anglers | Hooks
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Following on from last month’s overview of their all-new hook range, we thought we would have a look at which ones are favoured by certain members of the TA crew, and why...
First up is Scott Lloyd. Although he did originally prefer the Straight Point hooks, his favoured pattern, by far, is now the Curve Point. Scott is the one-time creator of the Noodle rig, one that uses an overly long section of shrink tube to ensure the hook turns as quickly as possible when picked up and he has since spent a considerable amount of time viewing feeding fish from above, whilst dangling out of overhanging trees, and his findings show the rig to be far more aggressive when searching for a hook-hold when married with the in-turned eye of the Curve Point hooks. Also, due to the nature of the venues that Scott chooses to fish, he requires a pattern with a beaked point, so as not to risk turning it over when he is manoeuvring his rigs over a stony/gravel area by hand from a boat.
Next it’s the turn of Mr Holness. Oz’s preferred hook is the Out-Turned Eye pattern. The vast majority of Oz’s recent fishing has involved casting at range and as a result, he favours rigs that can’t and won’t tangle, such as hinged stiffs and for obvious reasons, this perfectly suits his needs. Whether you are looking to tie up one of the above, or a choddy, you can rest assured that they have a nice, large eye and you won’t have any issues getting the thickest of fluorocarbon through the mandatory three times if you’re not using a whipping knot. The very subtle bend at the neck of the shank means that the hook won’t sit at any crazy angles at the top of whichever rig you personally choose to use either. Don’t discount this particular pattern for use with bottom baits either, it can be manipulated to work very effectively on a number of different rigs.
If your preference is for D and Slip-D rigs, then you can use either the Straight Points, or the Curve Shank. The Straight Point still functions perfectly well in this scenario. Gaz Fareham is a fan, particularly when tying them up with a fluorocarbon hooklink - although some of you will find favour with the far more aggressive hooking potential of a curved shank pattern. The Curve Shank is also very well suited to that most modern of pop-up rigs, the Ronnie, as well as the much maligned 360-rig.
The Straight Point is Ben Hamilton’s weapon of choice, with its wider gape and longish shank it is a great all-rounder for more conventional rigs when combined with a small piece of shrink tube and a piece of silicone to trap the hair against the bend. Ben likes to use it with a fairly stiff, braided hooklink, such as the 25lb BS Camskin, so that it can reset itself in the event of a fish turning the spot over.