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Feb 2014 by Chas Cook
It is often common practice for anglers to arrive at their destination lakes with their leads and end tackle still attached to their rods from previous fishing trips. At the end of their holiday they break down their rods and attach the hooks on the end tackle to the first eye of the rods; this can flatten the barbs on barbed hooks and damage the points of the hooks.
They then start fishing at the latest lake using their previously tied end tackle, sometimes forgetting to think about hook patterns or the sharpness of the hooks or to the impact of the different lake waters on the points of the hooks. Differences in hard and soft waters and different PH can act as a blunting effect.
This same end tackle may have been used by an angler on several lakes, damaging the hook and so leading to hook pulls and missed fish on so-called twitchy takes. It is easy to think that one hook suits all occasions, but sometimes this is not the case.
On the flip side, there are a very small number of anglers who fish the very large open waters of France and elsewhere on the continent whose main priorities on arrival are first, location of the fish and second, the selection and sharpness of their hooks.
These anglers select their hook patterns for their sharpening capabilities. Many change the hook on a recasted bait, the time scale for which can be anything from 24-36 hours, or if not actually changing the hook, they will re-sharpen it where this is possible.
The difference between a hook straight from the packet and a hook sharpened to an arrow point, that is sharpened on three sides, is worlds apart. I can show visiting anglers how to sharpen their hooks if they so wish.
It may also be beneficial to smear hooks with vaseline as this appears to help prevent the blunting of hooks in hard water lakes.
These two hooks are the same Nash hooks, the same size;
The hook on the right is straight from the packet