Posted 14 February 2005 - 04:58 AM
Another thing leeds, I find pre-tied hooklengths too long for my preferences. I sometimes go as short as 4-6 inches whilst some of the pre-tied ones are well over 12 inches in length (some I have are nearly 2 feet!). Sometimes you will want to put some shot near the hook, but I don't like putting any shot on the hooklength at all. I don't want to risk a fish swimming around with anything
that could get snagged up if the hooklength breaks above the shot.
Using one of the hooktyers (either the Matchman [black] or the red one [Drennan?]) will mean the line is tied to the shaft of the hook instead of the eye, and if Rockling is right (and I have no reason to doubt him), presentation will be improved. In fact, I find the tyer so quick and easy to use that I tie all my hooks with it, eyed as well as spade-end.
Finally (for now )... When I tie my hooklengths I put each into a small re-sealable plastic bag with a piece of paper that only just fits inside. On one side I write down the size of hook; whether it is barbed, barbless or has the barb pinched down; the size of the hooklength; the strength and type of line and whether it is hair-rigged or not. Believe me it makes selecting the right one far easier when you are on the bank
Species caught in 2013: Beech, Elder, Hawthorn, Oak, Right Earlobe, Scots Pine.
Species caught in 2012: Ash, Aspen, Beech, Big Nasty Stinging Nettle, Birch, Copper Beech, Grey Willow, Holly, Hazel, Oak, Wasp Nest (that was a really bad day), White Poplar.
Species caught in 2011: Black Thorn, Crab Apple, Elder, Fir, Hawthorn, Horse Chestnut, Oak, Passing Dog, Rowan, Sycamore, Willow.
Species caught in 2010: Ash, Beech, Birch, Elder, Elm, Gorse, Mullberry, Oak, Poplar, Rowan, Sloe, Willow, Yew.