How to Sharpen Fishing Hooks

Control and sharpen the hooks from lures is a healthy activity for our long winter evenings.

To find out if a hook needs to be sharpened, he made the test of the nail. Pointing down, it is applied without forcing on the nail of the thumb. If it goes bad scratching the nail, it is that it does not sting enough and needs a slight touch-up. If it slips without scratching it is that she’s very blunt and calls for a complete sharpening. A very spicy tip hangs the nail and sinks are without slipping.

We choose the lime or stone (instead of the diamond), the principle is the same: we always sharpens a hook by rubbing the tip to the curvature. It is the only way to get a spicy healthy and sustainable, which is not impaired at the first hitch.

Is done in several passes, without much support, by shifting the tool with every pass and trying to respect the original (around 15 °) angle.

Attention, the better is the enemy of the good, and if we attack too cutting-edge, can her weaken or shorten the fishing hook. You need light hand. Also avoid touching the inside of the tip, on the side of Barb: she is very delicate work.

Take advantage of the opportunity to cast off the Barb slightly if it is too removed from the Tip: it is a cause of poor penetration of the iron, and paradoxically stall. A discreet Barb is very sufficient.

As fly fishing gear, the small hooks are difficult to sharpen, better replace them. Sharpening concerns especially the triplets that equip the lures, jig or spinner bait hooks and big catfish hooks.

The limes are suitable for big hooks very hard steel for siding. The stones are softer, and are better suited to the small hooks and spicy finish. The best are the stones to the diamond, including templates with a Groove to guide the hook.