Our Outdoors: Keep your hooks sharp


February 21, 2022

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Stay Sharp. Whether on the water or at the vise, like with this Clouser minnow tied up for spring crappie fishing, checking the sharpness of hooks on any lure with a hook file is a small step that can pay big dividends.

Through the magnification of the reading glasses which middle age now requires me to wear at the lure making desk, I caught sight of the hook point on the most recent in a series of streamer patterns I was tying for crappies. More accurately, it was the blunted end of what should have been a hook point. Taking the fly dressed with brightly-hued bucktail out of the vise, I held up my thumb for t...

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