Sharpening a Fishing Hook

fish hookFishers often spend a lot of time discussing knots, rods, reels, boats, lines, and a number of other topics related to the art of fishing. However, there is often surprisingly little discussion about the most direct and primary connection between you, the fisher, and the fish: the hook. A sharp hook increases the chances of taking home all sorts of fish at the end of the day. A dull hook might lead to the one that got away. It’s worth taking the time, therefore, to make sure your next trip to the lake, the ocean, or even the local watering hole is one where every piece of your tackle is on your side, including your sharp hooks. To that end, this guide will give you an overview to the relatively easy process of sharpening a fish hook.

Before you do anything else, you should check the sharpness of your hook. Typically, a freshly bought hook will be very sharp, but it is always worth double checking. You can easily do so by gently running the point of your hook across your fingernail. If the point of the hook leaves a mark on the nail and digs in a little, it is sharp, and you are ready to tie the hook and go fishing. If not, you may need a hook sharpening.

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Ten Hiking Tips for Beginners

shutterstock_501855Hiking on the open trail can be a fun and enlightening experience. The smell of clean, fresh air and the feel of the earth underfoot while walking among the trees and singing birds can make a person downright giddy with love for nature. But there are a few things that a beginning hiker should be aware of before heading out onto the trails. Keep these tips in mind while preparing for a hike:

1. Stay On the Trail
Staying on the trail will help keep an inexperienced hiker from getting lost. Also, sticking to the trail, even if it is wet or muddy, prevents the creation of a secondary trail, helps prevent erosion of the soil and keeps the fragile flora and fauna from being injured.

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What’s the Difference in Fishine Line?

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Choosing a type of fishing line can be quite confusing at times, since there are a huge number of different fishing lines on the shelves today. Depending on what type of fish you're after, where you'll be fishing, and personal preference, you may … [Continue reading]