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Deckhand
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Hallo folks,
I recently read an article suggesting that more hooks are pulled from narrow gauge hooks, than too tight drags. Now I don’t pull nearly as many hooks as I did years ago; but, I had attributed the improvement in my hook to cook ratio to backing off the drag a bit and to patience. If a larger gauge hook will let me tighten the drag and shorten the fight, I’m all for it. I suspect that there are downsides like presentation, bait life and such. Should I exchange my flyliners for gorillas? What are your experiences and what conclusions have you come to?


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Deckhand
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My background is strictly cow fishing, so from that perspective it's never an issue with very light wire hooks. It's either "mid weight" wire or heavy wire, and in that range it's always too much drag FOR WHERE THE HOOK IS LODGED. That's the thing.
 
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You really need to choose your hook to match line test. This is even more important with braided lines, mono will stretch and absorbs shock that may pull hooks.
 
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IMO...farming is over 70% on me not the gear.

I fly fish and catch trout 5 # and up on 6x tippet(less than 2# test) and very small hooks size 22/24.

So thin wire hooks and light line is not the problem. "I am" when I step to the rail and hammer down on a west coast pacific species and farm the sucker.


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There is alot of stories about "The one that got away", So I assume that sometimes the fish will not get caught everytime, no matter what. Alas,,,,, one does strive for perfection, A Toast- To REALITY!!!! (Now go have another drink, You'll make us all feel better)


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Deckhand
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Hallo folks,
Thank you for your comments.

Here are links to the articles that got me wonderin'.


http://www.sdlongrange.com/art...on-heavy-tackle.html

http://www.sdlongrange.com/art...ing-on-big-fish.html


Sacto: "too much drag FOR WHERE THE HOOK IS LODGED". If those darned fish would eat politely with the hooks in the corner of their mouths, they would be in the freezer where they belong.

froggywaldo: "match hook to line test.".... Insightful and succinct as always. Thank you, Sir.

SDTuna09: "IMO...farming is over 70% on me not the gear." I can't argue with that! Sometimes I think I've made inappropriate choices, though. When a yellowtail at San Martin straightend a Hayabusa Light Circle hook, I switched back to Mustad 94150s. (I still have the straight hook and yes, I did land the sucker!). I've also had Owner flyliners work their way up the gill plates of albies. I wonder if a thicker hook would have stayed put better.

Crown Victoria: "Alas,,,,, one does strive for perfection, A Toast- To REALITY!!!!"
Agreed. I'm not complaining (much). As I said my hook to cook ratio has improved over the years; however I am looking to make those incremental improvements to my skills (including tackle selection) that will make me a better fish chaser.

Again, thank you all!


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