Harness Hook Samples

Live Bait Hook Up Turned Eye

Live Bait Hook Up Turned Eye

Aberdeen Hook Straight Eye

Bait Holder Hook Down Turn Eye

Aberdeen Hook Straight Eye

VMC Sure Set Hook Up Turned Eye

Bait Holder Hook Down Turn Eye

Sproat Hook Down Turn Eye

Sproat Straight Eye Hook*

VMC Sure Set Hook Up Turned Eye

Sproat Hook Down Turn Eye

Sproat Straight Eye Hook*

The Sproat Straight eye (Eagle Claw 84) hook is generally used on harnesses when they are assembled with nylon coated wire and a connection sleeve is used to make the connection.

Standard Treble

Standard Treble

Eagle Claw 374

Wide Bend Thin Wire Treble VMC 9649

Wide Bend Thin Wire Treble VMC 9649

Wide Bend Short Shank Treble Eagle Claw 954

Wide Bend Short Shank Treble Eagle Claw 954

Shown on the right are a few possible combinations of hooks.

  • 1) Ideal for leeches and minnows. Use a size 6 with leeches.
  • 2) Ideal for night crawlers. You may also add a third hook for light strikes.
  • 3) The deluxe method for minnows.

12 or 10

Beads

No discussion of harnesses would be complete without at least the mention of beads. Beads are available in so many different colours, sizes and finishes that it would be impossible to discuss the best colours or sizes. So rather than talk colour lets talk size. Sizes 4, 5, and 6 are by far the most popular sizes on most harnesses but many anglers swear by size 8. Beads serve three main purposes. First, beads add attraction, so size and colour play an important part in the overall effectiveness of the spinner. Secondly, beads act as good separators, use beads to separate the different components of the spinner (blades, floats etc.). Thirdly, beads act as bearings for the clevise and blade.

Rig Floats

Rig floats are great at keeping your rigs off the bottom and away from obstructions as well as keeping your rig in the strike zone. They are available in three sizes and several colours. These floats are made of styrofoam and then painted in a number of fluorescent colours, each has a centre hole through its length. If you want to keep your harness off the bottom, thread on a rig float while making your harness.

Knots

Just when you thought you were over the tuff stuff we get to the knots. Every angler can easily tie on a hook using an improved clinch knot but many still have problems snelling a hook. You must learn to properly snell a hook if you want to rig a harness with multiple hooks. Remember strong knots hold your rigs together. You will quickly learn, while on the water, if your knots fail.

An Easy Snell

OCut your line approximately one foot longer than the finished rig will be. Now insert one end of the line through the eye of hook just past the barb. Pass the other end through eye in opposite direction, leaving a large loop hanging down.

While holding both lines along hook shank. Use line hanging from eye to wind tight coils around shank and both lines from eye towards barb. Make 5 to 10 coils.

  • Move fingers to hold coils tightly in place. Pull leader line extending from eye until entire loop has passed under coils.
  • With coils snuggled up neatly, use pliers to pull tag end, cinching up snell. Clip off tag end of rear hook. Repeat steps 1 to 4 for second hook.
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