Other Important Components

There are other components which individually may not seem very important to mention here but sometimes missing a single small component may hinder the completion of your lure. Lets take a look at a few of these components which every angler should stock in the work shop. They might just save the day.

Split Rings

Split rings are perhaps one of the most important components the angler should stock in the workshop.

They are most often used to attach hooks to spoons, spinners and other ^ ^ lures. But they serve many other purposes. Such as line attachment on crankbaits, blade attachment on spinnerbaits. Keep a few of several sizes ready for use.

Connection Sleeves

Connection sleeves are a necessity for the assembly of leaders made from nylon coated wire but do have several other uses. Most notable as spacers on spinners.

Swivels

Crane Swivels: Are the most popular swivels. There are many different quality crane swivels. Stay away form most imported crane swivels because many do not perform very well. I recommend you use Real Pro's Deluxe Crane Swivels. They are inexpensive and work very well. Use crane swivels where ever you require a swivel: spoons, spinners, spinnerbaits, harnesses and more.

Barrel Swivels: Barrel swivels are an inexpensive swivel but unfortunately do not perform very well. There main use is in bass sinkers and other lead molding applications. You should not use them on spinnerbaits or other spinners.

Ball-Bearing Swivels: Ball-Bearing swivels are the highest quality swivel and the most expensive. Here again stay away from cheap import models. Many cheaper models are not made from stainless steel and do not perform very well.

These swivels revolve on stainless steel ball bearings and will generally work well for long periods of time. Ball bearing swivels should be used where line twist is a major problem.

Duo-Lock Snaps

There are several styles of snaps on the market. The most popular and one of the strongest for their size is the duolock snap. What I like about the duo-lock snap is that both ends may be opened. This make the duo-lock snap great for attaching to lures, swivels and they have many other practicle uses.

Beads

Round beads, facetted beads, plastic beads, glass beads, hollow metal beads, solid brass beads, plated beads and glow in the dark beads in many different colours is just a start. Look through the Real Pro's SportFishing catalogue and your will quickly realize how many beads are available for making lures. No angler can survive without beads.

Eye Screws

Eye screws are used for line and hook attachments on wooden plugs. See page 58 for additional crankbait components.

Screws

Screws

Fish Hooks and Their Uses

There are many different styles and sizes of fish hooks. So many in fact that an entire book could be written on just their special uses. Over the years, fish hooks have become very specialized. I will be very general in covering fish hooks. One thing I must stress is that fish hooks just may be the most important part of your lure. If you skimp or use the wrong hook your results may suffer.

Fish Hook Parts

Look over the above figure of the different parts of a typical fish hook. Probably the two most important dimensions are the gap and throat. The larger the gap the easier it is for hook setting. The larger the throat the better the holding power of the hook.

In each category of hooks there are generalist and specialist hooks. Generalist hooks are designed to serve many uses while a specialist hooks are designed for limited use but are almost always superior for the purpose they have been designed for.

Below are a number of popular fish hooks and their general uses. Please remember there are many more hooks than can be mentioned here.

Treble Hooks: There are several different designs of trebles. Each hook is somewhat different.

Eagle Claw 374

VMC 9649

Eagle Claw 954

Eagle Claw 374

VMC 9649

Eagle Claw 954

Look at the above trebles and you will notice that each is different in design.

The Eagle Claw 374 is a general purpose treble. Use on spoons, spinners and anywhere you might require a treble hook.

The VMC 9649 is a thin wire wide bend (larger gap), and has much larger throat. This thin wire hook will penetrate the fish's jaw easier and the large throat means the hook will have more holding power. Use this treble hooks on spinners and stingers where you require better hook sets. This is an ideal hook on all spinners and stingers.

The Eagle Claw 954 is very similar in design to the VMC 9649 except the wire is much heavier. Use this hook when fishing for large bony jawed fish. This hook is one of the best hooks for crankbaits and plugs.

Jig Hooks: Jig hooks come in many styles and serve many purposes. Below is a small sampling of different jig hooks. Most jig hooks are specialist in design. Often they have been designed for a single jig. Check the mold you are using to determine the e:

The Eagle Claw 570 is the most popular jig hook. Almost all round head, banana, Erie, tube, and many other jigs use this 90° leg hook. Some fly tiers also use this hook.

The Eagle Claw 1623 is a specialist hook and is used exclusively for standup jigs.

The Eagle Claw 2190B is another specialist hook and is used exclusively for swim jigs.

Live Bait Hooks: Live Bait Hooks were originally designed for salmon and steelhead. They have a short shank and wide gap so the hook can easily be hidden by the bait (eggs or yarn flies). They are also extremely popular on walleye harnesses. Use smaller sized 6,4 and 2 for walleye harnesses. These are excellent hooks for snelling with their up turned (away from hook point) eyes.

The Eagle Claw 183 is a standard live bait hook.

The VMC V7356BN is a new generation of live bait hook. It is made from vanadium a new alloy which permits the manufacture of smaller diameter hooks which are up to 25% lighter and stronger than any other. This is a needle cone sure set hook. A super hook but it is expensive.

Open Eye Siwash Hooks: Siwash hooks are extremely strong hooks. They are wide gaps with an extremely deep throat. Once a salmon or trout is hooked on this hook you will seldom lose him. Also becoming popular on musky bucktail spinners.

Eagle Claw 570

Eagle Claw 1623

Eagle Claw 2190B

Eagle Claw 570

Eagle Claw 1623

Eagle Claw 2190B

Eagle Claw 183 VMC V7356BN

Eagle Claw 183 VMC V7356BN

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Eagle Claw 210 Open Eye

The Eagle Claw 210 Open Eye siwash is used on spoons, plugs and other salmon lures. A good hook on spinners where a single hook is required.

Spinnerbait/Buzz Bait and Trailer Hooks: Spinnerbait/Buzz Bait hooks have small eyes and are used for molding spinnerbait and buzz bait heads. Trailers on the other hand have a longer shank and a large eye. The larger eye permits the hook to be slid over the barb of the spinnerbait hook. They are usually held in place with latex tubing or a piece of rubber band.

The Eagle Claw 253 is the industry standard spinnerbait/buzz bait hook.

The Eagle Claw 261 with its large eye is used when a trailer (stinger) hook is required.

Other Popular hooks: There are many other popular hooks, each with a different purpose, far too many to mention here. The following hooks are very popular hooks with many uses. The first two are excellent hooks for snelling with their down turned (towards hook point) eyes. The third is often used on bait hook spinners with a solid wire shaft or when using a snell knot is not required.

Eagle Claw 80: The Eagle Claw 080 is a plain shank hook with a down turned eye. Use where snelling is important (walleye harness, snelled hooks etc.).

Eagle Claw 181: The Eagle Claw 181 is a bait holder (small barbs on the shank to hold bait in place) hook with a down turned eye. Use where snelling is important (walleye harness, snelled hooks etc.).

Eagle Claw 253

Eagle Claw 261

Eagle Claw 253

Eagle Claw 261

Eagle Claw 080

Eagle Claw 181 Bait Holder

Eagle Claw 080

Eagle Claw 181 Bait Holder

Eagle Claw 84: The Eagle Claw 084 is a plain shank hook w a straight eye. This is one of the more popular hooks for every day use. Use when a straight eye is required such as for tying

Eagle Claw 084

direct to line and bait hook spinners.

Eagle Claw 084

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