Re: Valuable Lesson Learned (i.e. sharpen those hooks!)
Not knowing what size hooks you were using, one way I've 'overcome' this bit of frustration is to use a slightly larger hook, scaled down tie, done on fine wire. The finer the wire the easier it is for the point to penetrate.
Over kill example here but think about pushing a nail against your arm vs an automatic pencil lead. Obvious which one would take less to break the skin.
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