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Old 06-24-2008, 12:25 PM
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Fishing the Cable Hole at Deckers the other day. Had an EH Caddis/ Buckskin dropper rig. On the swing about 15 yards downstream I got a strike that felt like a baseball bat hitting a rock. I pulled up to set the hook and the whole rig went flying behind me. When I pulled it all in to inspect the rig I found the Buckskin hook was broken at the bend. This is not the first time this happened. How did this happen without snapping my 6x tippet?
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Hi Yatehey ,
I have never heard of this happening with that light of a tippet, the only thing I could say is maybe you got a bad batch of hooks, and that is assuming you tied these flies yourself.

Another thought is that maybe you are fracturing the hooks if your pinching the barbs to hard.

Keep us informed if you figure it out.
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Default Re: How'd he do that?

Some possible answers:

Are you crimping the barbs? If so, are the jaws of the pliers or hemostats/forceps you use smooth (no serrations)? Crimp a barb or two and then inspect the hook bend under magnification looking for nicks or scratches.

Do you tie your own flies? If so, check the vice's jaws for nicks or other problems. Also, make sure that you aren't over clamping on the hooks and creating a defect in the hook bend. Clamp a hook or two, tie, and then inspect the hook bend under magnification looking for nicks or scratches.
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:20 AM
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I buy, don't tie, yet. The Buckskin was bought at Flies and Lies in Deckers. The shop owner said he's had it happen to him too. I do know they get some of their flys from China. Someone else told me they've had the same problem with Dai-Riki hooks.
I don't crimp the barbs, but I do use hemos to hold the hook while tying it to the tippet and the hemos are grooved. And I clamp the hemos right there on the bend in the hook. Could be the problem.
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