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Old 12-04-2012, 10:15 AM
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Default Recycling hooks

Hey I have some flies that are either falling apart, look like **** or that I just want the hooks out of, so what are the best ways for getting the hooks clean?

Aside from using scissors, which I would rather avoid, are there other way to clean them off?
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:16 AM
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I usually just use a razor blade. My personal preference are the same ones I use for shaping and trimming deer hair but they all work just fine.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:22 AM
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As BFA says above, a single edge razor blade. Works a treat.
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Just putting it in your vice and "shaving" the materials off?
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Default Re: Recycling hooks

Ive heard of people burning the old fly off. Not sure if it affects the temper on the steel but it would be quick. Just don't over heat he hook.
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Don't think I would burn it off as heat is a bad thing in terms of hooks. Ever have one sap off while tightening down, the pressure generates heat and it just pops. Grab a pack of cheapo stanly knife blades and keep them handy at the vise. I recycle alot of hooks throughout the "season" start at the eye and shave it clean the rest just falls away.
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I have tried cutting and burning, but it's to much work for me. So, I just throw all my old flies and rejects in a box. It's kind of fun to watch the ball of flies grow over the years.
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I use an E-xacto knife. Same idea as the razor blade but with a nice handle. I recycle fly hooks a lot. I have a ton of Pike here. Small Pike have teeth so sharp they have clipped flies off on me so quick and clean I barely felt the hit. They can do horrible damage to a fly in short order. I get to recycle a lot of flies.
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I have tried cutting and burning, but it's to much work for me. So, I just throw all my old flies and rejects in a box. It's kind of fun to watch the ball of flies grow over the years.


I'm that way with cheap trout hooks. Bigger, more expensive hooks get recycled immediately.
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Just putting it in your vice and "shaving" the materials off?
Pretty much. The goal here is to cut the thread that is holding everything together. Once you get that going, you can start pulling materials off. The trickiest part for me is once you get to the eyes (if you have any tied on). The razor really shines there because you can get right under them and cut through that bulk of thread that holds them down.
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