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Old 08-17-2017, 08:45 AM
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Default Hook hones and sharpening.

What hook hones do you use and how do you sharpen some of these tiny hooks? I have sharpened a lot of large hooks but these small ones? I am not used to them and wonder if I am getting them sharp enough.

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Default Re: Hook hones and sharpening.

IMO, the chemically sharpened hooks don't need to be sharpened further. If it's sticky sharp out of the package, you'll likely dull it & never get it back to the original degree of sharp.

I've had a few that had bent points & been able to get them reshaped & sharp, but likely not as sharp as the rest in a pack. If it will stick in my finger nail, to me it's sharp enough. Otherwise, I set them aside & use them for other purposes, such as tails on articulated flies, after I cut off the bend & point.

For the older styles, I use a diamond git sharpening stone. Even the diamond grit finger nail boards work well. Unless the point is bent, all you need to do it touch up the point.

For the larger hooks, and I make some flies & jigs on very large hooks 5/0 up to 12/0, that are not particularly sharp from the package, I use a fine file, (Rapala has a good one but I have jewelers files too) and some various stones with different grit, plus ceramic &/or the diamond grit boards. I can get them plenty sharp enough.
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Default Re: Hook hones and sharpening.

I use one of these. Lansky Blademedic 4-in-1 sharpener. 400 Bad Request

I'll use the diamond tapered rod..... and with a couple whisks I've got a nice sharp point. The other sharpening stones are handy for knife sharpening.

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Default Re: Hook hones and sharpening.

I carry a tiemco ceramic hook hone with me on the water. It has a coarse and fine side. I use it most every outing. Works quickly and should work on tiny hooks as long as you can keep the hook postitioned right.

Lots of things like rocks, sand, and corrosion can mess up a hook's sharpness, a nice hone will quickly fix the issue.
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Default Re: Hook hones and sharpening.

For years all I have ever used is a fine grit angled sharpening stone. If the point grabs my fingernail I'm good to go.

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Default Re: Hook hones and sharpening.

I carried a hook sharpener the first 10 years I fly fished....never used it. Most flies only last 8 to 12 fish for me. By then they are either torn up or lost.
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Default Re: Hook hones and sharpening.

I use a cheap sharpener that I bought at a tackle shop in Smithers last year after losing my 3rd (!) sharpener in a river. It's a copy of the Dr. Slick sharpener and works fine. Fishing big flies on sink-tip lines for steelhead and salmon, I find that some hooks need sharpening every so often, especially after snagging bottom or hooking a fish or two. If the point's too far gone I'll just tie on a new fly.

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Default Re: Hook hones and sharpening.

I use several different stones at times. But fine points & touch ups on water are done with diamond hone made for hooks. Hone is flat on one side , round on other w/channel in center. Sharpen hooks from sides & back.
Smallest hooks I've used hone on would be size #8. Usually larger for salt. Once hooks decrease enough in size sharpening would be pointless (no pun intended). Small guage wire will penetrate the soft flesh in trout mouths easily.

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