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  1. #1
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    Default how long does it take a hook to rust out?

    i always feel bad when the line breaks and the fish has a fly in its mouth, another fly dangling waiting to snag something and weight dangling off that. i feel as if i may of killed that fish i didnt catch. if that other fly gets snagged on something the fish is then stuck there for a while. i always hope i catch that fish again but never do, i have caught many fish with other hooks in their mouth though. i gladly take it out, maybe steal the fly if its in good shape and let the fish go. so how long does it take the hook to rust out in freshwater?

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    Default Re: how long does it take a hook to rust out?

    Forever.

    I have NEVER caught a fish with another hook in its mouth in 60 years of fishing. I HAVE caught a lot of fish with hooks holes in their upper and lower jaw.

    I'm absolutely convinced that the hole opens up and the hook works its way out, sooner or later with no detriment to the fish.

    Hide a hook in a little pocket of rocks. Five years later it will still be there, almost fishable.

    Chris

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    Default Re: how long does it take a hook to rust out?

    Quote Originally Posted by fishnskiguy View Post
    Forever.

    Hide a hook in a little pocket of rocks. Five years later it will still be there, almost fishable.

    Chris
    im gonna try this. ill hide a hook in the water under a rock, and tie it to something once the flow settles down a bit and see if it rusts at all over the summer

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    Default Re: how long does it take a hook to rust out?

    An very interesting question as we all have at some time had some old rusty hooks around,however most could be still used unless they were near Salt Water for any length of time.
    I hadn't thought of it before even though I worked,many years ago where metals were tested,It would be very interesting to test the steel of various Brands of Hooks for their chemical composition of carbon,chromium,nickel etc,perhaps the makers could have a spec sheet,if it's available????
    Many of the other members probably have caught fish with hooks,or parts of hooks inside them,incidentally fish have a body acid like ourselves which dissolves hooks.
    Brian.

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    Default Re: how long does it take a hook to rust out?

    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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    Default Re: how long does it take a hook to rust out?

    Hooks Both in & out,as we have all caught fish which have swallowed the fly,however with Bead Fishing the fish are usually liphooked,with the hook inside or outside the mouth.
    Also some fish have holes as they have been released numerous times.

    Many years ago I was reading in The English Trout Fisherman Magazine where a guy when he caught a fish on a section of a river would attach a tag with a number,note the date & its location.
    In the end,after a certain ammount of time he could tell the Numbers on the Fish he was likely to catch at a certain location,also note every time he caught the same fish.
    He caught many of the fish numerous times,I cannot remember how many,very time consuming I thought.

    Brian.

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