Since I am a catch-and-recatch fisherman, I disliked
the large bump of steel remaining when you bend
down the barb, and when compared to more modern,
chemically-sharpened hooks, the hook-point area is
too large in diameter. Using a Dremel Tool, I ground
away the excess metal, then with a hook hone I gained
a sharp point, which increased my hook-up rate
considerably. I use the same technique on another
popular bass hook that has no counterpart in modern,
chemically-sharpened hooks, the Mustad 3366. ~ DM
Credits: This tying tip is an excerpt from
Hot Bass Flies, By
the Deke Meyer, published by Frank Amato
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