Hook Hones & Sharpeners
Kindly refer to the photo above.
Some of you have dozed off… some of you haven’t…
Those who haven’t are the “unlucky” ones - the ones who’ve had a less-than-stellar relationship with hook hones and sharpeners. Until very recently, I was part of that group.
I lost not one, but two lifetime fish on the same day on a recent fishing trip. I told everyone that I had them on the line for a few seconds, but that they managed to “unhook” themselves after a very short time on the line. I wasn’t lying, I actually believed that I was speaking true words…
I saw those two fish up close, and they will stay with me for a long, long time.
It hit me a few days later… did I inspect or sharpen my hooks before use? No mystery there: the answer was no. So in the end, I wasn’t unlucky, but rather negligent. Lazy, even.
The worst part is that I had a hook sharpener on hand. I’ve had one with me for about 15 years, it’s a beauty - and still embarrassingly new. I think that I may have sharpened about 20 hooks with it, and that’s over the course of that 15-year period. I did the math, and the result is dismal – to say that I used it 1% of the time would be a gross exaggeration.
If that boring photo above put you to sleep, well then it’s time to wake up. You probably haven’t lost important fish (congratulations on that point!), but you will… at some point… and you might wonder what happened…
Hook sharpeners don’t have the sex appeal that a glossy new reel or rod do, but their function is every bit as important as that glossy reel and rod.
Hook hones & sharpeners – use ‘em regularly!
(you can thank me later)