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I donít know if this has been covered before.
Has anybody made hooks for coarse fishing from natural materials? If so can you spread a bit of light on the subject? Also are there any laws concerning this?
Den, I don't know for sure, but try here http://www.anglersnet.co.uk/ , if anyone is likely to know they probably will :-D
Any body got any pics of natural hooks?
Jamie made a lovely Nootka fishing hook while on a course earlier this year. I'm sure we can get him to post a pic... he should be proud of it....
Come on Jamie show us your pic :-D
I havn't made up any hooks, but this site can shed some light on materials used and configurations. History of the hook (http://www.mustad.no/abouthooks/h_history.php)
Good little article :biggthump
Sorry, this thread had passed me by - I wasnt ignoring it honest!!!!!!
Well, if you really want to see the nootka, here it is:
They are relatively simple hooks to make, just quite fiddly.
Cheers for posting that jamie, great hook .... now how about a 'how to make one' ;-)
Jamie, that is beautifull work :respekt: , how long did it take to make the Nootka and have you used it yet :icon_ques
What about this??? - :
thank you for your kind words! :oops:
as to how long it took, with prep etc it probably took about 2 or 3 hours as I fluffed the first carving and had to start again
i havent used it yet....just waiting for an invite from Roving Rich to come and help paddle his homemade canoe!
i will try to think of a way to put it down in words, but may struggle.....how about a nootka show at the meetup????
Thank all for your replies
Nice hook Jamie
Iíve made a few hooks of that design and found it quite hard getting the size down to take coarse (smaller ones) fish. I replaced the root for nettle fibre and used a sloe thorn for the point sealed with a bit of pine pitch. I got them down to the size of a finger nail. Iíll sort a camera soon so I can post them.
The problem is as Jamie mentioned, they are fiddly and trying to make one small enough to target the smaller fish is a hard job. Was this done once upon a time? Or were they just netted?
Any other info you have on using natural materials would be appreciated
No I have not used the coarse hooks yet. I made some bigger ones last year for using on the coast which worked ok. (Mackerel around a wreck)
Was this done once upon a time? Or were they just netted?
I would guess it would depend on their situation. Remember using a rod, hook and line (or hand-line) is a very inefficiant way to fish.... if it was your main source of food for your family you would probably not eat very well compared to a family using a net.... many traditional peoples used hooks and lines to fish to 'supplement' their already existing food supply gained from domesticated animals and agriculture....
The most lovely examples of neolithic fishing hooks I've seen (in the british museum) have been made out of bone and tooth ivory.... I have a few cattle teeth dotted around... I may just give it a go :-)
Go on Ed give it a go. :icon_smil It would be great to hear how you got on.
Iíve thought about making a hook from a tooth (canine) a few times but have been put off by its hardness and size. (Small)
Do you know any techniques for working tooth ivory?