There’s a whole host of reasons why you may want to use a hook tyer. But anything that makes a repetitive job easier is a good thing in our book! In this article we are going to look at some of the reasons why you should use a hook tyer for eyed hooks and give you a couple of suggestions as to the best hook tyer for the money.
Why use a hook tyer?
There are numerous reasons why you might want to consider using a hook tyer.
As you’ll already know one of the keys to successful angling is consistency. By using a hook tyer you can ensure a perfect result. Each and every time.
Have you ever gone to tighten your knot and it just unravels and ‘pig-tails’? Are you at a loss as to why? Us too, but it happens. By using a hook tyer you should find that this problem is virtually eliminated. So, it is fair to say that a hook tyer offers a high degree of reliability in your hook knots, which essentially equals less fish lost.
Angling is a sport for all ages. However, as we get older our eyesight might not be what it once was and threading smaller hooks might prove to be quite troublesome. If you use a hook tyer then you’ll be able to keep up with the younger crowd (and tie stronger knots).
Whilst we are on the tricky topic of age, along with your eyesight, you may have noticed the slightest decline in your dexterity. Let’s say it takes you five minutes to get a decent hook knot tied. If you do that six times in one day then that is half an hour of fishing time lost. By using a hook tyer for eyed hooks you’ll find that you spend more time actually fishing, without any of the faff.
If you’ve never seen a hook tyer for eyed hooks then check out these suggestions:
Suggested Hook Tyers
- Brass finish
- All hook sizes
Sometimes the old ones are the best, and these hook tyers have been around for decades. This hook tyer is really simple to use, and once you’ve mastered it, probably won’t go back to the conventional ‘squinting on the bank’. It is small enough to fit in any tackle box or even a pocket. The bright colour means that it won’t be easily missed either. Regardless of whether you are tying on a big 4/0 hook or want something fine lie a size 24 hook this should have you covered, and will give you a perfect knot every time.
- All hook sizes
If our manual suggestion still seems like too much effort then you’ll want to go automatic. Once you’ve mastered how to use this handy little gadget, it will take you all of 30 seconds from start to finish. It can even be used for hair rigs!
This hook tyer is really compact and as with our other suggestion would easily fit in a pocket or side tray.
It isn’t laziness that drives an angler to use a hook tier. Regardless of whether you want to up your catch rate, ensure perfect knots or have dexterity issues, some might say that they are vital. Hook tyers save time and ensure consistency. It really is that simple.
Mike has over 30 years of fishing experience in carp fishing and general coarse fishing. He is always looking for the latest fishing kit to try out and talk about and needs a bigger shed due to all the fishing tackle he owns. You can read more about him here.