Do I need fi­nesse hooks?

Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

DO I re­ally need to use a fine-wire hook for roach in sum­mer?

Al­bert Troughton, De­vizes

THE weight and thick­ness of the hook is not so im­por­tant in sum­mer when the fish are feed­ing well, but you still need to have one eye on fi­nesse.

Of course, you will still get the odd fish us­ing a very heavy wire hook but if you change to a classic fine sil­ver­fish hook, the dif­fer­ence is re­mark­able.

You don’t need to be us­ing the re­ally del­i­cate hooks that you might use in the depths of win­ter but a good all-round sil­ver­fish hook from the Dren­nan, Ka­masan or Pre­ston In­no­va­tions sta­bles, for ex­am­ple, re­ally will make a dif­fer­ence. A start­ing point would be a Dren­nan Car­bon Match for rod and line work or a Ka­masan B511 for the pole. A lighter hook means that the hook­bait falls through the wa­ter and be­haves more nat­u­rally on the bot­tom.

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