TEST YOUR HOOK­LENGTHS

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

ONCE you are happy with your reel lines match­ing the var­i­ous rods you own, try the same ex­er­cises with var­i­ous length hook­lengths. The fur­ther away you are from the end, the more stretch fac­tor you have and that al­lows you to use thin di­am­e­ter lines.

Ob­vi­ously, there is a prob­lem if you hook a big bar­bel or carp on a very light hook­length but if you are fish­ing on rivers where there is lit­tle chance of this hap­pen­ing, you are bet­ter off us­ing lighter lines to get more bites from smaller fish. For my lighter ac­tion float rods I use hook­lengths from 0.10mm to 0.16mm and for stronger rods I use from 0.18mm to 0.21mm or tie the hook di­rect to the main line.

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