TROKAR MAGNUM CARP HOOKS FROM EAGLE CLAW
AAll Eagle Claw hooks are made in the Eagle Claw factory in Colorado, USA and the company have been making hooks for over 90 years. Reuben Heaton (RH) are the official importers for all Eagle Claw brands into the UK and the original connection came through RH’S lure manufacturing business which uses Eagle Claw products. The Trokar Magnum Carp Hook range was designed and developed for Eagle Claw by Reuben Heaton staff, including the likes of Martin Ford, and represents the first cooperation between the two companies on a new product. These are the first dedicated carp hooks to be made by Eagle Claw and are part of a wider European project to offer a more comprehensive portfolio for the European market.
As Eagle Claw are the first American company to enter the carp market RH were unsure of the response, so they focussed on the fact that Eagle Claw were a hook manufacturer with some 90 years’ experience and produced a very high-end product in terms of materials and point technology. It would have been easier to put out another needle-point carp range but RH wanted something a bit different.
First launched in the middle of 2016 the Magnum carp range sold well, based on a limited social media led campaign. This campaign was limited to an initial 30,000 hook total run to test the market. The hooks created a bit of an underground following and sold largely by word of mouth, based on performance and the quality of the steel.
The materials and processes used were of the highest calibre. This was reflected in the £6.99 pack retail price, so it was a bit of a gamble, but sales caught RH a bit by surprise and they actually ran out of a few sizes before the summer of last year. Since then remanufacturing has taken place and full stock levels will be reached in the next month or so with enough initial production to last a couple of years.
The hooks have been used by many well-known anglers and the response to the Magnum range has been overwhelmingly positive so far, with no negative criticism other than the price. The hooks have found favour for fishing in snaggy conditions, due to their strength, improved hook-up ratios on hard waters with shy fish using blowback rigs, etc., and in swims where anglers have had only experienced ‘liners’ previously.
The Trokar hook point concept, which is used in the Magnum carp hooks range, and was developed by world renowned hook maker Eagle Claw, changed the rules of specialist fishing in the US overnight, when it was launched in 2009. Since that time, the Trokar brand has developed an enviable reputation in a range of angling disciplines collecting many awards along the way. Trokar consultants have won
many major events including the FLW Championship, BASS Elite Series and Open wins proving that the unique properties of the Trokar point can give you the edge when it matters. This competition-level hook technology has now been transposed to specimen coarse fishing in the form of the Trokar Magnum Carp Hook range.
Trokar emerged as a category leader in a very short period of time by changing the perception and value of the fish hook in the minds of today’s discerning specialist anglers. This latest concept in hook point technology brings together elements of both the medical and fishing industries to create a point design with a dramatically reduced penetration pressure requirement that also has a strong geometric design.
Many modern hook designs attempt to reduce penetration pressure thresholds using ever finer and longer points that are highly susceptible to damage and turnover. The Trokar concept negates the need for a finer point by engineering in penetration efficiency without the removal of metal. Surgically Sharpened Technology (SST), is the term used to describe the one-of-akind machinery and manufacturing techniques used to make the Trokar hook. SST comes from the medical field, where the sharpest instruments in the world are developed for all types of medical and veterinary medicine. Eagle Claw worked hand-inhand with one of the world’s leading manufacturers of surgical grade needles to develop and engineer a point specifically designed for fishing.
The Trokar brand spares no expense during the manufacturing process using only quality components and materials. The base for the SST process is an ultra-clean, highcarbon steel with reduced impurities and increased carbon content that acts to amplify tensile strength and durability. Specifically made for the Trokar brand, Q741 high-carbon steel is a superlative wire which when formed and cold forged, provides consistent grain flow in the metal resulting in an increased strength-to-weight ratio.
To complement the high quality Q741 wire, Trokar Magnum Carp Hooks feature a specially formulated Black Chrome finish which uses ferromagnetic elements and an autocatalytic chemical plating technique to help prevent corrosion and premature wear both in fresh and saltwater environments. An additional PTFE layer improves performance still further and gives the hook the slightly dulled finish preferred by specimen anglers.
To complete the hook, Trokar seal the eye joint with a specific epoxy. This process not only helps prevent damage to fine braids and filaments, it also allows for better presentation of rigs with improved seating of material within the hook eye.