TROKAR MAG­NUM CARP HOOKS FROM EA­GLE CLAW

Carpworld - - REUBEN HEATON -

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.

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