Learning how to make weedless fishing hooks with wire can take some time, but once you have it down, it is fairly easy. Only a few items are needed, and it only takes a few minutes to construct a weedless hook from a standard fishing hook once you've gotten the hang of it. The following are the guidelines.
To construct a weedless fishing hook with wire, you will need:
- standard fishing hook
- 20 lb bite wire (wire leader for fishing)
Once you have all of the materials, you may begin. Here is how to do it:
- Cut a one foot section of the bite wire from its spool. Insert one end of the wire through the eye of the hook, and bend the wire back in a "v" shape, bent at the middle.
- Hold the hook by its bend in your hand, and turn it upside down so that the point is up. Make sure that one end of the bent wire that runs through the eye of the hook is facing back, on top of the hook shank as the hook is upside down, pinched between your fingers at its base.
- Move fingers up the hook to hold the wire in position (one end should be facing back, toward the hook's point). Then, move your fingers to the other end of the wire, holding the end facing the top of the upside down shank. Tightly wrap it just behind the eye of the hook with the end facing back to secure its position. Wrap it about three times.
- Tie a half-hitch knot, pull the tag (the half of the wire that was used in the wrapping) tight with the pliers, and trim it. You should now have a hook with a wire facing back toward the hook's point, and the other end of that piece of wire wrapping the guard section just behind the eye. Bend the guard piece of wire, which was wrapped over by the other piece, into place; it should be pulled up from the shank to create an angle wider than that from where it is wrapped to the point of the hook. Trim the wire weed guard with pliers so that it extends just a little bit further than the point of the hook is from the eye.
- Once the angle is right, mix a little bit of five-minute epoxy, and coat the wire wraps behind the eye of the hook. After that dries, the weedless hook may be used.
It takes a little while to get used to, but there are some things that can make the process of constructing weedless hooks easier. Using thinner wire makes the wrapping part easier, and it can also make for a better weed guard. Be sure that, when finished, the guard is bent back, but not close to the shank so that it falls inside of the hook's point. This will cause it to be ineffective; if the hook point can grab weeds when in the water (instead of having weeds deflected by the guard), it will not work. Run your finger gently along the underside of the hook. If you feel no prick, and the wire guard is somewhat sturdy, the weedless hook should work just fine.