Putting A Hook Hanger To
By: Craig Sandell ©
|The hooks hanger is typically
used as a method to suspend a hook from the body of your lure. The
draw back to the hook hanger is the possibility that the screws
will, over time, back out (When was the last
time you checked them for snugness). The alternate method for
suspending a hook from your lure is through the use of a screweye;
the screweye too has the potential to loosen over time. Enter the
hook hanger again. You can easily modify a hook hanger and use it to
prevent a screweye from backing out.
procedure is not complicated, but it will require a few tools. You will need
the following implements of construction:
& Side Cutters
You probably have these tools out in the garage. If you
don't, you can get
them, relatively inexpensively, at your local hardware store.
You will need to get yourself a hook hanger. The one
pictured here is a standard catalog item. They are not expensive and cost about 40 cents
for a bag of 10.
The Step By Step
Place the hook hanger in the jaws of the bench vise and
secure it snugly so that about ¼ of an inch of the body of the hook hanger is above the
jaws of the vise.
|Using your side cutters, remove the stem of
the hook hanger and file down any remaining stem so that it is flush with the body of the hook hanger.
|Using the angled
edge of the triangular file, cut a groove in the center of the body of the hook hanger.
|Your Hook Hanger should now look like the
modified one shown here at the left.
Now it is a simple matter to install the
modified hook hanger on your lure's screweye to prevent it from backing
out. Place the modified hook hanger on the lure so that the groove that you
cut in the hook hanger brackets the screw eye. (Make sure that the hook hanger
groove is tight up against the screw eye.) Secure the
hook hanger to the lure body using a #2 by ½" brass screw and you are ready to fish. [See the Hawg Wobbler below.]