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Evening, does anyone know which River this is?
It’s in North Wales, running past Snowdonia.
Off on our summer hold on Saturday near here and wondered if there were any course fish in the river? Hoping there might be pike or barbel there so I might have a few hours one evening.
I dont fish every week, but try and get out a few times a month during the summer, normally after work sessions 4pm-midnight usually.
I fish mainly the Thames, for barbel mostly, the last barbel I caught was in 2008!!!!! It can be like banging you head against a wall most trips.
I have not seen them before really, but the points are almost straight anyway (certainly in that picture)
See I have found that the turned in beak/claw style hooks can blunt or dink over the hook point when im using them on the river.
Not always, but I have had it happen, my thought behind going over to a straight point is that I can sharpen them easier if needed, its hard to sharpen a beaked hook.
Im curious as to which hook patterns you guys use and why?
I have always used Korda Wide gape hooks, but think im going to change to a straight point hook this season, something like the Korum Specimen hooks or Drennan Barbel hooks.
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this thread and for the advice give - I picked up a Fox Stratos 7000 for £20 yesterday. Too cheap to refuse tbh. Plus means I have money left over for a new net :)
I cant honestly say I have ever used a grinner or a palomar knot in 30yrs of fishing, infact I have no idea the name of the knot I use, it was taught to me by my father when I was learning.
I go through the eye eye of the swivel, twist the tag end up the line 5 times, then pass back through...