Eastern Region updates provided by Joe Doucette with Elko Fly Shop
While talking with two anglers about their recent trip to Wildhorse, they were very happy with the fishing though the father said his hook ups were not very good. The son was very happy about all the fish he caught but the father said that while he had lots of strikes he wasn’t able to catch many. I asked if he ever sharpened his hooks. He said, “No, are you supposed to?”
One of the least used accessories that many anglers don’t carry is a hook sharpener. When anglers talk about the “big one” that got away, my first thought is a dull hook. A dull hook doesn’t penetrate well, and on the bony mouth of bass and trout, not penetrating well gives the fish a much greater chance of throwing the hook.
Sharpening a hook is easy. Using a hook hone, ceramic stone, or diamond file, you give it a couple of strokes parallel to the shank on the bottom of the point. Then a run a couple of strokes on each side of the point and in most cases you are done. You can test the hook by drawing it across your thumbnail at a 45-degree angle. If it slides off, it’s not sharp enough, if the point digs in, you are good to go.
Whether you are bait fishing, throwing lures or fly fishing, lots of things cause your hook to get dull. Dragging it on the bottom, getting it caught in debris or hooking a branch on your back cast will all dull the point of your hook. Even hooking a fish or two, will dull the point.
Rust is a big factor in dull hooks. Just a few specks you can hardly see on the point can be the difference between a hook that catches fish and one that doesn’t. So don’t put your lures or flies away wet and make sure to touch them up fairly often while fishing.
So, break out the hook sharper, an Arkansas stone knife sharpener, an emery board, a diamond sharpener or in a pinch even some fine emery sandpaper and cut down on the lost fish.
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Our urban ponds are just starting to shift into summer mode with the coming heat. Some of the warmer ponds will start to see the stocking slow or stop for the season. Wilson Commons, Mitch Park Pond, and the Verdi Ponds all hold some warmwater species that can be fun to target when trout fishing slows. Stocking will continue at some of the cooler ponds including The Sparks Marina, Marilyn’s Pond and Baily Pond. The best method for summer is definitely a salmon egg under a bobber on light line. Many of the ponds have vegetation that takes hold of the bottom making fishing deep a real challenge. Small spinner can also be effective when the water is cool early and late in the day. Fly fishing with small terrestrial dry flies or peacock body nymphs should work well into summer.
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LAs Vegas Urban ponds
Bluegill are providing good action for anglers following a recent fish plant by the Nevada Department of Wildlife. The fish will take live mealworms, night crawler pieces and small flies. Catfish will hit on nightcrawlers, chicken liver or stink baits fished off the bottom. Bass have been in the mix as well.
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For information about NDOW educational fishing programs and classes, visit https://register-ed.com/programs/nevada/210-angler-education . Fishing licenses can be purchased online at www.ndowlicensing.com.