A constructive post - tying assist hooks
Hi guys, I like to make my own assist hooks, and usually when I have some free time I make up a big batch that will last me for the year. With the long weekend, and me running on low inventory, it was time for this again.
There are infinite ways to tie them; I've experimented with a few and stuck with those that I find easy and clean to tie and which I have confidence in. I use a common method for my big assists (size 7/0 to 13/0). However for my smaller hooks used for light jigging, I prefer a different, less bulky method as the hooks are alot smaller. The assist cord material is also thinner and less stiff, allowing knots to bite in better. When I sat down to do this a few days ago I couldn't remember the method very well (doing it irregularly), but when I went online to refresh my memory I couldn't find my usual website! I had to sit down, cut up a couple of old, dead ones and piece it back together. So I won't forget again in the future, I thought I'd post it up for my reference here, and also for anyone else who's interested.
--- STARTING MATERIALS: In this case, I'm making assists for my 120-200g jigs (PE4). You need some solid rings (Owner size 5), some kevlar (YGK No. 20 - 190lb), and some hooks, in this case Owner SJ-38 size 2/0. You will also need a pair of scissors, a lighter, and a pair of pliers (preferrably long nose). You can also touch off each completed knot with a dab of superglue, but I've found it unnecessary.
I'll use a proxy hook and kevlar in the steps; its just much bigger so you can see what's going on.
--- STEP 1: Thread the kevlar through the eye of the hook, front to back, as shown (excuse the blurry pic)
-- STEP 2: Loop the kevlar around creating a half-hitch. The direction is important.
-- STEP 3: Loop the kevlar around the shank of the hook again exactly as shown.
-- STEP 4: Pass the tag end through the loop to create a half hitch in the opposite direction.
-- STEP 5: Loop it around the shank one more time in the same direction as STEP 4, creating another half-hitch.
-- STEP 6: Use pliers to tighten one end in the direction shown.
-- STEP 7: Now tighten the other end, again using the same method as shown.
-- STEP 8: You're done! Trim the tag end down to about 10mm, and burn the tip off with the lighter. While its still molten and hot, press it down with the butt of the lighter to squish it into a 'mushroom head'. This will act as extra insurance that the knot does not slip.