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hook finishes?

by bill piatek

I've been fishing a lot this year with a 270 Seiryu rod and a barbless hook and salmon egg. With the smallest 1/4" strike indicator everything is lip hooked and an easy release.

But after a bunch of trout they get spookier and I have to remove the indicator. At that point I start hooking a few deeper in the mouth.

What is everyone's feelings about using black nickel etc. finishes. Think they still desolve in the fishes digestive juices?

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Oct 07, 2019

by: Chris Stewart

I don't know the answer to your question. However, there are three things you could try. 1) There are a number of disgorgers on the market that are designed to safely remove hooks from deep hooked fish. 2) I have found that fish do not swallow a red wiggler nearly as fast as they do a salmon egg. 3) If you haven't already, try some of the yarn markers. They are in the air on a tight line, not floating in the surface, so they are much less likely to spook fish. I have had fish leap out of the water to try to eat them, so I think they consider them to be flies and generally ignore them.

Oct 07, 2019
thanks Chris
by: bill piatek

You're right, I should reach for the disgorger I bought from you first rather than the line clippers.

I still haven't tried the red wrigglers yet. Keep meaning to though along with the yarn markers.

Oct 08, 2019
Yarn is magic
by: Les Albjerg

Bill - Once you try the yarn markers, you will never go back. I rarely fish keiryu without yarn markers! I will often fish a fly, even a floating fly, with at least one yarn marker to keep track of the line easier. I didn't think much of them until I used them! I am also partial to Red Wigglers. I do fish eggs as well, but as Chris so well put it, the fish do play with them a bit more before inhaling them.

Oct 08, 2019
Another vote for Yarn Markers
by: Chris Stewart

I received an email just a day or so ago from a woman who has done Czech nymphing with a keiryu rod for years. She just tried using yarn markers instead of a tenkara line and wrote in to say "I should have used those yarn indicators and light line a long time ago. My method worked great but the Keiryu rig was deadly."

Oct 09, 2019
thanks guys
by: bill piatek

I'll try them when I heal up a little. Was hiking at Tent Rocks (google it) yesterday and did a face plant on the way down. Stiff & sore and face looks like hamburger!

Oct 09, 2019
by: Chris Stewart

Hope you feel better (and look better) soon!

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