How to use Gang Hooks

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We have received some questions regarding how we fish with our gang hooks. If anyone is not able to fully understand the explanation, or if anyone has any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We will start by explaining the use of the gang hooks while stream or river fishing. Once again, we prefer to fish moving water, or a stream or river with a moving current. In this explanation, you can assume that we will be fishing for rainbow trout, or any of the trout species. Our technique will also work for salmon or steelhead.

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How to use Gang Hooks

How do you hook a gang hook?

First you will choose your bait. In this particular case, I will be explaining the technique with what we usually use for trout bait- those are red worms. Now that you are ready to cast, I will create a scenario. Let’s say that we are facing the stream; our back is to the bank (we are wading in the water also). The water is moving from the left to the right. Before we cast we will already have to use some of our fishing gear- we should be wearing a pair of polarized sunglasses so that we can assume the depth of the river or stream. If the water is moving at all, we will have to attach our split shot as well. Remember, we want our live bait to bounce across the bottom, so we don’t want to use too much weight that we get hung up each time we cast.

What do you use gang hooks for?

My first cast is normally my “practice” cast, so I then have a good idea as to how many split shot, or how much weight to use. Now that I have some weight just above my swivel (ahh, the beauty of the JRW Gang Hooks) we are ready to cast. If we are standing and looking straight out across the stream or river, we will be casting to the “11 o’clock position” for the most part.

What I mean by for the most part is that when you are in the ideal situation (no brush in front of you, a clear place to cast, no structure underneath the water that will break you off, etc.), the 11 o’clock cast will allow your bait to hit the water and start dropping to the bottom. If you have the proper weight and the water is moving to the consistency of the weight, you bait should start bouncing on the bottom by about the 12:30- 1 o’clock position. Also, as soon as you cast and flip your bail, you will want to place the line on your pointer finger. That way you will be able to “feel” your bait across the bottom.

Can you gang circle hooks?

Once you place the line circle hooks on your  finger, you want to raise your rod tip up, trying to remove the slack in your line from the cast at the 11 o’clock position. As you feel your bait moving across the bottom, you may need to gently kick your bait back towards you if it starts to get hung up on grass, rocks, etc. As your bait moves from in front of you towards your right, you will want to start dropping your rod tip, thus keeping the bait closer to the bottom.

Essentially, as your bait follows the current, and as your line creates tension through the water, your bait will begin to lift. If the current is a little too fast for my liking (little too fast meaning that I don’t want to load up my line with a bunch of split shot), I will cast at the 11 o’clock position, feel my bait across the bottom, and when I feel the current lifting my worm up, I will take a step or two towards the bait, or I move downstream a step or two. I want my bait to end at the 3 o’clock position from where I was facing the stream originally or directly to my right if you will- how about at a 90 degree angle- you understand.

What do you do when your fish aren’t biting?

If I do not get a bite, I will step back to my original casting spot and work that area for at least three casts before moving further downstream. Now, people, if you fish this technique as we do, you will lose some fishing tackle. It’s the nature of the technique. As you fish, your fishing area will change. You will find deep holes, downed trees, larger rocks, thick grass, etc. Anything that will be able to break you off, you will find. Don’t get too frustrated though- that’s where the big fish are. That trophy Rainbow Trout you are looking for didn’t get that big swimming in an open, “please catch me I’m right here” area. That fish doesn’t want you to find him, so you can bet you’ll lose some fishing tackle trying to get to him.

What has just been described is a typical river fishing scenario. Once again, as conditions in the water change, so do your fishing techniques. Keep checking back with us for more helpful hints on how to fish with Fish-En. Now get your gang hooks, go on and git u sum!

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