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   When to use a curve, wide gape and long shank?
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   Old Thread  #4 9 May 2022 at 8.42pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks for the detailed reply
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   Old Thread  #3 9 May 2022 at 4.11am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Personally, when I do use those patterns ( a lot of the time its others) its as follows.

Curve shank - Like thinking anglers, korda, muggas or ESP, a "proper" curve, there are some semi curved hooks out there like the original ridge monkey ones and the fox short curves which don't behave in the same way as the aforementioned ones.

I would use a curve shank for its inherent rig mechanics, usually a knotless knot with a bit of silicon on the shank, it isn't a hook I find particularly benefits from any shrink tube or preformed kicker, although I sometimes let my OCD cover the knot with a bit of shrink tube. its a no thrills easy to tie rig and the sole reason I don't use it more often is I'm a fan of copolymers and D rigs.


I would use a wide gape for a noodle rig, it works very well, and is a fantastic rig to avoid picking up tench. something useful to remember when times are hard, green and slimy. I also use them in solid bags where I usually prefer a beaked pointed hook. You can also tie the rig I mentioned in the curve shank paragraph with these styles of hook, a line aligned piece of shrink tube helps when that is the case, and I do this when I wish to use the same rig over more gnarly gravelly spots hard on the bottom.

Longshanks - Frankly, I don't use them anymore, I used to tie an extended D with them for wary fish but I prefer to use a thinking anglers straight eye hook, which is as the name suggests straight in the eye and also in the point, and thus with shrink tube can be made to act exactly like a longshank with not of the pitfalls. when I did use them more, it was usually in a blowblack style arrangement, but virtually every rig I used to tie with them had adaptations to accommodate the shank, I feel I've got better rigs in my armoury for the same jobs, in a more reliable fashion, that just don't use long shanks. never say never though! you can probably be creative utilising a long shank if you think about it.

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   Old Thread  #2 8 May 2022 at 10.30am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Consider buying the carpology ultimate rig guide (10th anniversary edition) as it gives advice on 20 rigs and details hook patterns to use with each. If you don't want to spend money, look on the korda website under the rig section for the same kind of info.
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   Old Thread  #1 7 May 2022 at 1.04am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Hello,

In what situation would you use a curv shank vs wide gape vs long shank?

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