The Making of Fishing Hooks

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Jeff Pierce
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Whether large or small, painstaking care goes into making quality saltwater hooks, like these Mustad Demon Perfect Circles.Mustad
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Tempering (or heat-treating) carbon‑steel hooks is the most important step in their construction, as it greatly strengthens the wire.Mustad
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Coating a carbon-steel hook serves a number of purposes, from protecting against corrosion to aiding in presentation. The coatings pictured above are (l-to-r): Owner’s Anti-Rust Black; Gamakatsu’s Black Nickel; Daiichi’s Bleeding Bait Red.