Making small hook eyes into large eyes?

Discussion in 'Terminal Tackle Review' started by Old Bill, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. Old Bill

    Old Bill New Member

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    HELP!

    Somewhere on the BOC someone wrote that they enlarged the eyes on their hooks so that they could attach swivels to the hooks!

    Well, I really would like to know to do that! I've tried and all I end up with is holes in my fingers! Man, those hooks are sharp!:eek:oooh:

    Anyone got any pointers on how to open a 1/16" or 3/32" hook eye?

    Thanks,
     
  2. catfisherman_eky3

    catfisherman_eky3 New Member

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    Hey thank you for the post I know what you mean I have some wholes my self in my fingers and in my hands from them hooks I wish they was away you could avoid this but I guess this still happens.
     

  3. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    Bill, Can't help ya on the larger eyes, but have found when making our musky trails and spinners that a simple pencil eraser stuck over the barb will save them fingers :wink:
     
  4. Old Bill

    Old Bill New Member

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    You know, as old as I am...you would think that I'd be smart enough to have thought of something like that!:roll_eyes::roll_eyes:

    Thanks Randy! I learn something worthwhile everyday on the BOC!:smile2:
     
  5. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    Me too Bill, I gave Randy some rep for that one! lol:big_smile:
     
  6. tiny b

    tiny b Active Member

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    Don't know about making the eye bigger but would adding a split ring do what you need?
     
  7. Katmandeux

    Katmandeux New Member

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    If I understand your question correctly, it can be done pretty easily with two pliers. But there's a rub: any time you bend steel, and then bend it back, the metal fatigues, and it's strength is compromised. I just can't make myself feel good about this, and use split-rings for that reason.
     
  8. katcaller

    katcaller New Member

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    I use a pair of side cuts to "slice" between the hook end and the shaft and pry out. So far, I have not been able to do this to circle hooks, they are too hard and just break. The split ring is the way to go for most occasions however.
     
  9. Old Bill

    Old Bill New Member

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    Thanks Guys. I hadn't thought about using split-rings!

    Finding the right size split-rings will be much easier than messing with the hook eyes for sure.

    I was trying to open the eyes on circle hooks...and geting nowhere.
     
  10. catfishjon

    catfishjon New Member

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    I have found a way to attach a swivel to circle hook eyes. It's easy and I have had no failures the last 5 years. I place the circle hook in a small vise with the eye just protruding above the vise jaws. I take a small tapered punch that you can get at any auto parts place, tap into the eye till it expands enough to attach the swivel. I then clamp the eye with a pair of vise grips to close it enough to secure the swivel. There is only small movement of the eye, so the eye remains strong. Now you have one of my secrets. I put swivels on all my hooks this way. Good luck, Catfishjon
     
  11. Old Bill

    Old Bill New Member

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    Ah knew someone was doing that!:cool2: Ah just knew it!!

    Thanks Catfishjon!

    I'll give it a try...although split-rings sound mighty easy!:roll_eyes:
     
  12. mospurs

    mospurs New Member

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    I KNOW THIS FROM WORKING WITH CONIBEAR TRAPS
    DON'T SPREAD EYES OPEN
    WON'T CLOSE PROPERLY
    INSTEAD BEND ONE HALF OF EYE UP OR DOWN NOT OUT
    THE EYE IS NO LONGER FLAT
    ON BIG HOOKS PROBABLY NEED SMALL VISE AND LARGE PLIERS
    INSERT SWIVEL
    BEND EYE BACK INTO ORIGINAL POSITION
    ITS NOW FLAT AND TIGHT
    SOME STEELS IF HARD TEMPERED MIGHT NOT LIKE THIS