How to Make Your Own Fishing Hooks

How to Make Your Own Fishing Hooks
Fishing hooks are made from all sorts of materials, including metal, wood and chicken bones. For the handyman or budget fisherman, making fishing hooks out of junk is a good way to recycle materials and save money on fishing supplies. One of the most effective homemade fishing hooks is made of barbed wire and can be finished in just a few minutes.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Barbed wire Wire cutters Needle-nose pliers Work gloves
  • Barbed wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Work gloves
Step 1
Wash barbed wire under a strong water spray to remove dirt and other sediments.
Step 2
Clip the wire just past a barb. Make another cut about one inch up on the other side of the barb. You will fashion this piece into a hook.
Step 3
Use your needle-nose pliers to bend the barb to resemble a curved hook. If your wire has two barbs attached at the same place, you may choose to curve both barbs slightly upward to form an anchor hook. This type of hook is not recommended for catch-and-release fishing because of its likelihood to cause a fatal injury to the fish.
Step 4
Bend the top of the hook back until it touches itself, forming a loop to thread the fishing line through. To seal it, hold the end over a flame for 10 to 15 seconds and pinch gently with the pliers.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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