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adding hook keepers to fishing poles #7273531
05/27/21 11:19 AM
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most of my favorite poles came with a hook keeper ,it is a great convenience feature on any pole .

I have several that don't have a hook keeper and so the line guide strut gets used , I have though about breaking out the epoxy , thread and some small wire and making a hook keeper. that sounds like a good winter project and it isn't winter it's fishing season.

I was thinking the zip ties with the hole for a #10 screw to hang cables and mount cabling should work and be fast easy and not permanent if I don't care for the location

https://www.farmandfleet.com/products/803511-gardner-bender-black-uvb-mounting-cable-ties.html

anyone else use these ?


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Re: adding hook keepers to fishing poles [Re: GREENCOUNTYPETE] #7273532
05/27/21 11:22 AM
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I never really liked them. I prefer to use the eyes. I think it's the placement, they're always placed right where I place my hand to carry my rods, so I end up grabbing a hook.

Re: adding hook keepers to fishing poles [Re: GREENCOUNTYPETE] #7274301
05/28/21 09:06 AM
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Same as M. Magis... even the rods w/ keepers I use the largest "gathering" guide closest to the reel... old habits die hard.
Best ones I ever used were on a couple of custom rods made w/ a loop of 100 lb. test mono formed into a loop and wrapped in a couple of inches above the foregrip.

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Re: adding hook keepers to fishing poles [Re: GREENCOUNTYPETE] #7274313
05/28/21 09:14 AM
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Using the eye as hook holder causes scratches on the inside of line guide. Scratches can nick or wear the line. Best to use the eye strut, like GCPete said, rather than actual eye.

I have seen those style zip ties used a lot for hook keepers, seem to work well.

Re: adding hook keepers to fishing poles [Re: M.Magis] #7274316
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Originally Posted by M.Magis
I never really liked them. I prefer to use the eyes. I think it's the placement, they're always placed right where I place my hand to carry my rods, so I end up grabbing a hook.


Same here, for the same reason. I only use them when fishing. When I am done I cut the hook off. Otherwise they always seem to get caught on something/someone or all tangled up.


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Re: adding hook keepers to fishing poles [Re: GREENCOUNTYPETE] #7274421
05/28/21 11:30 AM
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I have had guys request that the hook keeper be placed a little higher on the rod before. Some don't want a hook keeper at all but that is not an option that I am willing to give in on. Like Trapset said it can cause nicks and abrasions in the guide itself and hooking to guide post can cause issues with that structure and/or the wrapping and epoxy. If you carry your rods in that area just get yourself a bait sock to go over the bait or hooks. Not only will it protect your hands but keep everything from getting tangle up with other rods etc during storage.

Re: adding hook keepers to fishing poles [Re: GREENCOUNTYPETE] #7274432
05/28/21 11:40 AM
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In 40 some years of fishing, often 100+ days/year, Iíve never had it cause a problem with an eye. I think Iíll keep taking my chances.

Re: adding hook keepers to fishing poles [Re: GREENCOUNTYPETE] #7274558
05/28/21 02:50 PM
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Look up Fuji ez keeper, best thing there is and cheap.

Re: adding hook keepers to fishing poles [Re: M.Magis] #7274598
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Originally Posted by M.Magis
In 40 some years of fishing, often 100+ days/year, I’ve never had it cause a problem with an eye. I think I’ll keep taking my chances.


Not sure what type of fishing do or with what type of equipment but I have replaced many guides for customers over the years on store bought rods and a good chunk of those are from hook barbs marring the eye or too much pressure put on a guide post. To each his own everyone has a different way of doing things that works for them. Every rod I build has one. I am also quick to correct anyone in my boat not using it on my equipment.

Re: adding hook keepers to fishing poles [Re: GREENCOUNTYPETE] #7274647
05/28/21 05:35 PM
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Stick it in the eyelets and go on with your life is the way I look at it lol


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Re: adding hook keepers to fishing poles [Re: GREENCOUNTYPETE] #7274676
05/28/21 06:20 PM
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I always use the hook holder have never gotten a hook in my hand. If your rod and reel are balanced properly you shouldn't be holding it where you'll get hooked


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Re: adding hook keepers to fishing poles [Re: Turtledale] #7274767
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Originally Posted by Turtledale
I always use the hook holder have never gotten a hook in my hand. If your rod and reel are balanced properly you shouldn't be holding it where you'll get hooked

Your book holders must be placed different than the ones Iíve had. Theyíre placed exactly at the balance point.

Re: adding hook keepers to fishing poles [Re: GREENCOUNTYPETE] #7275135
05/29/21 09:04 AM
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I always use either the eye or the crank. 'just

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