Step 4: Assembly

Now to join the hook and shaft together, bringing the hook stick to life!

Take a look at the hook you've made and determine whether you've twisted it up clockwise or anticlockwise, then press the hook into the hole, screwing it in along the twisted pattern - this will ensure that the silicone sticks into the grooves of the hook.

Take the two hose clamps and fasten them along the shaft, one roughly at the top of the shaft and the other around the point where the base of the hook is. 
I would wrap some sort of cloth around the hook end, to make sure you do not injure the snake.
I tried doing this, but the wire was way too flexible
The silicone prevents injury to the snake, but cloth would work too.<br><br>It's strange that your hook is flexible. It could be that the wire isn't thick enough or that it's not twisted up tightly enough? <br><br>The hook on the stick I made in this Instructable has proven to be strong enough to flip rocks and logs without bending at all. As a test I took a 5kg weight and suspended it on the very tip of the hook (where the level effect is strongest and the most stress put on the bend) and it supports the weight without bending a fraction... What kind of wire did you use bud?
I didn't mean to pad the sharp end, many hooks have a padding to prevent injury on the entire hook.
Average clother hanger wire.
Instead of using silicone to glue the hook in place, try using a two part epoxy. That's what holds golf club heads onto the shafts. I think that would make the hook much less likely to fall out. Otherwise, excellent instructable!
Good plan, it would work better. Indeed, there's a lot on my hook stick that could have been better, but I just went out to build one using scraps around the workshop so that there's no cost involved - I had silicone, and didn't have epoxy... <br><br>Just stay away from that greyish cement-like two-part adhesive - it has a habit of popping out the shaft.
Very interesting.<br> <br> When I was a conscript (in the pleistocene), to catch <a href="https://www.google.com.ar/search?q=yarar%C3%A1&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:es-ES:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=es&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=bzZdT4iwFcrAtweLz6CFDA&biw=960&bih=508&sei=eTZdT8vjNcqItwflrfGEDA" rel="nofollow">poisonous snakes</a> I used two thin canes, freshly cut from any tree. First put a cane at middle of the body, then the other nearer to the head, and so on until press its nape(neck?) on the floor. Then with nude fingers catch it from its neck and introduce it in a bottle, the tail first. To avoid any danger of biting, when all the body was into the bottle, a little stick was put into its mouth before drop it. The cork had two or three grooves for the air can renew.<br> <br> This procedure is safe and not injure it. Then the snake was carried to an institute to extract its venom in order to make antivenom, without killing it.
Yeah, I've heard of this method, although I wouldn't risk it, especially out here where I live - the nearest reputable hospital is about 2 and a half hours drive away, so I play it safe...<br><br>I catch venomous species using these two methods - http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Safely-Catch-a-Snake/

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