Wire Fishing Hook

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Introduction: Wire Fishing Hook

In this instructable I’ll show you how to make a wire fishing hook.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

For this project you will need wire cutters, 18 gauge steel wire (I used stainless), and needle nose pliers

Step 2: Cut the Wire

Cut a 2 inch length of wire

Step 3: Make a Loop

Use your needle nose pliers to make a small loop in the top. Pinch it with your pliers to secure it.

Step 4: Bend It

Bend up part of the bottom into a “U” shape

Step 5: Cut It

Cut the end into a a point. The steeper the angle the better.

Step 6: Temper It WARNING DO NOT DO THIS WITH GALVANIZED STEEL!

Hold the hook to a flame (lighter, candle, campfire, alcohol stove etc) until it is glowing hot. Then immediately put it in water. This makes it less bendy and more brittle so you have to weigh your options. Sorry no pics yet.

Step 7: You’re Done!

Good job! You have successfully made a fishing hook. Let me know what your thought in the comments below.

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Without a barb, this won't really work too well at catching fish. Nice write up though.

any advice on how to add a barb?

A few issues. If you really want to catch fish and keep them on the hook, you have to make some sort of barb or never let even an inch of slack line. Second, you can use a fie or sand paper to really sharpen the hook. I actually do that to store purchased hooks all the time to make them really sharp. Third, if you really want the hook to not bend with a big fish on, heat the hook up to glowing red and quench it in water (or oil). That tempers it but also can make it brittle so you have to weight the options.

ok thanks for the tips. I’ll add some steps on how to harden it soon