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Sunday, February 19, 2012

An unhappy hooker

So, there I was sitting at the tying desk noodling around with different materials today when I heard a small crash. I turned around and my hook box was lying upside down on the floor. So were about 500 hooks of various sizes but mostly small...buried in the shag-type carpeting. Oh my!

I started to pick them up in bunches until my fingers yelled stop. (mistake #2) but that didn't work out so well. Remembering that downstairs in the "junk" drawer in the kitchen was a magnet of unknown origin I grabbed it and went back upstairs. Does anyone know how far a size 24 dry fly hook can fly? Never mind... 4 feet from the initial point of impact.

I began running the magnet over and over and over the area. Possibly mistake #3. You see this magnet obviously once helped run a large turbine...powerful beyond words. I now have around 500 (give or take a few) hooks that are magnetized in several bunches. Does anyone have a cure for this? Maybe it doesn't matter. I can't imagine trying to sort them anyway.

I guess it would be polite to show a few flies at this point. Yes, that's all there is...I was just getting started. 1 red ant, 2 stimulators, 1 humpy and 1 caddis. I was playing with foam ants when the accident occurred.




35 comments:

  1. Accidents happen, don't they? :-} "Noodling" around might be a distraction!! Sorry, pal.

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    1. Okay Emily, you got me on that one. :0

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    1. Hi Juan! You can say that again.

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  3. Maybe the magnetized hooks will have some special fish attracting qualities.

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    1. Jay,
      ...or maybe not. Probably give them cancer.

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  4. The remedy is a good long soak in scotch.

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    1. Hey Clif, how long do I leave them soak?

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    2. Is Clif recommending you soak your fingers? I might try that! Seriously, this is the catastrophe of all fly fishing catastrophe's. Keep us posted on how you manage this.

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    3. Mel, Knowing Clif, he was either recommending soaking my fingers or drinking the scotch or maybe really soaking the hooks to break the magnetism. I'll keep you posted.

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  5. I've been thinking of using magnetic hooks to attract Steelhead... I also here there is something called a "Trout Magnet" so you might be on the right path here!

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    1. funcfish, I guess I'm going to pack my bags and move to steelhead country. I know I've heard of a $h!t magnet but never a trout magnet...Hey!

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    2. That is what "dumb blondes" use to catch Steelhead! They dead drift magnets tied to the end of their line in hopes of hooking a "Steel Head".

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    3. I've used the real trout magnets and they work. Not sure yours will be as productive though.

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    4. What's a real trout magnet? I'll try most anything.

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  6. That sucks. No two ways about it.

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    1. Hey buddy, I was hoping one of the few voices of reason and sanity would have a solution...THAT sucks.

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  7. Howard, it is possible to demagnetise the hooks. If you put them into that box in your picture in the compartments. Fasten the lid. Take them and the magnet you used away from your fly tying room. Out in the yard would be good if not raining. Lay the magnet on the ground. Lay the box on top of the magnet. Lift the box and start shaking the box around from side to side, turning the box around and around in your hands say around every ten seconds as you go. After about half a minute keep on with the shaking and turning, but now start to gradually raise the box up, still over the magnet but farther away. Keep doing this until the box is high enough to be out of the magnetic range of the magnet. The method relies on disrupting the magnetic poles inside the hooks so: the shaking is done quickly, the turning a little slower and the raising away from the magnet very slowly. It will be hard work but it will be effective.


    Regular Rod

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    1. Regular Rod, Thanks for the great idea. It's 28 degrees here and there is fresh snow on the ground. I walked outside with the magnets and they sucked my wife's car sideways into the garage...I'm not on Candid Camera am I?

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  8. my question is this: why is there "shag-type" carpeting in the first place? It's 2012, man...

    Good luck with the disaster recovery :)

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    1. Mat, Well I hoped to sneak that one through without anyone noticing...thanks! But it's this way. My wife and I have an agreement that we won't replace the carpeting until the dog dies and the kids quit pooping on the floors.

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  9. That sucks. maybe the hooks will act like a fish magnet. who knows, you might have stumbled on the next million dollar idea.... or you now just have a bunched up mess of hooks in your fly box. reguardless, thanks for the laugh this morning.

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    1. Ah Joel, thanks for the encouragement. Did I ever mention that I don't wear shoes in the house? You guessed it...I found a stray.

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  10. ouch, I feel your pain. I have never had a hook box fall over. I offten wonder what I would do? It was nice meeting you on Saturday.

    Carl

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    1. Hi Carl, I sure enjoyed your demo on Saturday. I honestly thought that between you, Jay, Juan and Charlie that one of you would have the secret. I think I'll take up crocheting...

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  11. Wow, I'm glad you found out not to pick up hooks with a magnet before I did it. Would have been my first thought if I dumped my hook box, but now I know better. The Scotch idea is a good one, though.

    Mark

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    1. Mark, if I hadn't used the magnet I'd still be on the floor. I didn't know what else to do, maybe the scotch before I got started?

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  12. Oh Shasta Cola! That sucks.

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    1. Marc, I keep everything so organized, this is going to be a big blow to my tying.

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  13. I once did the very same thing with a box full of tungsten beads.

    7 months later I'm still finding beads on floor. LOL

    The flies look great!

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    1. G Lech, I knew it had to have happened to someone besides me! I'm going to hit the carpet with the magnet one more time. Thanks for the comment on the flies, I really appreciate it.

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  14. Oh that had to suck! I did the same thing with a box of 1000 crickets one time - the cat and the shop vac did a lot of cricket murdering for the next week!

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    1. I hope they weren't live crickets, but I suspect dead ones wouldn't have posed much of a problem.

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  15. A very entertaining thread. I'd love to see someone try Regular Rod's technique.

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    1. Fred, Yah, this thread has been akin to everyone gathering around to watch the car wreck. If I decide to try Rod's "cure", I'll be sure to get it on video!

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