Unlock the Secret: Mastering Stinger Hooks for Successful Walleye Fishing!

How to Tie Stinger Hooks for Walleye Fishing

The Importance of Using Stinger Hooks in Walleye Fishing

When it comes to walleye fishing, using stinger hooks can significantly increase your chances of landing that trophy-sized catch. These extra hooks are designed to provide a higher hook-up ratio by targeting short-striking fish or those simply nipping at the bait. In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of tying stinger hooks for walleye fishing.

Gathering the Necessary Tools and Materials

Before you begin tying stinger hooks for walleye fishing, make sure you have all the required tools and materials on hand. You will need:

1. Main hook: Choose an appropriate size depending on the baitfish or lure you plan to use.
2. Stinger hook: Opt for a smaller-sized hook that matches well with your main hook.
3. Fishing line: Use a strong and durable line that suits your target species.
4. Scissors or nail clippers: For cutting and trimming excess line.
5. Heat source (optional): A lighter or candle if using braided lines.

Tying Method – Attaching a Single Stinger Hook:

If you want to attach just one stinger hook, follow these steps:

1. Begin by threading your main line through the eyelet of your main hook from front to back until there is an equal length on both sides.
2. Select the desired position along the shank where you want your stinger hook attached – typically towards the bend but leaving enough room between them so they don’t tangle during casting and retrieving.
3a.To secure with monofilament/fluorocarbon lines:
i) Cut a piece of line approximately 8-10 inches long from spool
ii) Tie a secure knot around the main line at your chosen position using an improved clinch or palomar knot.
iii) Thread the other end of the monofilament/fluorocarbon line through the eyelet of your stinger hook from front to back.
iv) Loop it around itself and form a snug, secure knot like a uni-knot or snell knot. Trim any excess monofilament/fluorocarbon line.
3b.To secure with braided lines:
i) Cut about 5 inches of heat-resistant material (e.g., dental floss).
ii) Wrap this material tightly around both your main line and stinger hook’s eyelet multiple times.
iii) Use a lighter or candle flame to melt/fuse together the wraps. Allow it to cool before trimming off any excess fused material.

Tying Method – Attaching Multiple Stinger Hooks:

For those wanting multiple stinger hooks attached, here’s how you can do it:

1. Follow steps 1-2 mentioned above for attaching one stinger hook.
2. Repeat step 3a/b for each additional stinger hook, spacing them evenly along the shank of your main hook.

Testing Your Tied Stingers

Once you have tied your desired number of stingers onto your main hook, give them a gentle tug to ensure they are securely fastened. You don’t want them coming off easily when you’re battling that walleye!

In Conclusion

Tying stinger hooks is an essential skill every walleye angler should possess. By adding these extra hooks to your setup correctly, you maximize opportunities for successful strikes and land more fish in the boat. Remember to use high-quality materials and practice tying until you feel confident in securing these handy additions properly. So next time you hit the water in search of walleye, be sure to have stinger hooks tied and ready for action!