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How to use Gang Hooks

We have received some questions regarding how to use our fish catching gang hooks, or more precisely how we fish with gang hooks and below you will find that answer. It is called "drift fishing" and is our go to river fishing technique. If anyone is not able to fully understand the explanation, or if anyone has any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and the video below outlines how to attach a set of gang hooks to your fishing line.

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We will start by explaining the use of the gang hooks while stream or river fishing. As mentioned above, this form of fishing is often called drift fishing and it is how we prefer to fish with gang hooks. Drift fishing is an effective technique for trout, smallmouth bass, steelhead, and even walleye.

The first thing that you want to do is hook a worm onto your gang hooks. Now that you are ready to cast, we will create a scenario. Let's say that we are facing the stream; our back is to the bank (we are wading in the water also). The water is moving from the left to the right. Before we cast we will already have to use some of our fishing gear- we should be wearing a pair of Polarized fishing glasses so that we can estimate the depth of the river or stream. If the water is moving at all, we will have to attach our split shot sinkers as well. Remember, we want our live bait (usually a live worm) to bounce across the bottom, so we don't want to use too much weight that we get hung up each time we cast.

JRW Gang HooksThe first cast is normally a practice cast, so that you get a good idea as to how many split shot, or how much weight to use. Now that we have some weight just above the swivel we are ready to cast. If we are standing and looking straight out across the stream or river, we will be casting to the 11 o'clock position for the most part. What I mean by for the most part is that when you are in the ideal situation (no brush in front of you, a clear place to cast, no structure underneath the water that will break you off, etc.), the 11 o'clock cast will allow your bait to hit the water and start dropping to the bottom. If you have the proper weight and the water is moving to the consistency of the weight, you bait should start bouncing on the bottom by about the 12:30- 1 o'clock position. Also, as soon as you cast and flip your bail closed, you will want to place the line on your pointer finger. That way you will be able to feel your bait as it bounces across the bottom of the river.

Once you place the line on your finger, you want to raise your rod tip up, trying to remove the slack in your line from the cast at the 11 o'clock position. As you feel your bait moving across the bottom, you may need to gently kick your bait back towards you if it starts to get hung up on grass, rocks, etc. As your bait moves from in front of you towards your right, you will want to start dropping your rod tip, thus keeping the bait closer to the bottom. Essentially, as your bait follows the current, and as your line creates tension through the water, your bait will begin to lift. If the current is a little too fast for your liking you will cast at the 11 o'clock position, feel the bait across the bottom, and when you feel the current lifting the worm up, take a step or two towards the bait, or I move downstream a step or two. You want your bait to end at the 3 o'clock position from where you were facing the stream originally or directly to your right if you will- at about a 90 degree angle- you understand. If you do not get a bite, then step back to my original casting spot and work that area for at least three casts before moving further downstream. If you fish this technique as described, you will lose some fishing tackle. Don't let this concern you too much. It's the nature of the technique. Don't get too frustrated when you break off and lose some tackle. As JRW used to say, "If you're not getting snagged, you're not fishing in the right place"

What has just been described is a typical river fishing scenario where we usually use gang hooks and live worms to catch rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, or even walleye.

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JRW Fishing.com ~ Quality products for fishermen from Northwest Montana