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AashiqH:
I thought I will share a few hook trace set-ups for catching that elusive Elf, ranging from the normal skollies to the bigger draa’rer…all of these have been proven to work…and no, im not taking any credit for it…cos its not something I invented…but picked up & was shown from a group of “wise fisherman” I have the honour of fishing with (who used spark plugs as sinkers and believe upto today that the Penn500 jigmaster is the best thing since sliced bread)…and attaining skills that no book or any forum can teach you…
PS. feel free to add or rectify anything…

There are a few hook set-ups for elf I use…

When finding yourself in a situation, where there is Elf in the water…and not having a steel trace…you might be able to land them as is…a lot would depend on how you strike the fish and reel it in…but what if you have that bigger Elf on…and he bites you off…?? Keep some cotton ear buds in your tackle box…they come in handy…you can use your normal line as is, just cut the cotton bud either side and slide it over your line as shown in the pic…a plan can be made to stop the ear bud sliding up and down…this works well…the teeth of the Elf just slides of the plastic…protecting your line… try it out and see…

Another option, when I was at a place not so long ago…there were Elf in the water and didn’t have a steel trace with me…I used 1mm thick line for my hook trace (which I found lying between the rocks)…used a perfection loop to secure it to the eye…the Uni-knot is a bit difficult to tie with thicker line and comes apart easily…and it worked wonders…

overrun:
latsa info there, Have a prawnt for that one boet
Very informative

AashiqH:
As promised, Waynew…this one is for you…hope you go back there and get that Elf this time…
There’s a saying, a (crafty) fisherman never blames his tools…
With steel traces, the hook clip is very weak…and when hooking into a big Elf can only take so much strain…try this…
cut off the hook clip, open up the eye of the hook with a sharp nose pliers…put in the steel trace…and close the eye again…that’s it…done. You shouldn’t have problems with hook clips breaking…

if they biting off the actual steel trace…cut off the bottom loop and add the ear bud…now comes the tricky part…you can use a crouching tool and some items (wont say what) easily obtainable from a hardware…and put the loop back & secure it…which can be put through the eye…and closed up…

In this way you don’t have to worry about the clip breaking & the Elf can’t bite off your steel trace with the ear bud protecting your line…

Waynew…go get that Elf now and post the pics…

snack:
thanks for the tips.  I normally carry a small spool of bleeding wire or light steel with me.

therado:
thanks for the post Aashiqh, i've recently adopted a different method of using those clips, i just want to know in your experience.
if u pick up a good size fish will that clip hold it?

also the second post was a bit confusing. why do u have to open the eye of the hook?

sorry if i'm being ignorant here   :crazymazy:

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