It was at a PAC bash, sometime in the early 1980's, where I had the great fortune to engage in conversation with Vic Bellars. He'd persuaded Partridge of Redditch to manufacture a double hook, of his design, for use in Pike angling. His logic based around fish safety and the un-necessary mouth damage caused by treble hooks. His sales patter was infectious and I didn't require much persuasion to cease using the typical Mustad and Eagle Claw trebles in favour of these innovative hooks. As a dead bait angler, they had all the attributes I required and can't say that I've ever regretted that decision to ditch treble hooks from my own Pike fishing. When I returned to angling, in 2011, it came as a disappointing surprise that Partridge had ceased producing this hook pattern, although I was able to purchase a few packets from various angling stores thanks to Benno and Sye. I also secured a supply of an alternative double hook which was marketed by Pete Drennan, although not entirely happy with the barbless design when I first saw them. As it turned out, the Drennan double proved to be every bit as good as the Partridge original, with the added benefit of being easier to remove from the jaws of a Pike. Obviously, I'm now a decade down the line and neither Drennan or Partridge offer this style of hook any more. There are several doubles still produced commercially, but they are Ryder style hooks designed for fly anglers, thus not particularly well suited to my requirements. However, all is not lost, modern Carp angling has spawned a whole host of innovations and, because of this, I have been able to use this technology for my own ends.
|From left to right
Left is a size 2 Drennan "Specialist Double"
Middle - my homemade offering
Right is a Partridge of Redditch "Vic Bellars" double size 6
The unbelievable quality of modern hook manufacturing companies has ensured a wondrous array of patterns and styles to choose from. The reliability and build quality is a million miles away from that of those "original" Vic Bellars offerings. It has been due to sharing ideas with Benno and Sye, plus a few other random conversations, that I arrived at the point where I felt it might be worth attempting to use the carp boys toys to produce my own version of a double hook? This is what I've managed thus far!
|On the left is a size 6 Gardner "Talon Tip" barbless on the right a
Nash "Chod", micro barb, size 8 with the eye slightly straightened with pliers
|I then trim the excess shrink tube off
|When attaching these hooks, to a wire trace, it is vital that the wire goes through the
eyes of both hooks
|I use a "twiddling stick" to finish my rig. I'm sure that many others prefer to use crimps?