Musky America Magazine February 2024 Edition

The Solution By adding a piece of heat shrink tubing over the split ring and the shaft end of the lure, to which the split ring is attached, the tail hook will be placed in an in-line position.This is a simple procedure but you will need some tools. The split ring pliers and side cutters shown at the left are probably in your tool kit already. You will have to buy some heat shrink tubing. You can get it at your local hardware store or Radio Shack. You are looking for ¼ diameter tubing. Unfortunately, it is usually packaged with tubing of other sizes but it is cheap and having some different sizes may spark an idea or two.Preparing The Hook Get your treble hook and cut a length of heat shrink tubing that is the length of the shaft of the hook. Make sure that the tubing DOES NOT cover the eye of the treble hook. Slip the heat shrink tubing over the treble hook shaft as shown in the illustration at the left. You can now install the split ring onto the hook. You now have the basic assembly for the modification to any lure in your tackle box. For this procedure, you will need one additional piece of equipment...a heat gun. Once again, your local hardware