Actually it is way past the snelling of the new crawler harnesses, but with a great winter behind us and the ice fishing season ending later this year, everything got pushed back. Too far back for my own comfort level, but it is time to get down to business, and that is getting the harnesses built for the upcoming season! In the last couple of days, I broke out my Matzuo Sickle hooks, the 20 lb test Suffix and got to work out in the shop. Love the sickle style hooks from Matzuo, the specialized curved bend in the hook acts like an anchor point when you stick a walleye.
I like using foam blocks of old insulation to put the rigs on while in the tying process. And as I was recently asked on Facebook when I posted my picture, yes I love tying three hook harnesses. I absolutely never feel more frustrated when losing a fish on the way in, or getting a false read on my Church boards, then finding out when I brought the rig back to the boat to find that the crawler was bitten in half, between the hooks!
All done, just one more step in my own personal process of snelling, to brush on some Larva Lace Flex-Loc available at Hagen’s. It is a light fly tying dressing that brushes on quickly and for my piece of mind, it holds my wraps in place.
Time to break out the beads and put the finishing touches on my rigs for the new season. I store a large assortment of various colors and finishes to match up with various blades. Even though each blade can cost less than $2.00 each, just hate losing even one of them, so I use a folded clevis instead of the quick change type. Again, my personal preference, you can say I am cheap, but I prefer the word frugal!
After putting the beads on, I match up my blades from Big Eye Custom Lures on each rig. I like to have at least six, preferable eight of each blade pattern at the ready. If a blade is hot, I want to switch out that side of the boat to that color pattern first off. Then if it continues to hook the walleye on a consistent basis, it is time to switch out the other side of the boat. Six rigs out, two spares ready to roll in case a fish or the pliers nick the line on the harness. It could be zebra mussels too for that matter, point is this, every nick creates a weak spot, and that could lead you to losing a nice fish, or a meal for the table!