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It has to be said, the Chod Hook was not the easiest project that we’ve ever embarked on. To design the perfect hook for Chod and Stiff Link style rigs requires an in-depth understanding of exactly how these rigs work and an awful lot of field testing, fine tuning, retesting…
Fortunately the Gardner Team includes several anglers that know exactly how the rig mechanics work and how to get the most of these styles of hook bait presentation; being the original innovators of the key hook section on the Hinged Stiff Link, that later came to be known as the Chod rig (as it is popularly called today). With their input we have been able to design the perfect Chod Hook.
Unquestionably the quality of the hook point is pivotal in maximising the effectiveness of any modern specialist rig, so naturally the Chod Hook had to have a phenomenally sharp one. The finished hook has a long straight point that is precisely etched onto an extra strong forged and tempered high carbon steel wire.
Another key specification was strength. Chod Hooks need to be strong to cope with big hard fighting carp…and that’s exactly what they are!
The pattern features a wide gape, non reversed bend and medium length shank, with a well formed 15 degree out-turned eye that ensures that materials like Trip Wire and fluorocarbons exit the inside of the eye at the optimum angle, encouraging the hook to turn aggressively with a whipping style Knotless, Snell and Domhoff knots.
The out-turned eye also effectively reduces unnecessary kinking on monofilament-type hooklinks that may reduce their performance.
The medium length shank is angled slightly in, towards the hook point, which is a critical attribute in providing the strongest possible hook holds, giving you total confidence when you are playing the carp of a lifetime.