FISHING-HOOK. A small instrument made of steel wire, of a bent form, to catch and retain fish. The fishing-book, in general, ought to be long in the shank, somewhat thick in the circumference* the point even and straight. The bend should be in the shank. For setting the hook on, use strong, but small silk, laying the hair on the inside of your hook ; for if it be on the outside, the silk will fret and cut it asunder. There are several sizes of fish-hooks, having peculiar names; as, 1. Single hooks. 2. Double hooks, which have two bendings, one contrary to the other. 3. Snappers, or gorgers, which are the hooks to whip the artificial fly upon, or bait with the natural fly. 4. Springers, or spring hooks; a kind of double hooks, with a spring which flies open upon being struck into any fish, and so keeps its mouth open.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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