A HELORAMITE HARNESS DELUXE
A HELORAMITE HARNESS DELUXE
By E. H. COULTAS
Nimrod, can you hook a big husky Hellgrammite, cast him to all points of the compass endeavoring to secure a strike, and at last take him off your hook, and still have the consolation of finding him as mean and devilish, as anxious to nip your fingers as when two hours before you jammed your hook under his shell-like collar? I doubt it very much, because this particular Hellgrammite will be as dead as a doornail and will have no more crawl in him than an Egyptian mummy. You simply cannot appreciate the good qualities of this brute as one of the very best live bass baits until you have given him a real chance to twist, squirm. crawl and bite when affixed to your hook. Why. Fisherman, he has the vitality of a marathon runner if you simply eliminate that “solar plexus” you hand him with your hook. Think of it, a natural live bass bait, as easily used in shallow as deep water! A live bait equipped with a tremendous amount of kick and fight, that will actually goad a bass on to strike when his acrobatic stunts under water have failed to tempt the wary fish.
On that very next “whirl” you take at the mighty bass, how would you like to have your live Hellgrammite so attached to your hook so that he— 1st—Will be as active as if in his native element. 2nd—Will live for hours without torture, unless you get a strike, and finish as strong physically as when you made your very first cast. 3rd—Will present the hook in the most effective position for the strike that is known. 4th—Will never tear hook loose from collar in casting, losing and killing bait, perhaps at the worst possible moment.
Listen, give a moment to the following simple directions and I guarantee that you will cast the liveliest live Hellgrammite (and one that will stay alive) that was ever on your particular hook. It is the strong, vigorous, active live bait that does not sap away its life while suspended upon your hook, that “turns the trick” after all. This is the cry of the Hellgrammite, though mighty mad, is secure and ready to perform his duty.
I have found that placing hook as outlined above (also see illustration) gives best results, but you can readily see there are any number of positions you can give to your hook, as your own judgment may deem fit. The directions may sound somewhat long, but you will find after a few trials that it will take you but a fraction of a minute.
On a sandy bottom let your Hellgrammite crawl about as he wishes. On a rocky bottom use a small float, and personally I feel that in having a squirming and angry Hellgrammite floating down stream at a depth just above bottom cannot be beaten as a lure. In the majority of cases (I do not consider the class of people who like to hook a bass in the stomach) the rubber hand slips up the gut when you strike and holds Hellgrammite sale and fast, and he is not injured a bit in the contest.
When you stop fishing, simply remove hook from elastic and turn the Hellgrammite loose in your bait box with rubber band about his shell will not bother him one bit. Real, live, husky, active bait always spells better luck. If you use the outlined method you simply cannot blame the bait.
Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.
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