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made fish hooks of the thigh bones

 
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Bruce
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 10:36 am    Post subject: made fish hooks of the thigh bones Reply with quote

"The first day of our encampment we killed a hare, made fish hooks of the thigh bones, and baited them with the flesh. The lines were made of the bark of the willow tree cut into slips, and twisted hard together. Success crowned our endeavours, for we not only caught sufficient for present use, but enough for the remainder of the journey."

John Long's Journal, 1778
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What would a "thigh bone" fish hook look like?


Have any of you made these?

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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have made bone hooks of various types before. It can be a lot of fun to hook a fish with something like that, but once you use them it becomes clear why metal hooks became the norm so quickly in history.

Bone "hooks" can be made several ways. for the most part, gorges are the most common form of fish hook made from bone.



These are not hooks exactly, but work well. You tie your line to the direct center of the shaft and then turn the shaft parallel to the line, put the bait on the line and fish. When the fish swallows the bait and the line is pulled, the bone shaft (gorge) turns perpendicular to the line and jams in the fishes throat, etc... These kind of rigs have been in use for the past several thousand years at least.

True bone hooks on the other hand are far more difficult to make but function far more reliably needless to say. Here are some examples of bone fish hooks.


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