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Eagle Claw

Fish Hooks

Wright McGill Co.

invented Eagle Claw Fish Hooks. Until this famous design went into production in 1930, fish hooks were often hit or miss "bent pin" type products. Wright & McGill applied scientific design and modern manufacturing methods. The results were spectacular. Fish stayed caught. Since the hook is the only part of your tackle that touches the fish-we thought you might want to know more about it.

The "eye" of a hook. The leader or line attaches at this point. Look for smoothness, tight closing. Rough places or poorly closed "eyes" can cut through line in a hurry. The "shank" must be strong, smooth, proper length for the type of fishing. Some hooks have barbs on the shank to hold bait in place. Look to see that these barbs are sliced carefully, not so deep that they weaken the hook. The "point" must be needle sharp, tempered for toughness, and carefully shaped. The barb on the point must be long enough to hold the fish, but short and smooth enough for easy penetration.


The sizing and numbering of fish hooks sometimes appears confusing, even to the experienced fisherman. The chart at left shows actual sizes and numbers for one style of hook. The smallest shown is a No. 14; the largest a No. 4/0. The size to use depends on the size of fish, type of bait and style of fishing. Your tackle dealer can give you expert advice on the size and style of Eagle Claw you need. Hooks at left are "Bait Holders," designed to keep live bait on the hook and natural looking. Popular everywhere.

Plain shank-Popular for trot lines and light salt water fishing in Midwest and Eastern U.S.

Long shank-For fish with sharp teeth. Prevents fish biting thru leader and makes re- moval of hook easier.

Aberdeen-will bend before breaking. Idea! for fishing in heavy brush. Hooks pull loose from snags -can be reshaped. Very popular for ice fishing.

Wide bend - Provides extra hooking space for quicker hooking and deeper penetra- tion of fishes mouth.

Salmon egg - Used primarily tor trout and steelhead with saimon roe. Can be used with small grubs or bugs.

Tuna hooks - Extra strength, but small in size. Designed to handle heavy fish, yet light enough that it wifl not sink live bait.

O'Shaughnessy- Popular for trot lines and salt water fishing, where an extra strong, durable hook isneeded.

Treble hooks-For use on Jures, or with doughballs, cheese or Wood baits.

Weedless-for casting and trolling in brush, lily pads, seaweed or grass. Prevents snags, but does not interfere with strike.


One of the most convenient improvements in the fishing world is the snelled hook. A snell is a piece of leader scientifically tied to a hook. The snell is looped at the other end to make it quick and easy to fasten to a line. It is a great invention, but a carelessly made snelled hook can lose you more fish than anything else. Eagle Claw snelled hooks use only the most carefully graded and inspected strong Nylon filament. They are tied in such a way that there is no wear on the snell. They are consistently high quality.

Eagle Claw Snelled Hooks are available in most styles and finishes; gold, nickel silver or bronze finish; sizes from tiny No. 14's to big No. 4/0 hooks.

Eagle claw hooks

are the highest development of the hookmakers art. Fish hooks, since earliest times have been individually fashioned from stone, thorns, bone and metal. In ancient civilizations a fish hook was as important as a weapona highly valued personal possession, because it assured food. In the 15th Century, English craftsmen started producing commercial fish hooks. These were far superior to individually made hooks, and the English built up a world trade among fishermen.

They were the first to use tempered wire for hooks, and developed many of the "styles" popular today. Wright and McGill, however, developed modern Eagle Claw hooks. They combine delicate, geometrical curves, and scientific fish hooking design with the most modern manufacturing technology.

Eagle Claw design aims the point in the direct line of pull. This gives sure, quick penetration rather than just scratching or snagging the fish. No hooks can compare with Eagle Claws for consistent con- trolled quality, correctness of design, or, (More important) hooking and holding fish.

Pompeii - 79 AD Bronze hook found in the ruins of Pompeii. Buried by the erup- tions of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.

Solid gold hooks. Found in the mouth of the Amazon River. Made centuries ago by South American Indians, before the Spanish arrived in the New World.

Bone hook. American Indian. Many thousand years old. Found in an Indian grave in Southern Wyoming- in 1918.

Bent pin. Used by small boys all over the world. Not bad for little sunfish, but try Eag'le Claw fish hooks for better results.


No matter how fine the rod, how accurate the cast nor how skilled the fisherman, if the hook point is dull, you catch no fish. There are many ways to save money-don't do it 011 cheap hooks. Here are some of the ways shoddy hooks can ruin a day's fishing.

a. A broken point is the result of poorly tempered steel. It won't hook anything.

b. A rough or open "eye" will cut leader or line. When the fish starts to fight he'll take your hook with him.

c. Deep cut barbs are like notching a stick. When the

pull is sudden, the hook will break at that spot.

d. Poorly tempered steel wire will either bend or snap off. A hook must be tough and springy.

e. A badly shaped hook will gouge the fish, but not penetrate & hold. See that the point is in direct line of pull.

published, 1964 Wright & McGill Co., Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.