YE shall understand, that the moste subtill and hardest craft in makyng your harneys, is for to make your hookes. For whose makyng ye must have feete toles thyn and sharpe and small beaten, a semy clam of yron, a bender, a payre of long and small tones, and an harde knyfe somedely thyke and an anuylde, and a lytle hamner.
And for small fysshe, ye shall make your hookes of the
smallest quarell nedilles that ye can fynde of stele, and in this wyse ye shall
put the quarell in a read charcole fyre, tyll it be of the same coloure that
the fyre is. Than take hym out and let hym kele, and ye shall fynde hym well
allayed for to fyle. Than rayse the barbe with your knyfe, and make the poynt
sharpe. Than alay him agayne or els he will breake in the bendyng. Than bende
hym lyke to the bende accordyng to the purpose. And greater hookes ye shall
make in the same wyse of great nedles, as broderers nedelles, or taylers, or
shoomakers nedles, spere pointes of shoomakers nailes, in especiall the best
for greate fysshe, and loke that they bend at the poynt wha[n] they ben
assayed, for els they be not good. whan the hoke is bended bete the hinder ende
abrode, and fyle it smothe for fretting of the lyne. Than put it into the fyre
agayne, & geue it an easy read heate. Than sodonly quenche it in water, and
it wyll be harde and strong. And for to haue knowledge in your instruments: loe
they be here in figure portrayed.
A treatyse of fysshynge wyth an Angle.
I heat my stock to a bright red and flatten one end on the anvil. When it cools I shape the barb with a file and then shape the point of the hook with a file.
Then I heat again and hammer the other end flat. When cool I shape the end
that the line is tied to. Then I heat again and bend the hook into the stock. The stock I use is fencing wire.
I secure my hooks in a piece of leather. I have not made any flies yet.