Feb 06 2007

Fishing Gorge

Published by at 9:47 pm under Animal Materials

Due to a heavy work load at school and in the home I have had very little opportunity to test much of my new equipment yet. So, when the workload hopefully eases sometimes this summer, I’ll have opportunity to test the fishing equipment some more too.

Anyway, having heard about the efficiency of the throat gorge for several years, I have decided to give it a go. My experience with metal hooks is that smaller and thinner is better. This is where I believe most practitioners fail today. To large and too crude.

I used the thigh bone of a black grouse. First it was sawed off in one end, then halfway through on the other. As usual, water helps reduce the work involved.

Four slithers was made by scoring it along the length in four places.

The pieces are scraped pointy in the end and all that is left is to tie a thin thread to the middle. I don’t think it will slip, even without a groove. The smallest one is less than 1,5 cm long. Hopefully small enough for the small fish I usually go after.


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5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Fishing Gorge”

  1. Survival Acreson 07 Feb 2007 at 9:34 pm

    Those look pretty good. Not sure if everyone knows what a throat gorge hook is (I do). Saw one many years ago. Maybe a brief explanation would help the interested. These are way easier to make then other types of hooks (in theory, I’ve never personally made one). Is that your experience?

  2. torjusgaarenon 07 Feb 2007 at 10:40 pm


    For those who doesn’t know: A throat gorge hook is a hook that you slip into the bait. When the bait is swallowed the gorge toggles out in the throat of the fish on resistance.

    Much easier made than regular hooks yes, but they have their limitations. Picky fish will probably spit them out before it is properly swallowed. I am going to test that theory soon.

    Probably better for fish that use sucking for feeding rather than fish that bite over their prey.

  3. Charlotteon 06 Aug 2008 at 2:27 am

    I wonder if small barbs on each end of the gorge hook would increase the hold it has in the fish’s throat?

  4. Torjus Gaarenon 06 Aug 2008 at 1:21 pm

    That’s an excellent suggestion Charlotte! I’ll have to try it out.

  5. skepticalon 13 Sep 2009 at 2:55 am

    dunno.. have seen it a lot on survival shows but never seen it work. I sort of wonder if some tree sap or something was used between one of the tips and line, to help it be a little more parallel to the line, if that wouldn’t help the fish swallow it, without preventing it from snagging.

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