The new Nash Claw hooks have caused a huge stir on the carp grapevine, with some claiming they look inherently weak or just ineffective.
The hooks are part of a wider collaboration between Nash and German brand Pinpoint, so we decided to grill the latter’s Marc Voosen about this intriguing new pattern and the range in general.
WHAT'S THE THINKING BEHIND THE CLAW?
“Nothing on these hooks is coincidence. Wire size, angles, size of the eye, length of the point and placement of the barb etc. Everything was tested in regards to physics and the purpose of the individual pattern.
“The Claw is basically still just a wide-gape-style hook.
“As we were able to increase the strength so dramatically we were able to play around with a shape that when tested in the manufacturer’s lab (using ballistic gel to imitate flesh) resulted in WAY LESS movement as the flesh gets compressed in the bend.
“Imagine you put a hook through a piece of paper and then pull on it. It would cut through that sheet easily.
“If you fold that sheet of paper a few times and repeat, the outcome will be different as you would have to apply much more pressure to get the hook to cut through multiple layers. This results in less damage and less fish lost.
“The decrease in strength because of the kink is barely measurable but the increase in fish safety and fish on the bank certainly is!
“The general shape is the one of a wide-gape hook where I chose the point to be beaked ever so slightly.
“Many wide-gape patterns have a very aggressively beaked point that nearly close the gape again. That feature that might been the reason why you choose that pattern in the first place.
“The point on the Claw is beaked enough to protect it when fishing over gravel but straight enough to keep its full hooking potential.
HOW ABOUT THE NEW LONGSHANK TWISTER?
“The Longshank Twister is a logical addition to the range and really based on public demand.
“Longshanks have never been a best seller in the past for any manufacturer but Nash chose to listen to the people.
“Known for their hooking potential and big-fish potential, there is a loyal base of customers loving a good longshank hook.
“And as I felt I knew what to do to come up with the ultimate longshank hook we decided to add that pattern to the range.
“The Longshank Twister, like all other patterns, is the result of uncompromising testing in the lab, ending up with the perfect balance of length of the shank in comparison to the gape and wire size.
“Unlike any other longshank, the point section from the point where it exits the gape is slightly facing the eye. What this means is that it is not perfectly aligned with the shank.
“This angle (2-3 degrees) is enough to result in way better hook holds, which was the only downside many users of longshank hooks agreed on in the past.
AND HOW ABOUT THE GYRO HOOKS?
“The Gyro is the perfect hook for a Ronnie rig.
“There are enough pictures on the internet of snapped swivels, damaged mouths due to swivels that were set up with the ‘opening’ facing outwards and cutting all around the eye of the hook.
“This pattern will cover two aspects. Firstly, it is convenient just like a coated hooklink compared to a combi rig and secondly it is mega safe.
“It’s much stronger than a heated or bent quick-change swivel (that was never designed to be used in this way).”
HOW SHARP ARE THE NEW HOOKS?
“I think most patterns speak for themselves and you have to literally feel the sharpness from the pack to believe it.
“These hooks are as close to a hand-sharpened hook as I dared to push it without making them a ‘one hook per cast’ thing.
“I feel the market for these mega-sharp hooks that I sharpened under a microscope is very small compared to overall hook sales.
“Don´t get me wrong, I sold tons and made a good living from it, but in comparison to the numbers Nash is selling, it is a tiny fraction.
HOW DID THE COLLABORATION COME ABOUT?
“To have Kevin [Nash] and Alan [Blair] put so much trust in me and let me run free to create a range of hooks from scratch was such an amazing experience.
“By keeping the beloved patterns as a blueprint but optimizing them using cutting-edge technology and the laboratory facilities that the manufacturer offered, we were able end up with what might be the most thought-through range of hooks ever.
“The changes are so minor (single percentage on angles, length and overall proportions) that you won´t really see them on the first look.”