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Dimensions

 

Height when closed, 65mm / 2.6″
Maximum Length, 85mm / 3.3″
Maximum Width (base cup), 42mm / 1.7″
Maximum Width (without base cup) 40mm / 1.6″
Weight, 49g / 1.75 oz
Weight without base cup, 42g / 1.48 oz 
     
pop-in-the-pocket size
the base cup would be detached for most situations


The Lens

The key component 
This gives 6 times magnification and is made of optical glass.  The brief to the optical engineer was to give good depth of field, and minimal distortion at the edge of the field (this is 30mm diameter, when viewing the base cup).  The aspherical design hits the spot, with beautifully-bright images.

These Images of flies were taken through the eyepiece of Hookpoint:

 

 Olive Type Underthorax Dun Olive Type Underthorax Dun  
Olive type, tied in the under-thorax dun style 
(Neil Patterson, April 2011 issue, Fly Fishing and Fly Tying). 
Side-view, held in the clamp
Olive type, tied in the under-thorax dun style 
(Neil Patterson, April 2011 issue, Fly Fishing and Fly Tying)
  
 Pheasant Tail Nymph, resting in the base cup commercial Tups dry  
 Pheasant Tail Nymph, resting in the base cup
commercial Tups dry
  

Focusing of objects in the clamp or base cup is achieved by rotating the focusing wheels, which raises or lowers the clamp post.

The Clamp

The clamp has a unique ‘hook and bird’s mouth’ design.  The ‘business end’ of the clamp comprises 2 parts: the double vee block, into which the bend of the hook fits, and the stainless steel wire hook which pulls the bend into the vee blocks.  Hooks are gripped by the clamp by pushing-in the clamp knob, which is sprung-loaded.  The hook is engaged, the knob released, whilst steering the hook into the vee blocks.  It is well known that hook sizes differ amongst manufacturers, but the clamp can usually engage hook sizes 8 – 18.  

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The clamp rotates when the clamp knob is rotated.  It can be seen that the hook can be gripped with either the point or the shank at the centre of rotation (see benefits).  This enables the point or shank of the hook to be kept in focus more easily, as it is rotated for all-round inspection.
The clamp is easily removed by pushing it through the hole in the clamp post.  This allows the unobstructed viewing of the base cup.

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The Base Cup

 hpdetachedbase2r.jpgThe base cup is easily detached or attached by a simple ¼-turn twist 

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It performs several functions, including:

as a stand for hookpoint  
a receptacle for loose items or small invertebrate animalsit is easy to put objects in the base by twisting it to one side, or detaching it completely 
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hydrosyche – on its back !  the feathery gills are clearly visible.  
This photograph was taken through hookpoint
 Large Dark Olive nymph
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 Large Dark Olive nymph, photo taken through hookpoint.  
Note the olive translucency is revealed due to hookpoint‘s bright LED
 This beast, a mayfly nymph, was photographed in April, 
an ugly duckling poised to push through final development 
and emerge a beautiful swan.  Its large eyes are clearly 
for use in low-light conditions.  
This was one netted from amongst dense willow roots
 The unique, annular measuring grid 
can be used to assess the length 
of objects, however, they are aligned.  
Simply draw, or imagine, a line parallel 
to the length through the centre of the grid. 
Then draw lines from each end, and read-off 
the distance. In this case, the body length 
is about 6mm, and the total length nearly 9mm
 a support for knotted line or rigs line can be stretched across the diameter of the base and engaged in the groove.  
It can then be retained under the soft plastic line clips on the sides of the base 
 a platform for flat objects flat objects or cards can be rested on the top of the base for viewing 


The Lens Cap

This protects the top of the lens and stores the honing and picking tool.  It is hinged and snaps shut when hookpoint is not being used.

The Attachment Loop

 

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This is available for the convenient attachment of hookpoint to a zinger

Hookpoint can then be slipped into a pocket ready for use when required


The LED Light Unit

This comprises a super-bright, white LED, powered by 2 coin cell batteries, controlled by a micro slide switch.  The whole mechanism is contained in a plastic casing, which can be removed for battery change (life expectancy of more than 10 hours) or servicing.

The Honing / Picking Tool

 

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Hookpoint comes complete with a dual-function, easy-grip honing/picking tool conveniently stowed under the lens cap. It includes a slim, dedicated ceramic honing rod.  This rod has been designed with a segmental groove so that it is easy to engage with the point of the hook.  By drawing over the point, it is possible to create needle-sharpness.  
The brass picking pin is handy for clearing the varnish from hook eyes, or picking ‘wind’ knots from fly line and droppers.  These knots are often usually simple over-hand knots, and easily opened-up with the pin.  Providing the line has not been damaged, this can save a lot of fishing time from re-constructiing dropper rigs, for example.
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