US hook maker targets carp market
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Eagle Claw, manufacturer of the renowned TroKar hooks, has set its sights firmly on the European carp market.
The US company is currently in the process of introducing a number of designs specifically for carp fishing that will be marketed under the TroKar brand name.
“We understand the importance of carp angling in the European and Asian markets and we are expanding our reach to anglers in this space,” confirmed Eagle Claw’s International Sales Manager, Nick Clark.
“A number of our current TroKar designs can be applied to carp fishing and we have received very positive feedback from anglers in the UK, Europe and elsewhere. This has encouraged us to target certain export markets with hooks made expressly to catch carp.”
TroKar hooks are the result of Eagle Claw’s collaboration five years ago with a US manufacturer of surgical grade needles. They are acclaimed as the only surgically-sharpened fish hooks in the world.
The three-sided symmetrical point penetrates twice as fast as other hooks and dramatically improves strike-to-hook-up ratios, says the company. It is a key factor in the big-fish environment of specimen carp fishing where bites are often few and far between.
The high carbon wire used in the construction of TroKar also provides the strength necessary to handle and hold powerful fish.
“We know there is heavy competition from Chinese and Japanese hook manufacturers, but we believe that the uniqueness and cutting-edge technology behind the TroKar brand will position us in a distinguished segment of carp anglers, just as they have with bass and other species,” added Clark.
The TroKar brand first made its mark in America’s huge bass market, but the range has since been expanded to salmon, steelhead and walleye, as well as catering for inshore and offshore saltwater fishing. All of Eagle Claw’s hooks are made at its Denver, Colorado facility.