There is nothing worse than missing a good bite and then examining the hook to find it dull. That’s what I call operator error. It is very important to always keep sharp hooks in the water.
One of my biggest pet peeves is not having sharp hooks from beginning to end of a trip. If you are not diligent with checking them and keeping them sharp by filing or replacing them with new hooks then the loss of a trophy fish is your responsibility. Don’t be that guy.
I am talking about new hooks too. You cannot take for granted that they will be as sharp as you want. Just take time to check them.
I’m constantly checking my hook tips for bent points, especially after a drag where many opportunities arise to dull or damage a hook. Over time I have used many types of sharpening devices but one simple tool comes out on top. It was recommended to me by Ronnie Duncan.
I keep a women’s fingernail file close at hand to resharpen hooks. To me, sharpening is a little faster and easier than retying. It gives me a little more fishing time and a little less rigging time.
In the end, I adhere to the KISS technique suggested to me by my good friend Bink Fox. Keep it Simple Stupid and just have fun!