What's your favorite hook?

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Re: What's your favorite hook?

Postby Smuggler » Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:14 am

Good stuff K, Kamasans are very nice hooks without question. Arno Laubscher from Scientific Fly(Grip Hooks) is a designer for us and is revitalizing the Grip hook. He's got some fantastic saltwater stuff but, I never toyed around with his trout hooks. Maybe I'll pester him about that....

Mustad is actually retooling their entire fly hook range. No release date is set however. Kind of anxious to see what they bring to the market. They actually do our new streamer hook and it's quite nice.
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Re: What's your favorite hook?

Postby Bazzer69 » Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:08 pm

I agree the TMC 900BL is a nice hook, not the strongest but let's remember most soft hackle fishing is done on streams with not so large fish and having a very strong steelhead strength hook is not needed. I prefer a nice looking fly so my choice of hook would be more based on looks!
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Re: What's your favorite hook?

Postby Old Hat » Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:18 am

I think a couple of have alluded to this...we all want a quality hook in manufacturing and hooking. There are quite a few brands out there that can accomplish that task today. But, as one that has tied for many years, I also like a hook that inspires me. The hook is not just a platform to tie a pattern on or just a sharp piece of metal to hold fish to me, although these must be top quality to assure it's purpose. I like the hook to be an integral part of the pattern that I use it for, functional and aesthetic. It's a small piece of the joy I get from tying and fishing.

To partially answer why I like Tiemco over Daiichi. It's not the price point. I don't make a living at fly fishing, If I did, cost would certainly play a bigger role in the selection process. It is not as much of a hooking or quality issue either, Daiichi simply doesn't have any hook styles that "inspire" me.
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Re: What's your favorite hook?

Postby gingerdun » Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:36 am

Old Hat wrote: like the hook to be an integral part of the pattern that I use it for, functional and aesthetic. It's a small piece of the joy I get from tying and fishing. It's not the price point. I don't make a living at fly fishing, If I did, cost would certainly play a bigger role in the selection process. It is not as much of a hooking or quality issue either, Daiichi simply doesn't have any hook styles that "inspire" me.


Carl, As a designer, this makes sense to me. Would you be willing to give examples of hooks whose design is inspiring? Are they sometimes traditional, and sometimes modern designs?
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Re: What's your favorite hook?

Postby Old Hat » Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:07 am

Sure I can put together a list. There are classic and modern designs that I like. Although, my preferences are certainly going to be different than others. I'll go through some and post them.
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