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I got two packs of targus 1 x fine ( these are the ones I was talking about that are part of tiemco but filed in different place) But I hate them. Tiemcos 1 x fine dont bend this bad but targus hooks do.

Charlie

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Charlie,

 

Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone carries Dai Rikki hooks which are cheaper than most other hooks.

 

http://www.blueribbonflies.com/

 

Other good hooks are available from Gamakatsu:

 

http://www.gamakatsu.com/new_products/new_c15bv.htm

 

Grip Hooks, South Africa; ( available through US distributor):

 

http://scientificfly.com/show_prod.php?pro...&category=2

 

and finally, two hard to find but excellent hooks from:

 

Kamasan:

 

http://www.fishingmegastore.com/acatalog/c...asan_Hooks.html

 

and Vaivas:

 

http://www.varivas.co.jp/morris/02_varivas/flyhook_spec.html

 

as you progress in your tying abilities, some of these other hook designs may peak interest in developing unique variations on tested or on your own inventions...

 

 

Good tying!!!

 

PT/TB :rolleyes:

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Charlie,

 

I do not know of any shops (online or otherwise) that will trade in hooks. As you can see from the many replies to your post, people have their favorite hooks/brands they migrate towards. Most shops will have their favorites because they like the hooks as well they make a little money on them (hopefully). One suggestion was made to donate the hooks to a local club or organization that could put them to good use. If you are thinking of donating them you might contact your states DNR office and see what programs they have for kids. Most have various programs for kids in the summer to introduce them to fishing. The hooks don't have to be specifically for tying flies or live bait. If they hold a worm or behemoth it will work for kids.

 

If you are looking to try to get some of your money back from the hooks. Maybe selling them on E-Bay would be an option. The postage for shipping them would be low and you might get a penny or two back.

 

As far as hook containers, I like the 14 compartment Craft Mate boxes. I have some of the boxes that Jeremy mentionedand use them. However, it only take one time of bumping the container off the tying bench with the lid up and you look for somehing else. The Craft Mate boxes have a nice locking system for each individual compartment. You only open the one you need and if it get knocked off the table it is not as big a mess/hassle. I have been using them for the past six/seven year and have had no problems with them. I usually buy mine at Michaels Craft shop or Hobby Lobby; not certain what you might have near you.

 

If you need a place to buy hooks, try FlyMasters of Indianapolis. We carry Mustad, TMC, Gamakatsu, Lighting Stike, Daiichi, and Partridge. We can order anything you need and ship it to you.

 

Good Luck,

 

- Olórin gandalfstaff.gif

Post Note: The link to Craft Mate is a link to their PDF brochure. Some people have reported problems with this link. Here is a link to their web site....Craft Mate

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There is NO UNIFORMITY in hook sizing.

Mustad is at least making an effort. The new Mustad signature Single Salmon hook series is designed within the Alfa Code system. This means that the gape opening (distance from the hook point to the shank) on a # 2 Salmon hook from this series will have the same gape as a # 2 R50 wet fly hook, or an O'Shaughnessy S71SS # 2 saltwater hook. The same applies for all larger and smaller sizes in the whole Signature hook series. Mustad swears it is not another system to confuse fly tiers, but THE system, based on the original system of sizing used by Mustad for many, many years, made consistent and simple. Orvis’ web site has an entire table dedicated to explaining the uses for each of the fourteen styles of hooks they sell (look under “fly tying hooks” at orvis.com). Bass Pro Shops (basspro.com) and Cabela’s (cabelas.com) will tell you what each hook is used for when you click on the picture or text on the fly hooks page. If you go to the Global Fly Fisher site (http://www.globalflyfisher.com/streamers/raske/hooks/hooks.htm) you will find a table and detailed explanation of the most used streamer fly hooks, or you can just go to the home page (globalflyfisher.com) and put “hooks” in the search window and you’ll get a list of very instructive articles.

 

I really like the Dai-Riki hooks.

 

I think they are only available at Dan Bailey's or Blue Quill Angler. (Note: not big box stores)

 

http://www.bluequillangler.com/Blue-Quill-...Dai-Riki-20-Off

or

dan-bailey.com then go to "fly tying" then "dai-riki hooks"

 

Not very expensive and great hook gap and reliable sizing within the brand.

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Check out the house brand hooks from "The Fly Shop" in Redding Ca. TFS hooks run 2.88 for 25. Quality hooks and a good price. www.theflyshop.com

 

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There is NO UNIFORMITY in hook sizing.

Mustad is at least making an effort. The new Mustad signature Single Salmon hook series is designed within the Alfa Code system. This means that the gape opening (distance from the hook point to the shank) on a # 2 Salmon hook from this series will have the same gape as a # 2 R50 wet fly hook, or an O'Shaughnessy S71SS # 2 saltwater hook. The same applies for all larger and smaller sizes in the whole Signature hook series. Mustad swears it is not another system to confuse fly tiers, but THE system, based on the original system of sizing used by Mustad for many, many years, made consistent and simple. Orvis' web site has an entire table dedicated to explaining the uses for each of the fourteen styles of hooks they sell (look under "fly tying hooks" at orvis.com). Bass Pro Shops (basspro.com) and Cabela's (cabelas.com) will tell you what each hook is used for when you click on the picture or text on the fly hooks page. If you go to the Global Fly Fisher site (http://www.globalflyfisher.com/streamers/raske/hooks/hooks.htm) you will find a table and detailed explanation of the most used streamer fly hooks, or you can just go to the home page (globalflyfisher.com) and put "hooks" in the search window and you'll get a list of very instructive articles.

 

I really like the Dai-Riki hooks.

 

I think they are only available at Dan Bailey's or Blue Quill Angler. (Note: not big box stores)

 

http://www.bluequillangler.com/Blue-Quill-...Dai-Riki-20-Off

or

dan-bailey.com then go to "fly tying" then "dai-riki hooks"

 

Not very expensive and great hook gap and reliable sizing within the brand.

Patrick Del Fatti,

 

I received your e-mail about the Gamakasu hooks, however all of my replies are not going through. If you subscribe to this thread, send another e-mail to me ([email protected]). The e-mail you provided is [email protected] We can get the hooks you want.

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