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Hooks for Clousers? Circle Hooks?

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I have been having a little bit of a problem finding straight eye hooks for tying Clousers locally. I could just use Streamer hooks, but most of the recipes I have found call for a straight eye such as the Mustad 3406/3407 or 3366 (which I can't even find for sale mail-order), etc. Is there any down-side for just using bent-eye streamer hooks? Also, I found some stainless circle hooks that look a lot like the 3407. Has anyone tried circle hooks for Clousers?

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Circle Deceivers, yes. Circle Clousers, not yet. I do know people who have tied clousers with circles for salt, and report reasonable success.

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I use Mustad 33903 or CK52S. These are straight eye popper hooks. Tie the eye in the hump and every fly will have the exact same dimensions.

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I use the Mustad Signature Series circle hooks for my Clousers and have had very good success with them. You have to adjust your habit of strip striking and just let the fish tighten up on the line. I think my hook-up rate has gone up a little and the number of gut hooked fish has decreased to nothing.

 

 

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I like using Tiemco 8089's for my clousers, the wider hook gap helps with hook ups. I also like Dai-Riki 810's for smaller clousers. I've been tying them a ton so far this winter.

 

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Freshwater Clousers... use Mustad 3366 like Bob does.

 

Saltwater... use Mustad 34007

 

Circle hooks... use the Signature as TroutbBum says... well worth the investment and works on all sizes of fish!

 

 

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Forgot to mention... down eye hooks work just find. I use 3x long streamer hooks for Arctic Clousers.

 

The wider hook gap on the 3366/34007 is best when bucktail is used. Shorter gaps are fine with softer materials like Arctic Fox or marabou, and are better for trout where there is less danger of gouging eyes in catch/release situations.

 

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