"If the fish see the hook well enough to know what it is, they would not bite on it."
Yeah ... them smarter feesh, well, they just wouldn't bite a fly ties on some cheap ol' Eagle Claw!
Florida here ... NO trout to be had. I tie for bass and sunfish. A lot of my flies are tied on size 8 and size 6 Eagle claw hooks from that box on the bottom shelf. I do like the curved shank scud hooks once in a while, but usually, not.
You can catch little 'gills and other sunfish on small trout flies ... but you'll be hooking a lot of 3 inch fish. Tie a little larger for the 8 to 12 inch fish.
I know this is an older post but Mike I have to tell you there are freshwater trout in Florida, I know a Dr. up near the panhandle that stocks his two ponds evry Nov with trout and he only lets fly fishing for a very modest $20 and you can keep one unless you have a bleeder from a deep swallowed fly then he wants you to keep that one too for obvious reasons I actually will be making a road trip up there shortly