Have been gifted a couple of boxes of old Mustad doubles. One is a full 100 of 3582C in size 8, the other is an almost full box of 3573A in size 2. What are these used for? Any collector value here? Not sure how old they are, but the 2's are marked 15 cents each.
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Vintage Mustad Hooks
Posted 30 December 2019 - 06:12 PM
They were used for the old Rogue River style Steelhead flies, especially with split hair wings. With you moniker, you might be able to find a use for them.
Posted 31 December 2019 - 09:16 AM
Doubles are often used for atlantic salmon flies where no added weight to the fly is allowed. Look at Ally's Shrimp for a popular example. These Mustad can also be pinched for a barbless fly. 3582C is still available under $3 for a 10 pack. Don't know about 3573A.
Posted 31 December 2019 - 02:00 PM
Jaydub is right on. The original Rogue River Special was tied on a double hook and fished with a riffling hitch.
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Posted 03 January 2020 - 12:43 PM
Three or four years ago, I bought an enormous quantity of old Mustad hooks from Ebay...and I mean a LOT. Unfortunately, almost none were suitable for fly tying. I think they were either too stout, too small,or too long. Still, it wasn't all that of an expensive experiment.
Posted 03 January 2020 - 04:37 PM
Posted 03 January 2020 - 08:27 PM
Posted 03 January 2020 - 10:11 PM
Gene perhaps it's more that they aren't suited to what you tie, salt guys tie on some very short heavy hooks, I tie on 5xl hooks fairly often.
I can't imagine any of these hooks being suitable for salt...they were way too small for what I imagine a salt fly hook to be, unless you're fishing for small fish in the ocean. Not all of them were short and heavy. Some were 5X long and about 3X light. Don't remember the size, probably about 6 or 8. Some but not all were odd sizes to my American tastes. Odd numbers instead of evens, like I'm used to.