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Posted 04 June 2009 - 02:23 PM
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Posted 04 June 2009 - 09:12 PM
Mustad for up to Size 1 (primarily 34007 and 34011 in larger sizes and 3261 for panfish)
Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp up to 3/0 -- which is as big as I tie.
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Posted 04 June 2009 - 10:11 PM
Ditto, but the brand I use the most is Montana Fly company and Daiichi!!
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Posted 05 June 2009 - 11:35 AM
Posted 05 June 2009 - 12:51 PM
I like to have some heavier hooks and lighter hooks to use for nymph patterns. You get different fall rates.
I have 5 brands of hooks right now.
Posted 06 June 2009 - 10:18 PM
I used Mustad for many years, and still use some of their hooks.
I currently have Mustad, Tiemco, Daiichi, Dai-Riki, Eagle Claw, Partridge, Owner, Matzuo, Gamakatsu, Kamasan, Doc Waters, and even some South Bend hooks. I have some hooks that I have no idea what brand they are too.
I look for hooks that fit my needs, don't matter what the advertised use may be, or price as long as it's not too extreme. I like experimenting, and have found that some non-fly hooks actually work far better than typical fly hooks for some types of flies. If I feel it's a hook I can use, I'll buy it.
For example, Doc Waters Lure Company sells a offset, wide gap worm hook, that has a long front section that works great for tying big bass streamers. When using this type of hook you get a fly similar to a bendback style or keel fly, with the hook point riding up. Real good for bass flies or even flies for Striped Bass or Pike. They sell for about $10 for 60 hooks. They're not Gamakatsu or Owner in quality, but for the price they work extremely well.
Another example, the South Bend hooks I have are bronze Aberdeens sold as panfish hooks. They're very sharp, and as strong as most regular fly hooks I've used in similar sizes. They're also very inexpensive, and tie super panfish flies, or I wouldn't hesitate to tie trout flies on them. They would make a fine nymph or wet fly hook.
There are a lot of good hooks that can be used to tie flies if you look around!
Posted 07 June 2009 - 04:04 PM