Hey, I don't do anything the conventional or traditional way. I don't even use rod and reel, handline only. With handlines everything has to be stronger because I don't have the flex of a rod to absorb the shock. That's why I'm looking for a stronger hook. In fact I boondog for bluegill, catfish, stripers and spotted bass the same you guys do out west.
I even put bait on my flies. I really fish for whatever bites the hook. I've been using old school sprout hooks. I like sprouts & limmericks, but, I'm more interested in the upturned eyes for the hook setting "potential." Although subtle the angle of the hook point changes from a downturned eye to a straight to upturned. I get far fewer hooks sets with a downturned eye because the hook point shallows out too much. More with straight eye, but I wanted to try upturned eyes as well.
Thanks, I'll check out Allen's.