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Steelhead streamer hook shank length
Posted 11 September 2018 - 01:20 PM
Posted 12 September 2018 - 10:55 AM
I tie most steamers for steelhead on standard up-eyed salmon hooks. But mainly for the hook strength. Steelhead rarely nibble at steamers so I see no need of a tail hook and beyond that don't like the extra fumbling in unhooking a fish and the risk of deep hooking one with fatal results. Short shank strong hooks should work OK but then you will not have much of a body for contrasting/complementary materials.
Posted 13 September 2018 - 09:41 AM
Maybe consider tube flies. You still get to use a short shanked hook that is harder for fish to toss than long but it puts the hook at the back of the fly. Flies tend to last longer because when a fish takes one the fly itself tends to slide up the line leaving the fish and hook together, which is a good thing when tying fancy or more complicated patterns. And you can tie Modern steelhead patterns or classic patterns on tubes as well as you can on a long shanked hook. I have changed to tying my green and also my grey ghosts on tubes for instance...
I can't speak for egg patterns, never used one.
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