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#1 kenneyk


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Posted 31 January 2005 - 08:00 AM

Hi everyone,
Throughout recent years I've used mostly Mustad 34007, sizes 6 through 1 for bonefish and 1 through 3/0 for tarpon. Now there are so many companies that make stronger, sharper hooks. I like they looks of the Gamakatsu Octopus size 6 through 3/0 (red, and nickle = NS black?), but they look slightly offset. Has anyone used these for flies or have a preference on others?


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Posted 01 February 2005 - 02:29 AM

I've stuck with Mustads but have bought a few other brands of saltwater hooks recently, but have not had a chancew to experiment with them yet...

The Mustads are relatively more available here, so I'll probably continue using them in the main.

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Posted 01 February 2005 - 09:29 AM

I'm pretty sure Mark Seddotti was using those - he just bent the hook straight no big deal.

I love the Varias hooks but I must say they are too expensive to be losing on rocks generally only use they for Bonito or FA.
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Posted 01 February 2005 - 12:29 PM

I use the Gamakatsu Octopus for one of my stonefly patterns. I like the black tint of the hook as well.
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Posted 02 February 2005 - 10:09 AM

Seems as if Varivas has gone belly up and their remaining hooks are only available from a shop in New Jersey and Chris Windram at Saltwaterflies.com. Here's the content of a communication between a trusted friend and I:

"Hi Steve.

I could only devote Friday to the show and only to the UFT booth. I didn't have any time to look around or find or buy anything. What's the story on Varivas and how do I get any - from You or how?

Thanks. Dave."

"Chris Windram at saltwaterflies.com has some left in certain sizes and Francine at Down n Trout in Jersey has the last known stash but the shop won`t be open till after the Somerset show. Varivas went belly up and no more are being made."

What a kick in the a$$ that is- one of the finest hooks I've ever seen or tied on, I will seriously reconsider using my remaining Varivas, unless it's to tie display plates for the house.

Mustad Signature Series hooks have raised the bar a bit over their prior saltwater standards at not disgusting prices. I'm sure many of you have tried them- let's hear your comments.

TMC and Gamakatsu fans will rarely be disappointed either.

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Posted 02 February 2005 - 01:23 PM

Another alternative are the Eagle Claw Billy Pate hooks. They're sharp out of the box and are very strong for the money.