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Posted 03 August 2009 - 09:42 AM
(just love those Swedish Dry Fly Hooks) !!!
Posted 10 August 2009 - 11:57 PM
A friend who is a pro tyer recently told me he has been going away from TMC and is buying another brand I never heard of for its quality and low cost now. Sorry but he did not tell me the name of the newer hooks.
Posted 11 August 2009 - 12:20 AM
Posted 12 October 2009 - 10:56 PM
Posted 15 October 2009 - 06:53 PM
"Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading".--Thomas Jefferson
There is no such thing as a blank day for a fisherman. It will be saved for him by the white-throated weasel, who watches his fishing from a hole in the wall under which is lying a fish that refused all flies; or by the excitment of identifying insects; or by the apple-bloosom in a nearby orchard; and no one would call that day a blank on which he has seen a king-fisher." -- Arthur Ransome Rod and Line, 1929
Posted 17 October 2009 - 06:51 AM
I find the comment someone made about Mustads being "too soft" interesting. In the past, I found just the opposite -- they were too brittle. I've never straightened one on a fish, but I've broken plenty, either in the vise, or on a rock. For that reason, I tended to avoid them for lighter wire (i.e. dry fly) hooks. I never saw the problem on a wet fly hook, however.
One other problem with Mustads that still persists even with the Signature series is that inevitably there will be a few hooks in the pack where one hook will be caught in the eye of another hook. You can't separate them without crushing the barb of the hook that's through the eye. It's not too much of a problem, since I usually crush the barb as a matter of routine, but it's still annoying. On flies I'm tying for someone else (such as in a swap, or for a TU raffle) I don't crush the barb, so it always means there are two or three fewer hooks in the pack than is listed on the box.
In the past, there was also the problem that a few of hooks in pack didn't have the eye completely closed. I haven't noticed this problem with the Signature series, though.
Posted 17 October 2009 - 09:43 AM
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Posted 17 October 2009 - 10:27 AM
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Posted 17 October 2009 - 02:00 PM
Was given some Tiemco and the;y seem okay but checking prices I'll keep looking for the old Mustads
Posted 21 October 2009 - 12:56 PM
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Posted 22 October 2009 - 09:11 PM
My fav or hoppers are the Mustad 94831s in size 6. Theyíre extra long and extra light and just fit right on my deer hair pattern. You gotta look for them (I think theyíre out of print) but I stocked up last year and have enough to last for the rest of this lifetime.
And I canít complain about Mustad 34007s for bonefish patterns. I sometimes touch up the point with a file, but thatís probably not even necessary. Again, Iíve lost my share of bones, cudas and permit (and probably some of your share too), but never because of the hook.
Lest you think Iím a shill for the Mustad corporation, I do like other hooks for other jobs. I love Orvis 8810s in 3/0 or so for bass bugs. Theyíre light, strong, sharp and have a wicked gap that just looks lethal hanging under a deer hair frog.
And, I recently sprang for a bunch of TMC 600SPs for tarpon flies. Theyíve got a properly short shank, great shape, strong point and are as sharp out of the box as any hook Iíve ever seen. At $1.40 a piece, they ought to be good. But, then, when you go through all the effort to get in front of a nice tarpon, it doesnít seem that the hook is the place to start being frugal.
Nice discussion. Thanks, everyone.
Posted 23 October 2009 - 02:59 PM