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Hooks for dry flies

2006/10/18 17:32
From Bucks County
Posts: 19
Do you prefer straight eyed hooks or down turned eyes for caddis and mayfly patterns? Is there an advantage or diadvantage for either?

Posted on: 2007/3/8 14:12

Re: Hooks for dry flies

2006/9/10 21:53
From Greensburg, PA
Posts: 136
My personal preference is down for dries, up for nymphs and scuds and straight for streamers. That doesn't mean thats what I always use, but what I prefer.

Posted on: 2007/3/8 14:27

Re: Hooks for dry flies
2006/9/13 12:42
From Altoona, PA
Posts: 16
I think if you want a fly to skitter, an upturned hook works best. Also on a small fly, this opens the gap of the hook a bit. Well it keeps the eye out of the way, anyhow. It also better for certain knots, such as snelling the hook or using a turle knot.

A downturned eye is supposed to be better for setting the hook. It is also a good profile for emergers.

A straight eye is sort of the default. It makes a nice profile with the tippet on most flies.

That's my $0.02.

Posted on: 2007/3/8 18:11
Never challenge a cat to a staring contest

Re: Hooks for dry flies

2006/11/4 20:39
Posts: 0
Generally I use down turned eyed hooks, probably because they are more readily avaliable. If I am tying #20 or smaller I prefer a straight eyed hook to avoid obstructing the hook point.

Posted on: 2007/3/8 19:42

Re: Hooks for dry flies

2006/9/15 11:33
Posts: 0
I've narrowed down my hook tying preferences to 2 types.
For mayfly dries and nymphs, soft hackles and flymphs I use a straight eye hook. My current preference being the TMC 101.
For caddis dries and emergers, mayfly cripples and emergers, I use a straight eye shrimp/caddis pupae hook. Current preference TMC 2488.

Posted on: 2007/3/9 12:51

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