Tied up a couple of intruder patterns for my steelhead float next week but ran out of hooks. So I grabbed a couple of jig hooks. They seem to work ok as far as the construction but I'm wondering how they"re going to swim and if the hook is too far forward and I'll be missing those 20lb hook ups. What'd think?
If I'm not fishing a tube or stinger for deep sunk wet fly patterns, it is usually a 60 degree jig hook, usually smaller summer, fall wet fly patterns. Always tied with some kind of weight to help the 60 degree jig hook swim with a upturned hook point.
A favorite weight set up for 60 degree jig hooks is using brass beads, hematite beads mounted onto heavy duty sewing pins and escutcheon pins tied parallel to the hook shank.
There are many benefits for 60 degree jig hooks for deep sunk wet fly patterns. More snag less and the hook up to land ratio is very good, usually hooked in the upper jaw, hinge.
Good looking fly.
I've been tying quite a few patterns lately with 60 degree jig hooks. A non-slip loop gives a nice jiggy action.
If you tie stingers and cut the front hook, the Eagle Claw 413 hook is a good option. They run $7 -$8 per hundred pack. They are cad / tin plated so they work excellent for salt use as well.
If it is a cone head, dumbell eyes, bead chain eyes or ball head it is the sames as a jig head. I know that it is not PC to call it that but it is what it is. In a pinch I have tied "flies" on lead head jigs that I use for bass fishing and they work just fine for steelies under an indicator (bobber).