So, just another question to ponder. I have been using dai-Riki hooks mostly for the better part of my fly tying endeavors. I am starting to run out of a bunch of stuff that I had stocked up on before, and I am looking at the catalogs now. Tiemco - Stocked by almost every Fly Shoppe, and I guess considered to be one of the "name brands". Mustad - Way cheaper, perhaps not made as well? Daiichi - Never used 'em. Targus - seem a lot like tiemco. So those are my perceptions. I like the price of Mustad hooks and it seems maybe worth it to tie on "cheap" hooks for general tying purposes, as you can afford to break them, bend them more. Hooks tend to be one of the most expensive things in fly tying I have noticed (along with hackle, beads, etc.) What hooks do you guys use and why? I don't know why I tied so much on Dai-Riki except that they were there, and less expensive than Tiemco They have never let me down, though. Is there anything you guys dont like about mustad hooks? I have thought at times they tend to be a little weaker (different metal?) But maybe that was just me being a new tyer (I first tied on a couple packs of old mustad hooks, I threw most of those flies away because they were so ugly...) But now looking at the price, they are a lot cheaper than others. I must admit, I like the designs of some of the tiemco hooks a lot more... Thoughts?