Your favorite trailer hook?

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  1. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    I've been going through different styles of trailer hooks for while. I started out with Tiemcos but got tired of the hook point dulling and bending every time it touches a rock. I moved to Owners and liked them but again same issue albeit less so.

    I really like Gamakatsu C14S goo-bug hooks, sticky sharp, hold point but the largest they come in is size 2. I tie my stingers with cable that wont run through the eye of a size 2 easily. Anyone have their preferences and why?
     
  2. Jamie Wilson

    Jamie Wilson Active Member

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    I just carry a diamond hone and regularly sharpen ANY hook. I think they all dull with use. I am absolutely sold on a sharp hook. You just never know what cast it's going to be.
    The Owners I like - just keep them as sharp as you can
     
  3. Chris DeLeone

    Chris DeLeone Active Member

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    Interesting debate - I went through this two years ago. I was fishing the Gamakatsu octopus - but didn't like that I couldn't resharpen them back to a 'sticky" feel. So then I went to Matzuo's - lost a few fish and really didn't like they way they bent out. So then I went to Owner cutting point and went right back to where I was with the Gamakatsu hook - I could get them sticky again.

    Two things then happened in like two weeks - Tom Larimer and I talked about what hooks he uses and he said we went back to the Owner SSW. Solid hook and you can resharpen it pretty well -then I talked to a gear guy and he showed me the Speedy Sharp - a carbide sharping tool that "peels the steel" and really get my hooks back to that sticky feel - its the best thriteen bucks a steelheader will spend.

    So I fish the Owner SSW in #2 mostly and I use the Speedy Sharp to get them back to a Sticky feel -
     
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  4. Derek Young

    Derek Young Emerging Rivers Guide Services

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    I'm with John, I like the Gamakatsu Octopus hook, normally in size 6 for stinger-style streamers. I use Firewire looped and tied through the eye and then again through my main hook eye, cutting off the lead hook, for a secure attachment.
     
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  5. Jeremy Floyd

    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    I hated having a mojo fly that had to tip bent over of broken, when it was hardened steel. I ended up doing the small diamond sharpener thing and sticking with Gamakatsu.

    I am guilty of spending a considerable amount of time, many many times to be honest, honing a favorite fly back into shape with a rock on the bank. Even when I had an identical fly sitting in my fly box. Something personal about the mojo of a fly and keeping it in service until it has earned it's place on the ceiling of my truck.
     
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    Salmo_g Well-Known Member

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    Chris,

    Where do you get this Speedy Sharp device? I've been using an Easy Lap diamond sharpener with fair success, but not always the sticky sharp I prefer. Previously I used a mill bastard file for decades, but remove so much metal I've taken entire points off hooks trying to get them sharp.

    Sg
     
  7. Blake Harmon

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    Gami octopus here in size 4 and 2 for my stingers. I seem to be able to sharpen them fine.
     
  8. Chris DeLeone

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    I get them at 3 Rivers marine in Woodinville - I think most gear targeted sporting good shops have them.
     
  9. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Although I don't steelhead much, I use Gamakatsu Octopus for all saltwater stingers. I buy them in 100 or value packs (25) to get the best bang for the buck.
    I always try to leave the stinger loop long enough that I can just swap out the hook in the field if it gets dinged.
    SF
     
  10. Flyborg

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    I've been mostly using Owner mosquito hooks size 1.
     
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    triploidjunkie Active Member

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    I echo Derek. Mostly in size six also, but will move up to four or two if the dimensions of the fly call for it. But instead of line I use white backing looped through both eyes, wrapped, and gorilla glued. I then use a sharpie to color the backing to blend in with color of the fly.
     
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    Really, were you using the # 2 TMC 600 SP?
     
  13. Jamie Wilson

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    It's the fly mojo. Very difficult to understand. Sometimes what began as a fully dressed fly becomes threads and it continues to produce. Start over - game over.
    New fly - exact as possible - you just can't start over.
     
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    I am convinced that you should only fish your sharpest hooks. To do this you need to sharpen them in the field.
     
  15. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Owner 2 and 4.
     
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