Your favorite trailer hook?

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  1. Matthew Gulbranson

    Matthew Gulbranson Resident Swinger

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    I've been using owners usually in size two. I'm with Stonefish in that I leave my stinger loop long enough to be able to switch out hooks when they get dull. Looks like i may need to find this sharpener though, as I still haven't found one that I really like that gets the hooks back to being sticky enough.
     
  2. Chris DeLeone

    Chris DeLeone Active Member

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    To me its been important to move from the Owner Cutting point with its patented T shaped edge - that has been the battle getting that type of edge hook sharp. I went back to basics and as I said use the SSW.
     
  3. Pat Lat

    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    gama 50409 splitshot/drop shot hook, it has more of a hunchback allowing it to pass over rocks without as many dinged points, its also more of a circle hook, and it is a finer wire material than the octopus
     
  4. Steve Saville

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    I have used the Octopus and the splitshot/dropshop hooks by Gamakatsu. They both work well and I sharpen them when they get dull or change them out depending on the weather and water conditions.
     
  5. TallFlyGuy

    TallFlyGuy Adipossessed!

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    I have stopped using octopus style hooks altogether. (for me, again, this is just me).....the angle, even when snelled/looped, is all wrong. Pull on the hook and the shank pulls forward causing the point to go in or penetrate at a 45 degree angle. I believe this in turn causes you to lose allot more fish, and takes more energy to penetrate to the "barb". I like a hook that pulls true or straight and gets the most energy transferred from the tip of the rod into the fish's mouth. Get an Octopus hook out, loop it the way you do, and hook it to your thumb. Pull gently until it hurts, and you will see what I described above. For these reasons, I tend to use the splitshot/dropshot hooks by gamakatsu either in a size 1 or 1/0. (their 1/0 is about the same as a size 2 octopus.) I also Offset the hook for better hookups.
     
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  6. Drifter

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    Thats interesting Tallfallguy, I have only tied 6 or 8 hang backs before for trophy trout, trolling lakes and also noticed how the octopus hook lays point open, not point closed on the loop making the hook have a hard time grabbing a lot of meat on a take. I thought a siwash hook (straight shaft) would bring the point down much better to set deep. I will have to check the dropshot hooks out because I hate tying these hangbacks and If they hang at a better angle than a octopus they would get my vote.
     
  7. Grayone

    Grayone Fishin' to the end, Oc.P

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    Those are the hooks for me...
     
  8. Eric Tarcha

    Eric Tarcha gear whore

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    the one that lands Moby Steelhead...
     
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  9. James Mello

    James Mello Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"

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    Heard about that one capt Ahab....
     
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    Another vote for the gami drop shot

    For big striper and pike flies like the tru turn hooks.
     
  11. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    Eric, if you used the hook on that fly I gave you, it was an Owner SSW Size 1
     
  12. Eric Tarcha

    Eric Tarcha gear whore

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    Said fly which hooked and landed 3 mighty skagit fish in one day? that fly? that special, special fly? :)

    That is what I use mostly, though size 2 and 4.