So I got my hands on some old PT hooks and I do not want to fish them at $1.50 a hook since it is a little spendy for winter fishing. Comparing them to the tiemco 7999 (the 7139 is almost an exact match) I was surprised to find they are somewhat similiar if you dremel off the loop eye. It is an extra few minutes of tying time to put a loop on these yourself with braided mono so that is not much of a concern.
In the other hook thread there was mention of straight eye hooks being better at holding fish and I like the way flies look tied on full hooks as oposed to shank and tube flies. What knots do folks use on gut(braided mono) eye loops? Would like to use them exclusively this winter to compare my hooking to landing results.
12-05-2004, 11:17 PM
Sean, I'm not sure about gut eyed flies but I use Lefty Krehs Non-slip loop knot about 70% of the time. In fact about the only times I use something else is skating or hitching. It was taught to me by Brian Silvey, I think JJ uses the same knot.
12-05-2004, 11:21 PM
Is that the same as a perfection loop?
12-06-2004, 11:26 AM
If it is the same loop JJ uses, it is also the one I use on all my hooks unless riffling.
1) single overhand knot (don't cinch
2) tag through the hook eye and around the leader two to four times
3) back through the opening of the overhand and pull tight
It takes a bit of practice to get the loop small but once you get it down, I love this knot.
It is less bulky and stronger than the perfection loop.
This is the one I use as well for all of my fishing. Combined with the braided mono loop eye it should give the fly good motion in the water.
12-06-2004, 02:47 PM
It does! Even though I coat my eyes with cement, they still get pretty floppy. Rather than the braided mono, I have been using 30# dacron for loops.
12-06-2004, 04:37 PM
Any knot that tightens or loops directly on the eye loop is OK and performs well with blind eye braided mono eye loops.
Glad you tried the Dremel trick with the eyed hooks. They really are a nice blind eye hook when you do this.
12-10-2004, 03:40 PM
I wrap the leader 4-6 times (really a twist of the wrist).
I'm not so concerned wit the size of the loop.
Extremely easy fast knot to tie.