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: simple question

06-21-2006, 08:23 PM
Why do salmon flies get tied on hooks with an upturned eye?

06-22-2006, 12:53 AM
I have some on downturned eyes, mostly streamer types and dries. My only theory would be it makes a straighter connection when you use a turle knot. Every guide I've ever had has used a turle and lock against turned eyes and clinch knots with straight eyes.


Willie Gunn
06-22-2006, 02:46 AM
Why do salmon flies get tied on hooks with an upturned eye?


06-22-2006, 05:57 AM
I agree with both answers from a personal perspective. I fish turles, double turles for light tippets and love the traditional look of a loop eye hook on a salmon fly.

The thru-and-wrap style knots are also incredibly strong. In life-saving when clutching someone's hand we are instructed to clutch opposing wrists, not grasp the victims fingers. The eye design and complementary knot makes a lot of sense and there are times when fishing for other species that I wish I had that advantage.

06-22-2006, 10:57 AM
I thought it was for more consistent upright drifts :confused:

06-23-2006, 08:42 PM
If I want the fly to ride true I use doubles. I'm not a big fan of the larger ones but #6's and smaller seem to do the job without imparing the fish. Of course, in slower water they sink like a stone and don't give much action.


06-24-2006, 11:29 PM
Malcolm's got it. Tradition is the reason, although some claim it is aesthetically more appealing the have them tied on up looped eye hooks. However, the best hooks from a hooking and hook holding standpoint would be either straight looped eye (or ringed eye), or blind eye with a braided mono or dacron loop.