Later that evening, we were tying up flies and I had a good look at the Daiichis that Greg had -- seemed to be a heavier guage and better made. I've not tried a Gami hook, but I'll take a look -- the local bait & tackle shops carry lots of them.
Right now, I have an image of myself starring in a Daiichi commercial -- after a short take of the fight, cut to me forlornly looking at my straightened hook and the announcer intones, "If only he had used a Daiichi . . . "