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Old 11-23-2001, 10:54 AM
Eugene Eugene is offline
Join Date: Oct 2001
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Why use up-eye hooks?

In the "Loop Dropper?" thread on the steelhead board Skookum wrote of his dissatisfaction with up-eye hooks. I've run across that opinion before (including in Combs book -- the bible) and it makes sense that the gape of the hook would be moved away from the target during the initial grab if the tippet is tied directly to the loop of an up-eye hook, resulting in a shallower hook-set. So why are these the most widely used steelhead hooks? Looks? Tradition? Shouldn't straight-eye hooks be more effective?
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