regarding concern about hook length
When I said long shank, I didn't mean anything with a very extended length. This hook I described is 4X long, which isn't very much longer than a standard shank. If you have any Mustad 34007 in 1/0 or 2/0 (stainless) to compare against 34011, then you have an approximate comparison of what I'm describing in a Varivas 990S Salt versus 994S Salt.
Here is another mental picture: These hooks nestle very nicely inside a 35mm film canister with a little distance left to the cap.
Pete: the bouface I'm tying is tied about halfway back, leaving shank wound withthread, similar to a tarpon tie.