Thanks for the response on the tube fly question. After reviewing the posts from the west coast on tube flies, I reviewed hooks available from Gamakatsu, Owner and Partridge. It is interesting that they are live bait hooks meeting the round eye, wide gape and short shank criteria. Perhaps that style of hook should be considered for saltwater flytying. It is my understanding that a short shank with a round eye equates to better hook setting with a strip set, and the fish has less leverage than it would with a long shank.
If the Tiemco 600SP hook proves to be ineffective for tube flies, I'll try the live bait hooks.