They look like great hooks, and might even compare. But I wonder if price is really as big of a deal as some people think?
For northeast striper fishing...
I pay $10 for a couple of months worth of a top-notch fly hook instead of $5 for Mustads, the season lasts half the year, so that's $30 for my main SWFF hook for the year. This to me is cheap money to fish with the very best hooks made. I don't know if I really care if I spend less than that for a years worth of my main fly hook, knowing I am using the best made in the world.
The quality control, the point, the barb, the eye and the profile are all superior. I might not drive the best car or live in a fancy house but I sure as heck fish with the best hooks :hehe:
I'm not concerned about the pocket change in price difference but since every department store seems to carry mustad by default maybe I could find some decent hooks when I can't get to my favorite sponsor's shop. When I have a choice I will opt with TMC et. al.
BTW - I do buy some Mustad hooks for certain freshwater and river fishing needs. They have a huge range of styles to choose from. My comments were aimed at standard SWFF hook choice and my experience comparing brands in the past. Besides, I need a good bluefish hook :devil:
Check out the new Signature hooks by Mustad. Tiemco like quality for less money and quanity. Looks like a winner to me.
I have some of these hooks. I got them downtown at Stoddards I think. Sharp has h e double hockey sticks out of the box. I don't really like the way the point heads back towards the shank slightly. I feel it reduces the gap a tiny bit. But I think I'm just being picky. I really never fished any good hooks until the end of last year. 95% of my flies are still on Mustad 3407 or 34007's. Only time will tell if the finish holds up to the salt though.
I dropped in to see Commander Jim Bender @ LowerForty in Worcester...after a nice visit he showed me these new SS hooks and they had Striper Fly written all over them!...The 3/0's were $4.95 for 25 and the quality looks great! (2X Heavy / 2X Short)
I am going to be receiving some of these from Mustad soon. I will let you know how they are. Of course my main concern with a hook is: can I tie it on the end of my line? But seriously I go through so many hooks and flies ina year that cost is a prime concern, so obviously i am happy that they are sending me some to try out but if the price is right in the future I will stock up on them.
Let us know what you think of them. I picked up this months Fly Fisherman magazine at Borders yesterday and Larry Dahlberg has an article on them basically saying they are great hooks for bait fishing, but he is not so sure for fly fisherman.
Indicates primary advantage of the Circle hook is that if swallowed into gut by fish will pass thru with no harm to it and for fish with very boney mouths will increase your hooking percentages dramatically.
Since flys are rarely swallowed by fish he is not sure of their advantage to fly fisherman except for boney mouth fish.
Appears they have been used for Tarpon bait fishing for a long time, indicates 20 years.
What does Mel Simpson think of these, our resident tarpon guide on the forumn.
My .02 cents
P.S. What I am doing posting in the saltwater section ? I am a 1,000 miles from the Atlantic, wish I was closer, growing up in NJ did some surf casting for stripers and blues, was just getting into FF the surf in 1979 when the big corporate transfer came to the mid west and the then the steelhead and salmon conversion occurred.
I didn't order any of the circle hooks of the Mustad Signature line. The ones I am going to be getting are more similar to Gamakatsu Octopus hooks. I have been all over circle hooks for flies for a few years now. I have already posted my experience with them. I found the post here it is:
"I have used circle hooks a lot for flies. Here are my general observations, not meant to be taken as gospel;
For fast swimming fish that take their prey whole and keep going at full speed, circle hooks can't be beat. False albies are one species that I really like flies tied on circle hooks. The main reason is that once the circle grabs ahold, it doesn't let go.
However, if the fish you are pursuing isn't one to streak off at top speed after it grabs something and will just gulp it down and then sit there with it, the fish will blow it back out either from it's mouth or through it's gills. I had a lot of trouble with striped bass blowing flies out their gills and then you can't get the hook out, even if it's barbless. It turns around in there and gets all hung up and the fish ends up dying, I don't use circle hooks for striped bass fishing anymore.
Actually, for albies this past season I used Gamakatsu Octopus hooks more than circles anyways.
I don't really use them too much anymore. The new interest is a new fad that will go away, I guess I was ahead of the curve."