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post #1 of 1 (permalink) Old 01-17-2002, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Originator: HangDogDate: 1/17/2002 5:37 PM
Through much trial and error and some heartache, I've come to exclusively use Tiemco TMC 700 hooks for my steelhead flies. This is a heavy wire, very sharp, down-eye hook with a relatively short shank for reduced leverage.

Virtually all of my winter patterns (BC Buggers, Conehead Buggers, etc.) are weighted with dumbell eyes, bead-chain eyes, cones, beads and keel weights. All of these flies ride hook-side up.

I've arranged second mortgage financing with my banker so that I can buy a box of Tiemco TMC 777SP's. This is heavy wire, straight-eye hook that I think will be more versatile than the TMC 700.

I have several (hopefully not too inane) questions:

- Is a down-eye hook appropriate for spey fishing: if weighted?; if unweighted?
- Is the TMC 777SP a more versatile hook for spey fishing: weighted and unweighed?; hook-side up and hook-side down?
- I've never been able to get my head around up-eye/loop-eye spey hooks. Why are these features important? The old spey hooks were essentially straight-eye hooks.
- Does anyone manufacture an up-eye/circle-eye steelhead/salmon hook: heavy-wire; sharp; rrelatively short shank ? (I occasionally use Gamakatsu Octopus hooks for steelhead flies, however, for the most part, I find that the shanks are too short. Good for egg patterns though).

Any information you could pass along would be greatly appreciated.
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