Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: S Ontario rivers plus various lakes for warm water species.
What tends to happen with multiple point hooks, large or small, is the possible catching and ripping of tissue near those points not embedded during the fight. I am not sure that both points of a double hook could be relied to 'go in' evenly every time, although if smaller they would go in less deeply.
There are differences in the traditions between European salmon fly fishing and in N. America, where single hooks used tend to be smaller.
I subscribed to Trout & Salmon magazine (UK) for many years and saw those small doubles and treble flies featured, sometimes with just a few hairs dressed on them. The magazine also had articles on spinning for salmon, describing techniques for using spoons, spinners, Devon Minnows and Flying 'C's' all sporting treble hooks. Certainly it was understood that as not all water suites the fly, using artificials has it's place and sporting appeal, unlike the derogatory references to 'gear' angling over here.
To my mind, fishing double or even treble point flies (of any size) increases snagging on weeds, rocks, stones etc. They may add extra weight and help the fly 'track' more steadily, however that could equally done with a little weight added and/ or carefully considering application of tying materials.
Removing one of those sticky little flies (unless they are barbless) will be more of a challenge, certainly.
I fish for many species with both fly and spinner (using bamboo of course..) and have replaced the treble hooks from spoons and spinners with smaller, often barbless, Siwash single hooks for the reasons mentioned, to great advantage.
Last edited by MHC; 08-14-2019 at 08:08 AM.