Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: All Rivers flowing into Georgian Bay
They are the worst proportioned hook in my opinion ...
Saying that, I cold forge them and close the gap, then straighten the shank.
It then makes a nice platform for a long, thin profile.
The larger sizes like #3/0 and #2/0 make for nice Eagle and Dee patterns.
I have done the modifications with #2 and #4 sizes and fashioned Don patterns and some traditional steelhead patterns with them that I was happy with.
I prefer not to tie on them without the modifications ... it could be just me, but I'm never satisfied with the stock shape.
Have you Swung a Spey Fly today ??