I use them when and where they are legal. That said, I do not do it for any fish hooking/catching reasons......I just think that you can not beat the aestetics of a classic hairwing pattern tied on a double. Just my two cents.
that(with single hooks size 6 and up) the smaller fish (smolt),can get hooked thru an eye if they take and turn,i'm sure you've witnessed that,is seems they also won't take the fly as deep when using doubles(smolt can be an ever present part of your `catch per day' here,they are nearly unavoidable),i pinch the barbs most of the way down,enough so that a headshake won't toss the hook,but it is easy to release a fish with hemos,and of course when using traditional (winged)patterns of the Rogue,(the oldtimers call them `Rogue Doubles'),,,and` in action',,the doubles keel the fly as well as add to the overall look of the fly,the hook bends being `legs' ,it also seems once hooked,,they stay hooked,:hihi: ,there's my `02 cents worth
Although I've never fished for steelhead, I thought that you may be intrested in hearing about the use of doubles for atlantics. Over here they are probably the most common type of hook used, personally, I do not doubt the hooking and C and R quality of them but have had a couple of fish on larger singles (ie #6 and up). doubles tend to fish nicley aswell as getting down a bit deeper in streamy water. Im going to be doing a fair bit of experimenting with singles in the '06 season.
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