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New Danish hooks
New hook brands isn't something we see ever so often, but just recently two Danish hook series have seen the light of day
Fabricating hooks isn't something you just do on your kitchen table... or rather let me rephrase that: fabricating hooks is either something you do on your kitchen table or something that takes place in large, modern factories.
A few enthusiasts do actually make hooks themselves. These are mainly very dedicated salmon fly tyers who make beautifully crafted, typically large salmon hooks, hand made in very limited series and used by themselves or sold at a premium.
Other than that, fishing hooks are typically made in large factories with highly efficient machinery, oftentimes located in the far east and not rarely making hooks after specifications for several brands of hook “manufacturers”.
This is the way of the modern manufacturing world: rather than buying your own machine, not to say building your own factory, you contact existing manufacturers and agree on getting them to produce a series of products to your specifications. This goes for clothing, rods, fly lines and many other products – including hooks.
And that's what I imagine that both Danish operations Ahrex and Future Fly have done. Heck, they might very well be using the same manufacturer, because one of the traits of such deals is that it's usually unknown and kept very confidential who produces what for who, and these two could very well have contacted the same producer and have their products made on the same machines.
Could be the case. Could not. Nobody but the producer(s) probably knows.
Never the less, we have seen two new and very interesting lines of hooks recently, both aimed at the tyers who uses streamer, shrimp and grub hooks for fairly large flies. That means no smaller trout hooks, no dry fly hooks and no salmon hooks... yet.
Ahrex has a series of really nice hooks, which I have tied on and been very pleased with.
The series consists of seven models of streamer, shrimp and grub hooks as it is. The size range is from 10 to 2, varying in the different hook models, but in other words generally large hooks. As the name “Nordic Salt” indicates, the target group is the large group of anglers fishing the Baltic region.
Ahrex pack their hooks with 18 per bag, and sell the bags for 65 DKK or about 8-9 Euros for each. Ahrex is already widely available in shops – brick and mortar ones and online.
The Coastal Hooks from FutureFly have just been announced, and I haven't had a chance to tie on them yet. The series is 6 different models, stinger and streamer style in sizes that have ranges, which differ from the normal “even number range”, and goes from 1 to 15 with no obvious way of matching that to “normal” hooks sizes. But being coastal hooks, the sizes are most likely in the 10-2 range when compared to other brands. One hook – the C3, a classic saltwater streamer style – is stainless steel, the rest being high carbon steel. All are chemically sharpened.
The packs contain 15 hooks and suggested retail price is 49 DKK or about 6-7 Euros per bag. The hooks are on the way to the dealers as this is written, and should soon be available from the many FutureFly outlets.
Danish Kim Sorensen from the company announces that “some more nontraditional looking hooks will come in the near future...”
As I said: I have already tied on several of Ahrex' hooks and liked them, and judging from the usual quality level that FutureFly usually delivers, their hooks are very likely nice too. I will buy and try ASAP.