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Published Jan 1. 2001
Selecting hooks for saltwater
Fly hooks for Scandinavian salt water fishing There are several considerations to make when choosing fly hooks for salt water fishing for sea trout.
There are several considerations to make when choosing fly hooks for salt water fishing for sea trout.
Stainless steel does have one disadvantage, though; The stainless hooks are fragile and break, but normally that will not happen, unless you abuse the fly.
I've heard of people that fish sea trout with hooks into the 20's, but I personally wouldn't like to fight a 5 kg (10 lb.) fish on a #20 hook. Very large hooks can be difficult to cast with the avarage Danish tackle.
|Hook types that I recommend for salt water flies:|
Two straight eye streamer hooks:
a Kamasan Thunder Creek #4 and a Mustad 34011 Stainless #8
Both types can be used for salt water fishing.
The Kamasan will stand salt to a surprising extent.
The shape of the hook is mostly dictated by the pattern, but many of the patterns I use can be tied on various hooks. Most common are streamer hooks -- straight or down eye -- and curved hooks like nymph or emerger types.
Three types of nymph/emerger hooks: Mustad Curved Nymph/Dry (80050 BR), Partridge Emerger/Nymph (GRS12ST) and Tiemco TMC 200. All are the same size (#6).
The Partridge is my own favourite. It's made in a Niflor coated version which is not stainless but close.