View Full Version : Hook size

charlie biddle
05-19-2003, 02:52 PM
Looked FAQ but could not find what I thought would be an easy but very newbie queston...what size hooks are you using to tie your flies for stripers and soon to be blues?

05-19-2003, 03:40 PM
ones,twos, and threes!

05-19-2003, 04:12 PM
Now I know why you call yourself the ripper ; )

It's those small hooks. Just kidding.

It depends, 1, 2, 3's are good for smaller flies. Generally you want balance with the pattern/baitfish your imitating. Long skinny flies are best tied on long shank hooks. Flies you want to sink faster are tied on heavy shank hooks.

If your hook doesn't balance well with the fly, say a 6 inch herring pattern on a 1 or 1/0 hook, the fly won't ride right. You should use 2/0 upward to 4/0. It also allows enough gape to hook fish and the bend and barb acts as a weighted keel keeping the fly correctly oriented.

I'd say the average is 1 to 1/0. I lean toward 1/0.

For sight fishing you want to go smaller but you still need the hook to ride barb down so you want sparsely tied flies.

I'd say look at some store bought's you like, match up the hooks, and go from there.

Clousers are another story you need the weight of the barbell eyes to offset the effect of the bend and barb to ride hook up.

05-19-2003, 06:09 PM
I like 1/0, 2/0, 3/0. Small enough to cast, large enough to hold a decent fish. I've lost too many fish that straightened smaller hooks.

Conveyor Man
05-19-2003, 06:56 PM
I had the same problem with smaller hooks. I started using them when I started to fish salt water but I lost alot of fish. I think the point of the hook would stick in the jaw bone and wasn't big enough to hook around the jaw and set properly. Over the years have moved to bigger hooks, 1/0, 2/0, 3/0.

05-19-2003, 07:11 PM
Try some, Varivas 994s hooks. I hardly ever lose fish with them and the hookups seem effortless.

Lightn' Rod
05-19-2003, 09:09 PM
I agree with Rockfish 1/0 2/0 and 3/0 long shank 1's for candies. I tend to take my que from spin fisherman who invaribly go with bigger hooks, wider gap.

05-19-2003, 09:45 PM
My Striper flies range from #1-3/0. For the smaller hooks I prefer the Tiemco due to their thick wire design. I never have had to go larger then a 3/0. Then again I have never had to tie fly's bigger then 6" and never had to deal with fish much over 40lb.s on a fly....


05-20-2003, 08:26 AM
I should have been more specific.. I meant 1/0, 2/0, and 3/0.

05-20-2003, 10:41 AM
I'm with pathfinder. Varivas hooks are light and sharp as hell. Don't know if has to do with the funky bend in 'em but I put a 1/0 completely through a tarpon jaw. That fish was goin' nowhere.

So varivas fan I am.