Todays update on flyhooks.org: new hooks and pictures from the Midgar flyhook range. Midgar is a Norwegian based (located in Hvaler) flyfishing/flytying company, they have a short range of hooks that are focused around scandinavian saltwater patterns. All have microbarb and have a really solid build that makes you trust them for big fish even on smaller sizes.
The hooks are new of this year so I haven’t had much time to tie on them (or fish with them yet), but the M2010 streamer and M2020 are two that stand out for me in the range: the M2020 have a deeper bend than I’ve seen before and should be interesting to tie up on.
Todays update on flyhooks.org comes from Ahrex hooks: earlier this year they sent me samples of all their hooks for addition to the flyhooks database. The update brings a total of 23 hooks from Ahrex to the site: the doubles and trebles are missing, but they will be added later.
From a start with hooks focusing on saltwater here in Scandinavia, they now have a range of hooks:
- NS – Nordic Salt: baitfish, gammarus, shrimp
- HR – Home Run: salmon, tube, trailer, doubles & trebles
- TP – Trout Predator: for the big trout streamers
- PR – Predator: pike and large predator fish
I welcome the addition of more barbless as they now have both predator, stinger and tube barbless in their lineup.
A couple of highlights for me in what I use: the NS110 for saltwater patterns, HR430 barbless tube that have a really solid build quality even in the smaller sizes, the heavy HR414 for salmon patterns and TP610 & TP650 for the larger trout streamers.
This brings the total of hooks with images to a total of 705, I would still love to get my hands on more Ahrex: if you have hooks in the sizes I’m missing, please send me a message!
Following up on the recent update of hooks on flyhooks.org – today a look at some of the hooks that have been added from Mustad:
A 4xh hook that is built to hook large fish on the small sizes, this is the hook I tie small nymphs for salmon fishing up north with. Due to the weight it will also sink quickly in rapid streams.
A hook I’ve never tied on, and that I would love to get more insight on the background of its shape.
A very short shank in large sizes, reminds me of a up-scaled spider hook. There is a 527 blind-eye from Mustad that I haven’t taken a picture of yet that looks very much like this.
3907 A #4
The start of the 3907 series
3907 B #4
The length of B is the same as A, but with a much heavier wire
3907 C #8
The third 3907 hook, would love to have this in #4 to compare all the three 3907 hooks in the same series.
Hooks like this and the R-75 follow-up makes it interesting to have historic hooks to see how a hook type have evolved over time. The 79580 evolved to R75, and you can see the similarity but also the difference in shape, bend and barb on these two
The R75 have a much smaller barb than the 79580
Another comparison: but here the difference is really big – the old 94720 is much longer than the newer R79
The newer R79 on the other hand, have a much heavier wire than 79580
It is interesting to see the difference between old and new versions of the same hook and hooks in the same series to see how they actually differ besides the name of it. If you have hooks that can fill in the gap of missing hooks, please contact me!
With the recent big update on flyhooks.org I want to point you towards some of the streamer hooks that I received. I got a lot of these from a person that knows a lot about classic streamers and hooks, so getting a envelope full of hooks from him was like christmas and birthday at the same time!
Daiichi 2370 #2
Gamakatsu Russian River #2
The Russian River is a beast of a hook: the build quality is great and can only be described as one of the toughest streamer hooks I have ever had between my fingers (together with the B-17 below).
Gaelic Supreme M.M.C.S #1
A interesting hook since it exists in 3 sizes: 6xl, 8xl and this 10xl version, this makes it possible to track the difference in XL sizes across what is the same hook.
Mustad B-17 #2/0
Another streamer hook that I would trust for very large fish, but the pure weight of just the hooks, and the dimensions of this hook would make it hard to throw with a conventional flyrod.
Allcock BG3 #2
One from a legendary company, nice lines and a good quality build. Does not have a looped eye though, something I would do on a hook this size and dimension.
Sealey 1762.B #3/0
A interesting hook from Sealey: very lon shank with a wide gape compared to the other hooks in this category
Mustad 94720 #2
A nice Mustad hook that deserves a place here together with the other streamer hooks.
Take a look at flyhooks.org and the search to filter out the streamers or the where the shank length is longer than your traditional hook.
Earlier this year I reached out to some hook companies to see if they were interested in donating some hooks to be included on flyhooks.org, I got A.Jensen covered earlier, but this time I got reply back from Dohiku, Claw & Knapek.
Claw is covered 100%, only 3 sizes is missing from Dohiku and the same status regarding Knapek.
With all sizes for a hook type it is easier to see how the hook compares with others and how it grows/shrink in size as they go up or down in size, this can be of importance if you look to tie up a pattern in different sizes on the same hook.
It is easier to cover smaller companies that doesn’t have too many hooks or sizes (and sit on full stocks of all hooks created), compared to companies like Mustad or Partridge that both have a long history, but I hope to cover more of the bigger companies as time go.