Curved shank, wide gape, slightly heavy wire, straight-eye. Uses: Klinkhamers, Emergers, Caseless Caddis Nymphs and Gammarus Patterns
In the early days of fly tying and fly-fishing, “wet flies” were king. Dry flies and nymphs today are more popular, but wet flies, which are fished subsurface, are still very successful for catching trout, steelhead, and salmon. Wet flies do not closely imitate natural insects or bait fish, but give the impression of emerging mayflies. This hook is a “modern” version of the traditional wet fly hook. The heavy wire helps the fly sink and the extra strength makes this hook a great tool for steelhead and large trout.
This hook was specifically designed to enhance the “natural appearance” of stonefly nymph fly patterns. In older fly tying recipes, tiers were often instructed to bend the hook shank of a typical 3X or 4X-long hook down, that way the final product exhibits a curved or bent body more closely resembling the actual nymphs which bend between the thorax and abdomen when they free swim. Manually bending a finished hook always compromises the metal and is not recommended. These hooks come pre-shaped for perfect looking imitations.
Aberdeen style hooks are considered “general purpose” and are used for various types of fishing. These hooks are popular as snelled hooks for live bait, used in lures and streamers or for fly tying. They are standard wires and the rounded bend makes them great for beaded flies or bead headed nymphs. This style is also suited for dry flies or hoppers.