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Old 08-19-2009, 08:36 AM
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there are so many hook types out there. I know I can tie a nymph on a dry fly hook and catch fish. Downturned eyes vs straight don't seem to make much difference at my level of fishing. Hook weight (wire size) seems to be the noticable element in performance. I can see how on dries that a down turned eye may help land the fly better...maybe? Down turned may provide a bit more leverage in the hook set but it also seems to block the hook gap in some designs.

I'm running low on scud/nymph hooks and can get some good deals on sproat hooks (upturned eye).

Question: for brassies, emergers, etc that use a curved scud/nymph hook. what would be the dissadvantage of an upturned eye vs a down turned eye.


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Old 08-19-2009, 10:31 AM
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I don't like upturned eye hooks...the problem is I can't tell you why
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Default Re: upturn vs downturn eye

Hi

Here is a link to a thread about hooks that might help you.

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Default Re: upturn vs downturn eye

For the tiny flies I have to tie for the tailwaters I fish (mostly 22x & smaller), a downturned eye does impinge too much on an already-narrow hook gap. On the other hand, I'm not sure that an upturned hook eye doesn't make for an unnatural drift. As a compromise for these two opposite problems, I use a straight eye when I can find them for these tiny flies.
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I do not seem to have a preference. I do like to buy some straight eye hooks for Thunder Creeks though. It makes tying in the head much easier for me.
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