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Default Re: Hook design and leader knots-which with what?

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I like turned up, return eye hooks for my salmon flies, and turned down eye, return eye hooks for my streamers. Why? Because I like the way they look, and I like tying on return eye hooks better than on ring eye hooks. I'm a victim of tradition and my own taste, lol. Trout flies I don't much care.

Oh, and turle knot on the up eyes, clinch on the down. Same victimology as above.
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That is a most reasonable approach.
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LOL, that's probably the only reasonable approach I take on a day-to-day basis, Silver.
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Default Re: Hook design and leader knots-which with what?

Since this thread is alive again I'll keep with the resuscitation.

I like Ring or Ball eye on wets and streamer hooks and whatever is on a salmon hook including the fish. Whether trout or salmon fishing the knots never change, Orvis style slip knot with 2 passes for heavy line & 3 for light ones (line). All loop to loop splices are simple perfection loops and they are the weak link comparatively speaking. The loop will always break before the knot to the fly. The loop will also break before my leader to line, or more importantly my line to backing connection. This is very important, every thing going forward on the line / connections must be weaker than the line to backing connection
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Default Re: Hook design and leader knots-which with what?

As far as the type of eye the typical hook has a ring eye that is either turned up,down or straight.As far as the knot used a loop would work better on a sub surface as to allow more action. I would think on a dry fly a cinched down knot would work fine. As far as an up,down or straight eye would depend on the fly itself. As stated a Clouser a down turn eye may give a more jig type action and less bottom snags.
With using small tippets I would inspect the ring eye to insure that it has been turned in tight to the shank as to not allow the tippet to slip thru. I do not know if there are hooks for fly fishing that have a welded eye.
Now the knot to use is always a personal preference.
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Much ado about knotting!
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