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Old 08-20-2013, 09:34 AM
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Default Basic question about hook materials

Hi -- I tie and have used a variety of hooks in the last few years. I got to thinking about it, and I really don't know a thing about the different metals that are contained in my own hooks .

Anyone want to educate me? I mostly tie on saber hooks, which are goldish-looking hooks that sharpen easily and work pretty well. I also sometimes use regular eagle claw hooks for bigger streamer patterns and carp flies, but these are the bronze color that scrapes off once you have to sharpen the hooks.

I've seen others like gamakatsu that appear a shiny, gray appearance.

What are the differences here, and what are the ideal uses for hook types?

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Consider tying your flies on chemically sharpened hooks. They are needle sharp out of the box. I use Tiemco hooks and like them very much. There are also other good brands out there.
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