Well, with nothing better to do (not) on a beautiful early Spring morning here in southern Vermont, I decided to update my size 10 hook comparison chart. There's a couple new hooks in the stable, a result of my searches to replace the lamented loss of the Tiemco 7999 (stupid Tiemco), which I thought I'd bring to your tying bench.
This go 'round, I've included prices, either from where I bought the hooks, or from quick Google searches. My winner (by just the slim margin of a finer return eye) to replace the 7999 is the Akita AK305. I prefer a heavy size 10; I've just had too much good luck with it not to stick with it. An example of its staying power is the Celtic Beauty tied on it with which Bridget hooked 7 salmon a couple Septembers ago:
I've broken down the price per hook. It's eye opening. Good thing I like the Akita and Maruto more than any of the Partridges (which I suppose are OK if you're on the Partridge Pro Staff and get them for free or at a discount) because they are priced WAY above my paygrade (Prices are U.S. dollars; foreign shipping for some of the hooks increases the cost per hook somewhat dramatically - not taken into consideration here):
Akita A305: 29 cents/hook
Maruto M30: 19 " "
Tiemco 7999: good luck
Partridge M2: 80 cents/hook
Partridge single Wilson: 51 " "
Partridge Bartleet Supreme: 70 " "
Mustad SL53 UBL 28 " "
Daiichi 2421 38 " "
Partridge CS42 Bomber 28 " "
Missing from the chart this time (where'd they go?) is the Gaelic Supreme hook. Sixty cents a pop.
Where can you buy the Akita and Maruto hooks? Not telling. But easy enough Google.
So...the chart. Hope it's helpful. (click on it to make it bigger)