Saturday, March 12, 2016

Updated Size 10 salmon hook comparison chart

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)


Cheers,
Gary

9 comments:

  1. I wish I had stocked up while I was in the UK 26 years ago. Partridge hooks were about 5 pounds per hundred - 10 cents a hook in real money. But i was getting mustads for 3 cents and Tiemco for 4 cts. i bought salmon flies for 1 pounds each or about 2 dollars

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  2. oh my, the good old days, hook-wise, are sure gone, eh, Gregg?

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  3. A new and improved Tanner Chart! Nice!!

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    1. Poppy, hope its of some use to you. And I enjoy shopping your online store www.redshedflyshop ! Anyone that needs fly tying materials or spey equipment should definitely contact Poppy there!

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  5. Thank you! I agree with the "stupid Tiemco" comment. I searched high and low for old stock TMC 700 down eyes. Found some, but they will only last so long. - Jess

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    1. I'm sure the hook makers make their decisions based upon sales, but that sure doesn't help some of us supposedly "special interest" types. Like Partridge discontinuing the Ken Baker streamer hook,etc.

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