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Addiction to hooks

January 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I learned a pattern that required keel hooks, the Stacked Blonde from Kelly Galloup. The hook is Mustad 79666, which gives this fly a very wide profile.

Galloup's Stacked Blonde

Unfortunately, I learn this pattern after Mustad stopped making that hook. Scouring the internet, I found a package of 25 and tied up a few. A couple weeks later, I happened upon another package of 10 hooks in the discount bin at the fly shop. I snapped them up, and felt a secret thrill of thinking ahead. Later, I discovered a box of 100 for sale on ebay. A short bidding battle later, I emerged victorious. My name is John, and I’m a hook hoarder.

Now, with the the news that Mustad is discontinuing much of the classic line of hooks, in favor of the Signature line, its time start feeding this addiction again. On the positive side, the hooks that I use the most (94840, 3906, and 9671) have equivalants in the Signature line (R50, R70, and R72).  In fact, Mustad has published a pretty cool hook chart, which shows the new models in two dimenstions: weight and length.

Mustad Hook Chart

Like the worst stories from this past political season, the news about Mustad is from blogs. However, these seem like reliable and multiple sources. Singlebarbed.com is monitoring for news from Mustad, and FAOL has a sales rep (Dr. Fish) from Mustad commenting, and providing explainations.

For my friends, pardon me in advance when I may ask, “hey brother, can you spare a 94840, size 14”.

Tags: Fly Tying

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 John LeJeune // Jan 11, 2009 at 6:39 pm


    Where there be a cross reference chart between the old and the new series?

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