Hook features include a black nickel finish with forged 110 carbon steel construction a 20 degree up-turned eye straight shank wide gape 6 degree reversed offset micro barb and chemically sharpened point. This results in better Hook-ups. Be cautious about Drennan leader material. Bent out 2 and broke 2 from different packs too. You should end up on the side of the mouth near the upper or lower jaw.
Today manufacturers have many metal choices to make hooks. Thanks, I will probably try out the blackbird hooks. From a conservation standpoint, Smaller hooks are better for the fish. The troutbeads hooks are sharp and very heavy 2x for their size. I have no problem with the kamasans, but will probably start running the 10s since many of the guys here have been successful with that and bigger.
Surprised about the specialists hook you like. I have seen and heard of a bad batch of hooks from the factory time to time with all manufacturers. Figured it out after being 2 for 18 these past two days. When using an upturned eye Hook, tied with a Snell Knot sometimes a little more force to set the Hook is needed. But after thousands of fish and years, later many will agree with my results and reasons. You should get the same performance upon Hook set with any style Hook-eye and Knot, right? The Hook point and line move in the same direction, resulting in better Hook sets and penetration. Little hooks make big things happen in the steelhead world! I grabbed a pack of the Daichii X510's BillM mentioned my last day I fished and wow! Haven't tried the Raven Specialists for beads yet, but ran them for bags and was impressed for sure.
A six-degree offset is ideal and just about right. Alot of guys are complaining about their main line breaking before their leader while using Drennan. They prevent hang-ups, in clear water the fish do not see them as easy and they are perfect for Light leaders. For Steelhead fishing, here are the Features in hooks that I feel are important. Instead, they allow me to deliver that bait perfectly to the fish with a more natural presentation. Maybe there will be some leftover by then due to the low water and dry conditions this year.
Hooks today are coated with either a clear lacquer or with gold, nickel, Teflon, tin or colors for packaging. Many consider the Specialist being essentially the most dependable steelhead hook available because of the precision construction and great hooking and holding power. In addition, the hook eye position can vary even by the degree. Spinning reel or bait casting reel we all differ on what we like to fish with. Once the hooks come out hard and brittle they need to go into another oil bath but this time at 300 degrees for 1 hour to complete the tempering process. I must have gotten a bad batch of them. What happens when a fish closes its mouth? It has quickly become the most popular Raven hook due to its great hooking and holding power.
When you have friction, you will have line and knot failure. Reminds me of Kamasan 772, my favorite hook for carp fishing. Had several hook ups with none dropped. Not mention the more leverage the Snell Knot provides when trying to fight these fish. Today, the avid angler enjoys the best fishing hooks of all time.
Maybe bad batches when they first hit the market. I would have thought that a 4 hook with a 8mm bead would be too large, but it worked great. High carbon steel, steel alloyed with vanadium or even stainless steel just to name a few. I love a turned-up eye Hook that faces away from the Hook point creating more space between the shank and Hook point. The angler could end up with hooks that are brittle and fail. Neptun, I read your other post about the problems you had with your main line.
I personally dont like the teimcos, but some of the similar ones on the market are great. As an example look at the archery industry on broadheads the opinions will vary across the board, on which one is the best? I'll run them all next fall for a legit time frame. But the hooks of today that are 2x and have been designed for steelhead are nothing short of amazing. In stained water, I will use Hook sizes 4-6 and in clear water sizes 8-12. You should of try fishing for fresh 30+ lb salmon jumping 2-3 feet out of water and running like torpedo. At the end of the day getting more bites will translate into more fish. I have been operating under the assumption that the smaller the hook, the better for stealth purposes.
But then again I don't fish for salmon and only used them for steelhead. Because a Steelhead and salmon are always opening and closing their mouths, I prefer a straight or upturned eye on my all my hooks. As for hooks, I use blackbirds and have never had a problem. Neptun, I read your other post about the problems you had with your main line. The Blackbirds have a thinner wire and extremely sharp used for inland trout mostly. The harder the metal instead of flex you could have a break. People for years have had their doubts of short shanked Light wire hooks for steelhead.
Raven Specialist Hooks The perfect all-purpose hook. A good starting point: 6mm bead - 10 hook 8mm bead - 8 hook 10mm bead - 6 hook But I do go up or down a size depending on conditions. Was not a fan of raven hooks, straighten too easily for my likes only tried sedge. I was running sz 8 C14S with 8mm beads this whole spring and have never had such a good landing ratio running beads. I was running Blackbirds for beads, but was probably around 50% or less landing ratio. This results in better Hook-ups and is a great feature when using Smaller hooks.