|We usually don't do product reviews for items we offer to the public, but in this case we
have made an exception. In dealing with tube hooks in various sizes and styles over the
past dozen years, we absolutely have a good understanding of what we like to see in a
quality tube hook.
A tube hook should be short shank (of coarse) to gain the advantage of having less
leverage between the tie on point and the bend. This is a must for tube flies and of
course is one of the major reasons for using a tube fly in the first place. A tube fly hook
also needs to have a heavier gauge hook than one would normally use on a hooked
pattern. Many tube fly manufacturers do go over board a bit with this though. A well
made tube fly hook does not need to have a gauge of wire three or four times as heavy as
a standard fly hook. That's why we like the Egret hook, It has additional weight
because of the heavier gauge wire, though it's not totally heavy just for the sake of
being heavy. Proper balance within a tube fly is essential, too often one has to use
extremely heavy cones to counter balance some of the very heavy tube hooks on the
Another problem with some tube hooks on the market today is that they have an eye that
is too small. Egret hooks have a round eye that is a bit bigger than would be necessary
on a standard fly hook, Of course the bigger eye is an advantage when you a re looking
for a fly to sit securely within a junction tube.
Egret also come in a Octopus variety that have a wonderful, upturned large eye. We've
used this cinched up in an upside down way. It works well when fishing deep and
bouncing off rocks. A great saltwater hook too.
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