Originally Posted by BobPop
The 1/0 will be fine for SB. Most of the rest of species around the EAST too. The hook should be strong, not so much how big it is. If you target BIG stripers, sometimes you are better off with larger hooks to clear the lip thickness which is much larger than smaller bass. The entire mouth is bigger too. For the big girls, if I was only looking after BIG bass, I am using larger hooks and flies with lots of hook gape too.
When making your flies, if the hook shank has enough room for your imitation, then you're good! If your pattern starts getting cramped, a larger size hook will help. Also, it will better keel the heavily dressed flies.
As size alone, 1/0 id fine 90% of the time but be sure you buy strong ones.
Thanks BobPop, great to get free advice from a legend. Yet another reason SOL rules. I'll be buying your book soon as I would like to tie PopFleyes style flies. BobPop do you still use epoxy or one of the newer materials?
I am using Mustad 34007 and ec 254 hooks right now as they are less expensive, and I am still learning and half the flies I tie right now go in the round file.
1) are mustad and EC hooks considered strong fly hooks, because to my untrained flyfishing eye, I would never use them on a plug or with bait, for that fishing I only use VMCs and Gamakatsu
2) anybody know the difference between EC L253 and EC 254 SS hooks?
3) If I get good enough at tying, I would like to tie some patterns up for fishing and to my untrained eye, these mustads and EC are not going to cut it. In my opinion, when fishing there is nothing worse than losing a fish due to a factor I have under my control - i.e., hook quality, knot strength/proper knot, too tight/loose drag old, old bait, etc etc. I will probably go to Gamakatsu just from my past good experiences with that brand.
Question: what is the Gami equivalent for a 1/0 34007 and for a EC 254ss and also a 34011?