The Best Fly Tying Hooks

The Best Fly Tying Hooks
The supply of fly-tying hook styles can be overwhelming for the beginning fly tier. Many fly-tying experts rely on a single brand of hook and supplement their supply with specialty hooks from other brands. The best hooks are a matter of opinion. Several brands consistently produce quality hooks.


Mustad is a well-known hook manufacturer with a large assortment of fly-tying hooks. The company has hooks for both freshwater and saltwater and a variety of styles to accommodate different insect and baitfish imitations. Mustad produces hook styles for wet flies, dry flies, nymphs, terrestrials, steelhead flies, salmon flies, bass flies and saltwater flies. Mustad has hook shapes for the majority fly patterns and the hooks are sharp and sturdy.


Tiemco is another well-known hook manufacturer with a large selection. The company has strong, sharp hooks that are durable and can handle the shock of aggressive fish. The also company has some excellent factory barbless hooks for fishing in areas requiring barbless flies. The TMC 101 is a standard for numerous dry flies and the TMC 2488 is a popular curved shank hook used for emergers, caddis fly pupa, and large stone flies. Tiemco also makes the TMC 799, is a popular steelhead hook for spey casting.


Well known for specialty hooks, Gamakatsu manufactures a range of standard hook forms. The C13U hook is an excellent pupa and shrimp form with an extreme curve. The R10-BN is a retainer curve barbless hook that is one-of-a kind to the company. Gamakatsu also has several saltwater hooks that are ideal for baitfish and crab patterns. The hooks are among the sharpest available and strong enough to handle the shock of a strong fish.

Article Written By Zach Lazzari

Zach Lazzari is an outdoor writing specialist. He has experience in website writing as well as standard newspaper writing. He wrote an outdoor column for the Silver World in Lake City, Colo., and articles for Lazzari is currently completing his bachelor's degree online through Arizona State University and lives in southwest Montana.

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