Re: 60 degree jig hooks for bonefish

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Posted by Dan Blanton on 2013-03-11 11:44:11 in reply to Re: 60 degree jig hooks for bonefish posted by Phil Ewanicki on 2013-03-11 10:42:55


I'm not concerned about this type of product discloser. I'll find out soon enough if the hook(s) I purchase are up to my expectations or not. However, when they change the quality or (in this case) the hardness or strength of a hook that I've come to like and trust - that ticks me off. This happened with the EC 254 Cad-plated hook that I used to love for tarpon many years ago. It was a comparatively small-wire hook but extremely strong and hard, but not brittle. You'd wear out a couple of files sharpening a season's worth of tarpon flies but the resulting edge would not dull nor would the point roll. My best day using a fly tied on that hook was 7 landed out of 12 jumped.

EC started getting complaints that the hook was too hard to sharpen and they subsequently softened it - basically ruined the hook for use on critters like tarpon. The EC 413 is of similar hardness and it will open on strong fish if the point is not buried to the bend.


PS: Even if they provided the metal hardness in some kind of Engineering Speak - I would not have a clue as to what that would mean. They'd have to come up with a layman's scale of hardness that everyone could understand - a scale of 1 to 5 for example.

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