Hook Comparison Charts

Hook comparison charts are at best fickle or at worst too confusing and inaccurate to use. It is critical to remember that this chart does in no way list equivalent hooks but attempts to list hooks based on similar applications. Far too many variables exist today to compare hooks in any other way. Even with this in mind individuals will undoubtedly find comparisons that they will disagree with. Much of the variation that exists is mainly due to the fact that little, if any, standardization exists today within the hook manufacturing fraternity. A clear example is a hook labeled as 4 XF on the Redditch scale being comparable to the same hook listed as 1 or 2 XF on the Mustad scale. In addition to that, steel quality will cause shank diameter to vary causing the above scales to be further skewed. A careful read of both Stewart's "Hook Book" and Martin's "Micro patterns" would go a long way to helping the fly tier in understanding the subtleties of hook manufacture and classification. I am indebted to these authors for advancing my personal understanding of hook evolution and manufacturing. When accessing hooks of like application an attempt was made to correlate the Redditch scale to the Mustad scale based on physical dimensions such as shank wire diameter and length, hook weight and in some cases hook gape. Though it required several months to complete this chart it is very possible that a hook model has been missed and not listed appropriately. Should this be the case be assured that it was not an intentional omission. Finally, I believe hook charts of this type will soon disappear. This will be due to the fact that fly tiers will align themselves with a favorite hook manufacturer and comparisons will only serve an academic interest. Most major manufacturers already ensure they produce specialized hooks produced by their competitors.

by Roman Scharabun

 
    MUSTAD

TIEMCO

DAIICHI DAI-RIKI PARTRIDGE TALON ORVIS GAMAGATSU KAMASAN
Style Comments                  
Dry Fly 1XF, TDE 94840 5210 1170

1180

305 L2A

E1A(1XL)

D1310 J1876 P10 B401
  1XF Straight eye 94859 101 1110 310     J4641    
  1XF,TUE 94842 500U,(1XS) 1330,(1XS)   L3B     S10-U  
  1XF Barb-less  94845 900BL 1190   L3AY D1190 J1877 S10-B  
    MUSTAD TIEMCO DAIICHI DAI-RIKI PARTRIDGE TALON ORVIS GAMAGATSU KAMASAN
  1XF Wide Gap 80000BR 100 1100   L3A   J4864 S10  
  3XF,TDE 94833 5230     L4A D1130   S10-3F  
  1XF,1-2XS Parachute 94838 921 1640

1310

  E6A J1509     B410
  1XF,2XL Hopper 94831 5212 1280 300 H1A   J1638 P10-2L1H  
  1XF cont.curve 80050BR 2312

200R

1270 270 K12ST ST163C J1510   B220
    MUSTAD TIEMCO DAIICHI DAI-RIKI PARTRIDGE TALON ORVIS GAMAGATSU KAMASAN
Wet Fly Nymph Std-1XL TDE 3906

3906B

9300

3769

1550

1560

060

070

G3A W1100

W1100X

J1640 L10-2H B175
  2XL, TDE 9671 5262 1710 730 H1A ST142 J1524   B830
  3XL, TDE 9672 5263 1720 710 D4A ST163 J1526    
English Bait Hook or Kahle San Juan Worm 37160 205BL Barbless 1150     SH2200      
Egg Fly 3-5XS 9523 105 1510     E217      
    MUSTAD TIEMCO DAIICHI DAI-RIKI PARTRIDGE TALON ORVIS GAMAGATSU KAMASAN
Streamer 4XL, TDE 79580

9674

9395 2220 700   ST2224X JAO176 S114L2H B820
  6XL, TDE   300 2340   CS17 ST2346X J1511    
  8XL, TDE 94720       CS15        
Swimming Nymph 1XF, 3XL 80130BR 400T 1770   K6ST SN1770 J1512    
Shrimp/Scud & Caddis   80200BR

80250BR

2457

2487

1130

1140

135 K4A

K2B

C1130 J1639 C12 B100

 

As stated above, hook comparison charts are difficult to interpret and confusing to use. So I thought I would provide a second chart for your consideration. This chart comes compliments of Dan Bailey. It lists fewer hook manufacturers which might be a good thing. "Less might be more"

 

 

This 3rd hook chart is found in Hook & Hackle Canada catalogue, 2004. H&H markets hooks manufactured by several companies. For the last few years my commercial tying has been on Teck Twin hooks. These are a chemically sharpened high quality hook with low profile barbs that inflict less damage to trout and with dependable holding strength. As you can see the comparison made is mainly to Tiemco as well as a few Mustad hooks.

Comment:   The information in the above charts should give you a good idea of hook comparisons or thoroughly confuse you. Feel free to draw your own conclusions.

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