Fact is, I couldn’t imagine an improvement on the trusted Gammie SL12S Wide Gap hook. This hook, in sizes # 2, 1/0, and 2/0 has ben my number one choice for salmon clouser hooks for over a decade or so. The bend is perfect, the barb is perfect, the point is sharp, the wire is just right, and the eye is right sized too.
So what fly tying hook could be better than my old standby?
The same hook in a slightly shorter, slightly heavier wire, with the addition of a few sizes!
Yes, we now have access to the Gamakatsu SL12S 1X Short Big Game Wide Gap Hook in NS Black finish.
This hook is
* slightly shorter
* slightly heavier wire
* nickle silver black
* same eye
* same bend
* same small barb
* same proven hook and hold ability
AND — this hook series adds sizes 4 and 6 to the list of available sizes.
I’m pleased to see this hook available in stouter wire, and smaller sizes, especially for saltwater fly applications. This new heavy version of an already great hook will be especially effective on baitfish patterns that must swim true when retrieved at moderate to fast speeds. The heavier weight will keel the fly better than the lighter wire version of this hook style.
And yes, these hooks swim flies true and perform well in the water.
JN – summer 2018