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Old 07-17-2009, 09:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently picked up some Dai-Riki bronze colored hooks in sizes 10, 12, and 14 for tying small buggers and larger nymphs.

The don't seem to be particularly sharp and I'm not really sure I want to be tying on bronze colored hooks.

What do you guys know about these hooks? Should I try to take them back? Should I just suffer? I picked up 150 hooks (50 of each size) so I'll be stuck for a while if I keep them.
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Old 07-17-2009, 09:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Dia-Riki hooks are good hooks. Some people may disagree, but...

The color of the hook really doesn't matter. Remember, the goal is to fool an animal with a pea sized brain. Why would they eat a mayfly and seconds later eat our imiation with a piece of metal sticking out the rear end? Remember also that these same fish can be caught using flies tied with bronze hooks, red hooks, cheese, marshmallows, and corn and sometimes even powerbait. Keep the hooks and use them. There is nothing wrong with them.

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Old 07-17-2009, 09:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If your interested in ordering on-line, check out flyshack.com and the Saber hooks, I put in a massive order for myself, Baja and my dad. Those hooks are super sharp, not at all brittle and an excellent price. The 100 count hooks are cheap, 7 cents a piece, which is far cheaper than you probably paid for those dai-rikis. 6.99 per 100, and free shipping on orders over $35. If you don't like them, the company will take all un-used hooks back for a full refund.
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Thanks for the "hook" up KK!!! Dang I am funny!
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I love the price on Dai-Riki hooks and they seem to hold up pretty well. Sometimes they aren't all that sharp, so I keep a hook sharpener handy. I'd way rather use Tiemcio, or Partridge (or Gakamatsu or Daiichi) but those things are way too pricey, so I usually end up with Mustads and Dai-Riki's. They all seem to catch and hold fish pretty well.
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I have had problems with them breaking between the barb and the bend of the hook when trying to de barb them, but other than that they seem to be decent hooks. I would highly recomend Daiichi or Tiemco though, IMO they are the best. They stay sharp for a long time (they are always super sharp, no inconsistencies like with the dai-rikis) and they are also very strong.
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Old 07-17-2009, 11:08 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I have some. Haven't really noticed a 'sharpness' issue. Don't use a lot of them though. Have only used a few sizes and most of them have been fairly small (14 or smaller). Thanks for the tip on the Saber hooks though. I'll check in to that.
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I typically use Mustads b/c they seem to be lower priced, yet reliable.

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I typically use Mustads b/c they seem to be lower priced, yet reliable.

Sabers are lower priced and leagues ahead of mustad hooks.
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I typically use Mustads b/c they seem to be lower priced, yet reliable.

Sabers are lower priced and leagues ahead of mustad hooks.
Leagues ahead of Mustad? Color me dubious. I would hesitate to call Partridge hooks leagues ahead of Mustad, they both do pretty much the same thing and do it pretty well.
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