Originally Posted by Obsessed
Angle of force is certainly something I had not considered. Do you find one style easier to use in different tying applications? do you feel one style of eye is easier to thread tippet through?
No and No... as long as it is tied proper, both are equal IMO. The angle of force has been big to me in all applications, not just fly hooks. Eagleclaw used to make their lasersharp treble hooks when they first came out with the tips turned in towards the eye of the hook. I was told by someone who is very reliable (haha) that they had to stop making them that way because of some patent from another company. I LOVED those hooks and still have a bunch on my favorite old school lures.
The new trend in fly hooks is the very rounded scud/czech hook, like the 2487 or for big stuff the 600sp. Search the internet and check out the way the point of the hook points directly at the eye... love that. The 2487 has a downed eye, and the 600sp has a straight eye, but both have a great line of force. Then look at the 2488, it is close, but has a different line of force that is not in line with the eye... Thus, I prefer the 2487 to the 2488.
All being said, it probably makes very little difference...I tend to overthink details sometimes but small things added up can make a difference.