sorry, but those are the ones i use and like. im sure some hooks are better than i posted for puting an edge on them, but owner and Gamakatsu are fishable right out of the package, also my Dad likes eagle claws for bobber fishing
I recently bought a bunch of pre-tied 2-hook steelhead drift/boondogging rigs. The hooks are #4 Vision. In one morning of boondogging this week I straightened 4 hooks without once breaking the line --- 8 lb. Ultragreen Maxima.
In the last 3 years of drifting and boondogging Owner hooks, hundreds of rigs, I have never straightened a single hook.
being a vision dealer my vote is one sided owner and gamis. are good hooks but touch a rock and your done the new visions are sharp as any hook out there and and they dont have a cutting point so they wont tear through the skin send a email to me if you cant find any
I have been trying out Mustad Ultra Point hooks for steelies. They seem to keep from having the point 'roll over' when the hook hangs up on a rock. Its difficult to say which is more sharp out of the box, but the fish don't seem to care. For bigger hooks (1/0-6/0) I exclusively use Gami's. :wink:
all my lures have owners hooks on them......when bobber and egg fishing i use owners....
but when drift fishing for steelies i use laser sharp eagle claws.......they have a nice point on them and are much cheaper for banging a few rocks.....i dont feel so bad dropping 10-15 hooks on snags if i can get a good hookset and save money
For octopus hooks I've started using the VMC bronze hooks. They take an edge redily and are quite cheap. My plugs all sport Owner cutting point trebles though. If a fish looks at one funny, they're hooked.