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When I first started commercially fly tying in the 1970's, the only hooks available were either Eagle Claw or Mustad hooks from Norway. Tiemco introduced chemically sharpened hooks in the mid '80's. In 1987, I decided to give them a try and I've ended up continuing to use Tiemco almost exclusively for the past 22 years.
When buying and using fly tying hooks, a good fly tyer must consider the following, in order of priority:
Effective hook strength is really defined as a balancing act between bending and breaking. Some competitor's hooks don't ever break, but will bend in half with the merest thread tension on the vise. Other competitor's hooks won't bend, but will break upon simply flattening the barb on-stream. How many days, how many years, do we fly fish before encountering the ultimate fish-catching scenario, whatever it may be for each of us. Do we really want the rug pulled out from under that perfect moment by a bent or broken hook?
Tiemco has the best overall hook strength, sharpness and style availability of anything on the market. Everybody's been copying their hook styles for the past 10 years, and most everybody else has finally introduced a chemical sharpening process within the past 5 years.