Hook Sizes

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Hook Sizes

Postby John Lea » Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:35 pm

I have tied trout flies for years and am now starting to tie bass flies but I am not sure what the size range in hooks are appropriate for shoal bass, large mouth and stripers. I am assuming that even my large trout hooks might not be large enough, at least in the gape.

Any advice is appreciated.
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Re: Hook Sizes

Postby nielson » Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:21 pm

Probably not even close.
I'd go with nothing smaller than a size 6. Size 4 is a good size if all you're using is a 6wt. If you are using as 7 wt, you can go up to size 1 bugs if need be.
While you can catch bass on bugs tied smaller than sz 4, you'll have better luck with flies tied on 4 and up

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Re: Hook Sizes

Postby John Lea » Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:32 am

Thanks. Size 4 will be my minimum then.

How about for white/silver bass? (Not sure what they are called in Georgia.) I have a very vague memory that they have smaller mouths. And aren't they running soon?
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Re: Hook Sizes

Postby nielson » Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:06 am

I know very little about White Bass and their cousins, Hybrids and Striped Bass, except they are very popular fish to chase here in Georgia. Their mouths aren't that small and I'm sure they can handle size 4+ baits. I'm also sure that baitfish imitations are the go to baits for them.

Should be some guys here that can add to, confirm or correct the info above. Good luck, Jim
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Re: Hook Sizes

Postby Blackwater » Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:21 am

The white bass should be beginning their spawning run soon and stck up in rivers above resovoirs. Size 4 will work just fine for them.
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Re: Hook Sizes

Postby nokinrocks » Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:46 pm

This is one caught on a suspended clouser, I believe it was a # 4 hook.

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Re: Hook Sizes

Postby John Lea » Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:09 pm

Thanks, all. Last fall with this in mind I bought some 3/0 & 4/0. That might be overkill.
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