If, like me, when you get to the river you want to make sure your flies are tied on high quality, rust-free hooks, that are up to the job, you should definitely check out the Fulling Mill Hook range. The rivers I fish up here in Scotland can throw up some big trout and grayling up to the elusive 3lb mark, so it’s needless to say that the hooks I use must stand up to the test.
A handful of friends and I have been using FM hooks exclusively on our local river Clyde and the rivers of the Czech Republic, where 100 fish a day, each, is the norm. Testing hooks is not only about it’s strength in the vice, but ensuring the hook point stays sharp after penetrating a good number of fish and withstanding the stress of hooking the bottom, foliage and other obstructions.
Of late, we’ve been using the new Fulling Mill Ultimate Dry Fly Hook, currently a firm favourite of mine since it’s introduction and a great substitute for the brilliant Tiemco 103BL.
Not only is the FM Ultimate Dry a superb hook for dry flies, but it is also the perfect length and strength for tying small nymphs. The fine hook point allows for impressive impalement on the take, with the turned up point giving a great hook hold.
My biggest trout of 2015 was over 4lbs in weight, caught from the river Clyde. The fish took a size 18 nymph tied on the Ultimate dry fly hook. Whilst in the Czech Republic, back in September, we fished size 20 nymphs to Rainbows, brooke and Brown trout and grayling, taking fish up to 2lbs without any problems what-so-ever.
The next time you venture out looking to land a fish of a lifetime, make sure you have the proper tools for the job – the Fulling Mill hook range is exactly that.