Since coming on with Fulling Mill, I’ve had plenty of time to sift through the large collection of hooks that we stock here at our NH office. From barbless to barbed, black nickel finished, bronzed and Teflon hooks, micro jigs, carp hooks and dainty dry fly hooks… (phew)… We have most of the bases covered. One of my favourite hooks of late has to be the FM1160 – The Fulling Mill Super Grub Hook.
About the FM1160: The Super Grub Hook is a very versatile hook for both river and lake fishing. It has a standard gauge wire suitable for both dry flies and nymph patterns. With this style of hook you can tie patterns from klinkhammers and shuttlecocks to buzzers and Czech Nymphs. Continuous bend, down eye, standard shank, forged, reversed, bronzed.
This lovely little grub hook has become my go-to when tying caddis larva, freshwater shrimp and beefy Czech Nymph grub patterns. What sets this hook apart from what people are accustomed to when hearing or seeing the “1160” model number are a couple of things. The offset point, which I believe is a killer addition to this hook, is an added bonus when it comes to fish retention. The shank on this model is slightly shorter and the wire gauge feels just a bit heavier so, if you unexpectedly hook into that fish of a lifetime you’ll be well prepared for the situation!
This hook also sports a micro barb for those who wish to fish a barbed hook. And since it’s high quality Japanese carbon steel, the barb can be flatted without any concern of it fracturing and causing a harmful edge that may injure fish.