Fulling Mill Jig Hook – Product Review
When it comes to fly fishing and fly tying we all want the best on the market. When fly tying, especially for jig type flies, I look no further than the Fulling Mill Jig Hook.
For me, before I started tying on them, there were a few unique selling points of the Fulling Mill Jig Hook.
#1 – Packaging
They come in a strong and neat flip lid box. I find these boxes great as they allow for easy storage as well as keeping your hooks all in one place when tying.
#2 – Quantity
You get 50 in a pack. This is a huge plus for me, as when you compare this to other hook companies, you’ll find that you get 20 or 25 in a pack for more money! At just £7.45 a pack they are great value.
#3 – Hook Strength
The first thing I thought when I first saw the Fulling Mill Jig Hook is that they would hold fish brilliantly. Featuring a 2x Heavy wire, they put up with a hell of a lot of stress from big fish or snags, other brands I have used often bend out quickly. I’m a firm believer that if you have confidence in the gear you’re using, you fish better!
#4 – Shape
In my eyes, the shape of this jig hook is perfect. The slightly upward point almost acts like a barb, keeping fish on the hook when jumping when being played. I have tried many other brand hooks with a straight point but find I lose a lot of fish, the claw point on these hooks have certainly upped my catch rate.
Available in size 8 to 18, you can tie any river nymph that you’ll ever need on this hook. If you’re on a budget, this is certainly the only hook I’d reach for.
I tie most of my barbless river flies on size 16 and 14 hooks. The Fulling Mill Jig Hook is also great for tying Perdigon nymphs, a bullet type fly that sinks incredibly fast, perfect for getting the flies down into the deep holes where the bigger fish hang out. You could also open to door to streamer and stonefly patterns on the bigger sized hooks.
I get many messages from beginners about what size slotted tungsten beads they should use based on the hook size. Based on the Jig Force and the sizes I personally use most, I match them with the following sizes:
Size 18 Jig Hook – 2.5mm
Size 16 Jig Hook – 3.0mm
Size 14 Jig Hook– 3.5mm
All in all, the Fulling Mill Jig Hook has fast become my go-to barbless jig hook. They simply do what they say on the box, raise the game.