It can come as no surprise that at Ahrex, we like hooks. In fact we like them so much that we’ve made it our livelihood. Which of course is made possible by the fact that you basically need a hook to land a fish on a rod (apart maybe from a garfish, which you can actually land with a piece of yarn, but that’s a different story).
We make fly hooks – hooks designed specifically to tie flies on, and that’s of course because we love fly fishing and flies. But the paradox is that you can actually tie a fly without using a hook – a tube fly that is, and let’s not dive into a philosophical discussion of whether a tube fly is a fly before it’s equipped with a hook or not.
Tube flies offer some possibilities that hook flies don’t, one of them being that you don’t have to decide on which hook to use before you actually tie the fly. We offer trebles, doubles and singles designed specifically for tube flies. That gives you the freedom to fish on river systems where only single barbless hooks are allowed (we have one of those for tubes as well) and use the same tube fly in for instance Norway, where you’re allowed to use doubles or trebles. This of course has the added benefit that you can also put on a new hook if you break on a rock in a bad back cast, and it also allows you to use some of the modern ways of rigging a tube fly and a treble (Claus Eriksen shows an “angle rig” in Sea Trout Secrets 8 – check www.wideopen.dk).
You can find the tubefly-hooks in our Home Run-series here – if you like tube flies (and we do too) take a look at the HR 430, HR 431, HR 440 and HR 450. These are the single (barbed and barbless), double and treble hook in our line up.