It sounds a bit like a new direction in modern, Scandinavian cuisine, but it’s not. It’s a new hook in our Nordic Series. Do they ever stop releasing new hook, you might think. Well, not in any foreseeable future. Nordic Series was the first line of hooks we released, so named to mark that we are a Danish hooks brand. Most of the hooks are intended and designed for saltwater fishing in Scandinavia, but most of them are very versatile and will fit a number of flies for all sorts of fishing.
The new hook, NS 105 D/E BL – short for Nordic Series Down Eye Barb Less. Catch and release is becoming more and more common and we support this trend. All of our FW-series come in both barbed and barbless versions. Catch and release has been normal when fishing for trout, grayling and salmon, but it’s also becoming more wide spread in saltwater sea trout fishing.
We’ve long wanted to release barbless hooks in the Nordic Series and we finally decided on this model, the NS 105. We call it a streamer, which it is, but it’s a “short streamer”. Definitely a shorter shank than our NS 118 Classic Streamer and also a slightly heavier wire gauge. This “somewhere-between-wet-fly-length-and-classic-streamer-length” makes it a quite versatile hook.
It does well on classic streamers (I had to tie a Mickey Finn as the first fly), but I’ve also used it for palmer flies, zonker flies and shrimp flies. It accommodates most styles.
As a streamer hook should be, we made it down eye, gave it a larger hook gape than the NS 118 and a slightly up-turned hook point, which ensures that it hooks the fish very well. And being barbless means you actually need less pressurre to hook fish. Yes, you might lose a few more fish, but you’ll also be able to release fish with greater ease and less harm to the fish. And there are places in the World, where barbless hooks are mandatory. All our hooks are well suited to have the barb squeezed down, but if you want to be absolutely sure that rules are kept, choose a barbless. You can risk that a barb is not fully flattened.
It comes in black nickel coating and in size 2-12.
We hope you like it as much as we do.
We have played with the new hook ourself, and here is a few of the flies from our vices.