Small: recommended hook sizes 6, 8; includes 10 skulls/pkg. Small-Medium: hook sizes 2, 4; includes 8 skulls/pkg. Medium: hook sizes 1, 2; includes 8 skulls/pkg. Large: hook sizes 2/0, 3/0; includes 6 skulls/pkg. (Skulls may fit hook sizes that are 1 size larger or smaller than recommended.)
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I use these for saltwater deceiver patterns in a variety of colors. I use the large size on 3/0 hooks and use a 9 wt. outfit to cast them(a 10 wt. might be even better). They sink like a rock and work great in deep water and fast currents. I secure them to the fly with Zap-A-Gap gel which provides a rock solid foundation and fills any gap between the thread and the head. I secure the eyes and front thread dam with regular Zap-A-Gap. I find that the color of the head wears off after limited use in the harsh surf environments I fish, but the head remains securely fastened after repeated whacks on sand and rocks and attacks by bluefish and stripers. A coat of epoxy or hard head cement might help--will have to try it. I like them!
These definitely add a new dimension to fly tying. while correct positioning is key, if you tie your fly upside down and position the head a directed you can get your fly to ride hook point up. Perfect for those deep weedy pools to prevent snagging...
Definitely an innovative product and with the new sculpin helments and articulated shanks, this small company is going to go places.
I bought these in the small silver version to try out on black-nosed dace and mickey finn's. They look much more realistic than the typical thread head. I can't wait for opening day to try them out. I will advise though when using these, they slip on from the eye after the fly is 'finished' so make sure you don't build up too much of a head and test fit them before gluing on with head cement or super glue.
I think they are a great product and I plan to buy the sculpin heads too.
This is one of those items you buy just because they look cool. Use them on any time tested patterns such as wooly buggers or on any new patterns. I like the idea of sliding on the head after you tie the fly rather than putting in on the hook first as you do with cones. These allow you to add weight and durability to any fly patters. Add these to regular deceivers and you have a great baitfish fly pattern.
Decided to try these for some articulated patterns and they are very effective for adding a lot of weight. They also look great. I've found them to be heavy for their size so keep in mind when ordering. As others have mentioned, make sure you test fit as you go as these do slide over the front of the hook.
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