In Depth Review of New Daiichi Scud Hooks

J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Paul Shurtleff, Springville UT, You can find Paul @: www.instagram.com/insectinside/, www.facebook.com/pauliescustomflies

In this article J.Stockard Pro Paul Shurtleff reviews a new series of Daiichi Scud Hooks. Here are the links to each model and you can read Paul’s analysis below.

1924 Barbless Scud Fly Hook – matte green
1925 Barbless Scud Fly Hook – matte brown
1928 Barbless Scud Fly Hook – matte gray
1929 Barbless Scud Fly Hook – matte black

I’ve fully tested all of the new sample hooks sent to me. What I’ve discovered is that these hooks are VERY STRONG! They do not want to bend at all and they are NOT brittle either. They are reluctant to bend but will bend (under extreme pressure) instead of instantly breaking off. I tested 1 hook from each pack of each color and stress tested each hook color to the breaking point. What I discovered is that there is NO difference (that I detected) in strength between colors either. This is not a thorough test since each color of sample hooks received was in a different size. However, from what I could tell, comparable companies hooks in the same size ranges proved to be fairly equal as far as strength goes. I am quite impressed with the strength. What I did notice is that whatever coating Daiichi puts on these hooks makes them VERY SLICK! They’re almost dangerously slick… so much so that 2 of the sample size hooks survived the “Nano Silk” test (where I break a hook in my vise with Semperfli’s Nano Silk Thread) and I had 2 hooks slip out of the jaws of my Regal during stress testing making a horrible snap sending a cold chill down my spine! I have never had a hook pop out of the jaws of my Regal before up until stress testing these hooks, I am quite impressed with the strength to say the least. In fact, that’s one thing I’m going to caution for consumers and a recommendation for Daiichi for production packaging. These hooks are extremely slick: They can and will slip out of the jaws of vices under heavy pressure. That could be due to the stainless jaws of my Regal (which are slick anyway) but it should be something to caution anyway in my opinion.
Tying on these hooks was great. As mentioned before, scud style hooks are typically not my first choice to use but they were great to tie on. Tying on these hooks was like tying on any other hook with the exception of there being very little hook flex under thread pressure like there is on other similar hooks. I understand that these hooks are heavy wire extra strong hooks but it’s still something worthy of noting. Because of the coating and next to zero hook flex, that’s where the caution of the hook popping out of the vise comes in. Having a hook pop out of the vise can cause damage and chipping of vise jaws (not to mention a sharp projectile potentially flying across a room!) so again, something to caution. However, the slick coating of these hooks didn’t cause any issues while tying, the thread stuck on pretty good actually and I had zero material roll with a light thread base. I’m not sure whether that same thing would happen if there wasn’t a thread base, I’m just saying that I didn’t have any issues that way.

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The Story of Ahrex

Written by Lars Christian Bentsen of Ahrex.
Follow Ahrex on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/ahrexhooks/

It might sound a bit pretentious for a company as young as Ahrex to tell it’s story now, but we get a lot of questions on when, how, where, why and who when we’re on shows and from retailers and distributors. And prompted by J. Stockard, I decided to ask Søren and Morten some of these questions and let them tell the story.

Let’s get the “who” done with first. Who are Ahrex? I’ll do the introductions, because Søren and Morten are to modest to say anything nice about themselves. Ahrex consists of Søren Flarup, who’s the managing director of the company.

Soren

Søren has a professional background in graphic design, so he’s also in charge of the company’s visual identity and brand design. And most importantly – he does all the technical drawing and computer work when it comes to the fly hook design. At the moment, Søren’s fly fishing passion is tropical fishing for bonefish, tarpon, tuna, barracuda etc.

Morten

Morten is in charge of sales and social media. Morten’s background is fishing, originally as a salesclerk in a small tackle shop, and after that co-owner of one of Europe’s largest fly tying wholesale businesses for 24 years until it was sold last year. Morten has also published several fly tying and fly fishing books, both as author and as a publisher. For a number of years Morten also wrote numerous articles, and is one of Scandinavia’s leading fly fishing photographers. Morten is considered a pioneer in fly fishing for pike in Scandinavia.

I suppose it’s needless to say that both are avid fly fishermen and excellent fly tiers. Morten’s brother, Henrik, is also involved in Ahrex – he takes care of accounting, stock and basically tries (as much as it’s possible) to keep Søren and Morten in check.

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New! AHREX Hooks

53500New at J Stockard! Ahrex Hooks have their roots in the Scandinavian fly-fishing tradition. These anglers and the waters they fish have inspired the company to create hooks made without compromise. Though designed by Scandinavian fly-fishermen, Ahrex hooks are now fished all over the world. Here at J Stockard we are now offering a broad range of Ahrex hooks:

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