Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: To offset or not to offset....

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    198
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default To offset or not to offset....

    Hi guys

    I have been having a lot of success recently off setting my hooks to the left or right. Dropping far fewer fish. I find that for small nymphs, off setting the hook gives a huge advantage. I also off set my hooks when fishing for bass and carp as well as trout using streamer flies. I do not however off set my trout dry fly hooks.

    I have fished with a very competent fly fishing friend on a few trips now where I was hooking and landing more fish than him. On one trip I hooked 15 trout and landed 13. He hooked 10 and dropped 5. We where both using similar fly lines and flies.

    I could go on and on but I am definable convinced about the advantages. It is interesting that most hooks used in bait fishing are offset. As to causing the fly to swim weird, I have not found that it is too much of an issue.

    For shy biting fish like tilapia and mullet, off setting your hook point can really payoff....


    Any thoughts?

    offset.jpg
    May the fish be with you!!! www.seanmillsflyfishing.weebly.com

  2. Default

    Kamasan hooks have an offset out the factory, and some Partridge hooks too. There are also some Marinaro dry fly hooks that have an offset. I have the habit of offsetting mine in the vice before dropping them ja - been a habit for about 8 years, and I feel it does make a difference.
    Mario Geldenhuys
    Smallstream fanatic, plus I do some other things that I can't tell you about

    "All the tips or magical insights in the world can't replace devotion, dedication, commitment, and gumption - and there is not secret in that" - Glenn Brackett

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    9,042

    Default

    a simple experiment.
    take a hook with point in line, attached on a peice of mono, insert into a phone book or a pile of copier paper, between the sheets.
    The hook will not "set" in the paper.

    off set the hook and repeat, the hook immediately "sets" in the paper and dig deeper into the paper.
    an absolute MUST for me.
    Korrie Broos

    Don't go knocking on Death's door, ring the bell and run like hell. He hates it. (anon)
    Nymphing, adds depth to your fly fishing.
    Nymphing, is fly fishing in another dimension

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Free state
    Posts
    1,532

    Default

    I dont offset and cant say my drop rate is higher,although offset does make sense,especially on smaller flies.Gonna give it a bash

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Pretoria Gangsters Paradise
    Posts
    5,735

    Default

    Depends on the fishing, if the fish hits it hard, then offset isn't an issue, but I've found where fish mouth the fly softly it does help.
    "Hierdie drol het baie vlieŽ" - Ago 2014.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Gauteng
    Posts
    1,349

    Default

    Shhhh...

    Gary
    Flytyer - Where great flytying begins

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Jhb
    Posts
    47

    Default

    Nice to see you back on the forum Sean , always sharing.

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •