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    Yesterday for the first time I fished against someone, my first Vaal River champs match and I took my new fly box with. In my new fly box all of my flies are tied on Dohiku hook because I thought if I am gonna fish competition, then obviously all my flies need to be barbless, so I tied +- 300 new flies. To my suprise while fighting fish, not snagging the bottom I bent open six hooks losing six fish and literally costing me the day. I started to fish competitively to learn more and I said to myself my goal is to learn something new every time I fish. Well yesterday I learnt maybe Dohiku hooks are fine for small trout but when it comes to fishing for yellows they are the worst hooks I have ever used and I have used some crap hooks before.So today I need to go out and buy new hooks and retie a whole new fly box (luckily I like tying flies) with hooks that I can fish with confidence. Has anyone else had this experience with Dohiku hooks before or did I just get a bad batch?

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    Dohiku are fine, but with flies for Yellows in general you always want to find either the 2X or 4X heavy variants or a particular hook.

    Light wire "Trout" hooks are a bad idea for SM in the rapids, especially when fishing competitively and minimizing time on the fight is essential.
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    Mark
    Hanak make ideal hooks for yellows
    StreamX, Wildly & Winelands FF stock them.
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    Just don't use the Hanak Superb jig hooks for yellows. It brings a whole new meaning to the term "straightened hook"
    An honest fisherman is a pretty uninteresting person.

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    check out fulling mill hooks . they are the business

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark.f View Post
    yesterday I learnt maybe Dohiku hooks are the worst hooks I have ever used
    Good lesson to learn on your 1st outing then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark.f View Post
    Yesterday for the first time I fished against someone, my first Vaal River champs match and I took my new fly box with. In my new fly box all of my flies are tied on Dohiku hook because I thought if I am gonna fish competition, then obviously all my flies need to be barbless, so I tied +- 300 new flies. To my suprise while fighting fish, not snagging the bottom I bent open six hooks losing six fish and literally costing me the day. I started to fish competitively to learn more and I said to myself my goal is to learn something new every time I fish. Well yesterday I learnt maybe Dohiku hooks are fine for small trout but when it comes to fishing for yellows they are the worst hooks I have ever used and I have used some crap hooks before.So today I need to go out and buy new hooks and retie a whole new fly box (luckily I like tying flies) with hooks that I can fish with confidence. Has anyone else had this experience with Dohiku hooks before or did I just get a bad batch?
    Mark - What MODEL Dohiku did you use for your nymphs? This makes a BIG difference.

    I use the appropriate hooks for my fishing from Dohiku, Hanak, Hends, Knapek & Fulling Mill - but I have tested the hooks I use in great detail and know which model/sizes are good for both trout (river & stream), as well as smallmouth yellows.

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    Mario, you a big fan of Dohiku hooks?

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    Gary I am not sure of the exact model hooks that I have cause when I buy hooks I take them out their packaging and put them in trays so I can't even check. When I started tying with Dohiku hooks I went on to a local web site and bough all the model Dohiku hooks they sold. Anyway I went and bought new hooks today made of a thicker wire to tie new flies for catching yellows in the Vaal and I will just keep the Dohiku hooks and flies for when I go target smaller fish, so good lesson learned this weekend.

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    I have had the same thing happen to me when fishing nymphs on dohiku 302 hooks. This was fishing for brown trout on the mooi river, susequently losing a good fish as a result, could have been a bad batch of hooks? Subsequently in the search for the best hook I have settled on hanak. I find they hold their points well, come in a great range of different sizes and I haven't had one bend open, despite catching decent size fish on small drys and nymphs. Just my two cents.

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