Hook Porn

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catskilljohn
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Re: Hook Porn

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This is a great post, and I was compelled to take a picture of some of my dry fly hook collection. Not pictured are around 40 boxes of the "working set" of hooks I carry around in the travel kit.

It really is a disease, this hook collecting thing. There are so many hook numbers I never heard of until you stumble on them while searching around. Sadly I only have a few of the odd numbered Mustad hooks, but fortunately in the "good" sizes.

Pictured are only dry fly hooks, nothing newer that 1980, and some dating back to the early 1900's. The long box on the bottom are sizes 10 -28, regular wire, fine wire, up and down eyes, short and long shanks...but all dry fly.

Upper left are Allcocks and Bergman's, 10's to 18's, the only sizes I look for in the rarer hooks. Some Sealy's mixed in, and some odd old stuff too.

I suppose I have about 75% of this in wet fly and streamer hooks, some of the wet fly packages going way back to the Christiana Norway days of hook making...no eyes on those! All odd numbered too, jappaned and gorgeous.

Salmon hooks are another thing all together. My pride and joy are the low water irons, some as big as 10/0 and 5 inches long, but the smaller ones in #4's and #2's from England are just so beautiful, with the sexiest bends and glass smooth finish.

Great stuff here from you guys. keep it going! CJ
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Re: Hook Porn

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catskilljohn wrote:T
It really is a disease, this hook collecting thing.
Yeah, You have it pretty bad--terminal, I dare say. Not only that, you have your disease better organized and most of the rest of us. Your Mustads are impressively lined up--.

I'm curious about the Bergmans, as I only have a couple, and never looked at them very closely: who made them? What's the difference between the Blue and Red label hooks? What makes them so compelling except, perhaps, their scarcity? Well, OK, the Bergman connection matters too, I am sure.

Meanwhile, there must be some more closet hook collectors out there--I'd love to see some less common hooks, so please post more photos--

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Re: Hook Porn

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Great post, cj !
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catskilljohn
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Re: Hook Porn

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BB,
I am still gathering knowledge on the Bergman hooks. There was a time some years ago I thought I had them figured out but with each box I acquire a new wrinkle appears.
One thing that seems "standard" is that they were made in Reddich England. As you know that was a pretty popular hook making area back then, so I can't specify what manufacturer exactly produced them. I have a few boxes that were "relabeled" as in, they had a sticker on them but a Bergman label was stuck on over the original one. I don't have the guts to remove it to see what's underneath.
I can tell you that of the Nyack brand hooks I have, the gold box are long shank (maybe 1X) and very fine wire, a perfect dry fly hook. My blue labels are all standard wire, and perfect bend. I only have 3 red labels and they too are fine wire, standard length but the barb and point are different than the gold box hooks. My stash is not great enough for a definite authentication of the hook styles that came in the various boxes, and since around half of my boxes were not virgin when I got them I can't be sure what I have is even correct in those boxes. Rest assured though, the new boxes I have are unused. CJ

Ps... I use the desiccant bags in my hook boxes too.
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ted patlen
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Re: Hook Porn

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Bergman's hook were manufactured by a firm called "Martinez and Byrd"...not sure of the spelling of Bryd.

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CJ is a terrible friend, he will get you turned onto hooks like a pusher for dope. Saying that I just traded some Mustad 9672' for a partial box of Allcock sneck bend hooks. In my mind I don't think the guy knew what he had. :)

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Re: Hook Porn

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Alright you guys,

All this hook porn talk is making it hard to get anything done this morning! Now that Narco has chimed in, I guess this type of porn is not a Federal offense.. :lol:

Anyhow, here is a part of my collection, including my one and only box of Allcocks, which I was only too happy to take off the hands of one of our fine members here on SGM at the SummerFest last August at the CFFCM!! :)

I like keeping mine in wooden cigar boxes to keep the moisture away. My first line of rust defense is a dehumidifier however, since these babies are in my cave in the basement!
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bearbutt
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Re: Hook Porn

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Wow, Rick--nice stash.

What's up with all these cigar boxes?--You guys smoke a lot, it seems?

I'll add a few more pics here--steelhead hooks.

My favorite version of the fall favorite is tied on a mustad 3908C in size 2, 4, 6. These are nickel-plated hooks. It's a west coast pattern, but works really well here in the mid-west. Allcock mde a similar hook, a little longer with a little less gape.


Nickeled steelhead hooks:

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Mustad 3908c

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Theroe
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Re: Hook Porn

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quadfish bb nice posts, gentlemen..... The cigar boxes are indicative of stage 4.5 of hook hoarding/terminal illness....this is the step before you dump EVERYthing out of your Gerstner Machinist Chest, and fill with hooks. Ted, however is in stage 6......everything overflowed, so he BAGGED every box, and FILLED large storage bins !!

Will we ever use all of our acquired treasures? or will the wife sell the remnants at a garage sale, after our "friends" have picked out the choice bits.....?

Lovely work - this thread has expanded even better than I anticipated......
BTW - does anyone else have or use any VMC hooks(see original post)

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narcodog
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VMC, I do have some and I have used them. I also gave some away which I wish I hadn't, they are nice hook.IMO

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