Hook Comparison Chart

by Roman Scharabun

Hook comparison charts are at best fickle or at worst too confusing and inaccurate to use. It is critical to remember that this chart does in no way list equivalent hooks but attempts to list hooks based on similar applications. Far too many variables exist today to compare hooks in any other way. Even with this in mind individuals will undoubtably find comparisons that they will disagree with. Much of the variation that exists is mainly due to the fact that little, if any, standardization exists today within the hook manufacturing fraternity. A clear example is a hook labeled as 4 XF on the Redditch scale is comparable to the same hook listed as 1-2 XF on the Mustad scale. In addition to that, steel quality will cause shank diameter to vary causing the above scales to be further skewed.

A careful read of both Stewart’s Hook Book and Martin’s Micropatterns would go a long way to helping the fly tier in understanding the subtleties of hook manufacture and classification. I am indebted to these authors for advancing my personal understanding of hook evolution and manufacturing.

When accessing hooks of like application an attempt was made to correlate the Redditch scale to the Mustad scale based on physical dimensions such as shank wire diameter and length, hook weight and in some cases hook gape. Though it required several months to complete this chart it is very possible that a hook model has been missed and not listed appropriately. Should this be the case be assured that it was not an intentional omission. Finally, I believe hook charts of this type will soon disappear. This will be due to the fact that fly tiers will align themselves with a favorite hook manufacturer and comparisons will only serve an academic interest. Most major manufacturers already ensure they produce specialized hooks produced by their competition.

Hook Comparison Chart
Style Comments Mustad Tiemco Daiichi Dai-riki Partridge Talon Orvis Gamakatsu Kamasan
DRY FLY Standard 1XF, Down-eye 94840 5210 1170 1180 305 L2A
E1A (1XL)
D1310 J1876 P10 B401
1XF Straight-eye 94859 101 1110 310     J4641    
1XF, Up-eye 94842 500U
(1XS)
1330
(1XS)
  L3B     S10-U  
1XF Barbless 94845 900BL 1190   L3AY D1190 J1877 S10-B  
1XF Wide Gape 80000BR 100 1100   L3A   J4864 S10  
3XF, Down-eye 94833 5230     L4A D1130   S10-3F  
1XF, 1-2XS (Parachute) 94838 921 1640
1310
  E6A J1509     B410
1XF, 2XL (Hopper) 94831 5212 1280 300 H1A   J1638 P10-2L1H  
1XF Cont. Curve 80050BR 2312
200R
1270 270 K12ST ST163C J1510   B220
WET FLY / NYMPH Standard 1XL
Down-eye
3906
3906B
9300
3769
1550
1560
060
070
G3A W1100
W1100X
J1641 L10-2H B175
2XL, Down-eye 9671 5262 1710 730 H1A ST142 J1524   B830
3XL, Down-eye 9672 5263 1720 710 D4A ST163 J1526    
ENGLISH BAIT HOOK San Juan Worm 37160 205BL (Barbless) 1150     SH2200      
EGG FLY 3-5XS 9523 105 1510     E217      
STREAMER 4XL, Down-eye 79580
9674
9395 2220 700   ST2224X JA0176 S11-4L2H B820
6XL, Down-eye   300 2340   CS17 ST2346X J1511    
8XL, Down-eye 94720       CS15        
SWIMMING NYMPH 1XF
3XL
80150BR 400T 1770   K6ST SN1770 J1512    
SHRIMP / SCUD & CADDIS   80200BR
80250BR
2457
2487
1130
1140
135 K4A
K2B
C1130 J1639 C12 B100

Legend
XF Extra Fine
XL Extra Long
XS Extra Short

Copyright © Roman Scharabun 1997