There are two key benefits to Jig hooks in fly fishing. First the hook rides point-up creating fewer tendencies for a fly to get caught on the river bottom ensuring longer snag-free drifts. Second is how this hook penetrates a fish’s mouth. Jig hooks consistently penetrate in the upper jawline of a fish, helping to control the fish because this portion of the fish’s mouth does not move independent from the body. Additionally, there is less impact on the fish as the hinged lower jaw is not being pulled in unnatural directions during the fight.
These beneficial characteristics of the 403BLJ not only help the competitive angler, ultimately they help all nymph fishermen find greater success in their hooking and landing abilities. In the U.S. many more anglers nymph fish than dry fly fish, so the introduction of a competition proven design will quickly take hold with general fishermen as they will find the same benefits in their fishing. I also believe this hook will find great success in the United States as fly tyers are always looking for new tying methods and new materials. Hooks offer the fly tyer a blank canvas to create unique little masterpieces; however, current styles start to limit this creative process. With the introduction of a hook that rides point-up along with the addition of a slotted bead, the look and feel of these new flies will create a new category ensuring the creative process of fly design continues to grow for years to come.
~Riley Cotter - Umpqua Employee and Team Fly Fishing Colorado Member