A totally radical new hook! The matte finish is Nano Smooth Coat, a coating that is slick, virtually frictionless and reduces resistance which enhances hook penetration. The R18-B is a true barbless hook. That is, it was designed from point to eye as a barbless hook, not just a hook that has the barb removed. That's why the unique shape of the R18-B. The "R" refers to "retainer bend" which holds hooked fish significantly better than conventional round bend style hooks.
Beyond design is strength. The R18-B is made from 2X heavy Gamakatsu wire that's ideal for use with big fish. Anglers fishing big trout in tailrace fisheries using small flies have asked for a heavier wire hook and Gamakatsu answered with the R18-B. But make no mistake about it, this is a multi-use, multi-species barbless fly hook that will surely find its way into hundreds of fisheries and millions of fly boxes.
Using similar techniques as with Nano Silk we extruded thin Polyester strands which were then slightly twisted and had a light amount of wax added to them. The amount of wax added has been specifically applied after consultations with top Professional Fly Tyers.
With the lightly twisted strands this allows the thread to both lay flat and split easier than other threads on the market. Having reviewed the market offerings we also added 8/0 to the range and included fluorescent colors along with the traditional colors desired.
A totally radical new hook! The R10-B is a true barbless hook. That is, it was designed from point to eye as a barbless hook, not just a hook that has the barb removed. That's why the unique shape of the R10-B. The "R" refers to "retainer bend" which holds hooked fish significantly better than conventional round bend style hooks.
An incredible hook for dry flies, you can rest assured that fish will get hooked and stay hooked.
The R-19 Retainer Bend Barbless utilizes a customized bend that holds fish tight and offers a revolutionary advancement in true barbless hook design. The barbless design makes it easier to release fish and conforms to the catch and release ethic and conservational model of many fishing streams. A nano smooth coating and razor-sharp hook point reduce resistance, creating more penetrating power and a seriously effective hookset.
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