- They allow you to change your hook without changing your fly.
- They allow you to fish a big fly without fishing a hook with a long shank, which helps you land more fish.
- They allow you to change the positioning of the hook relative to the fly.
Today Tom Larimer gives us a lesson in how he rigs stinger hooks with tube flies. Tom likes using an actual loop-to-loop connection between the leader and the eye of hook, rather than tying a knot to the eye of the hook.
NOTE: If you’re viewing this in a newsletter or a reader, click here to learn how to rig stinger hooks on YouTube.
Here’s the summary.
- The right size tubing is important - Eumer in small or Frodin in extra small.
- Pass the tube onto the leader. Tie a non-slip mono loop without the hook, leaving a loop an inch long or so, depending on the size of the fly.
- For steelhead, use a size 2 Gamakatsu or Owner SSW.
- Put the loop through the eye of the hook and pass it over the bend – loop to loop with the hook.
- Pull the knot into the junction tubing and point the hook up or down depending on the run that you’re fishing.