Re-Thinking the Gamakatsu SC15 for Striper Flies

For years, I’ve been using the Gamakatsu SC15 on smaller patterns like baitfish and clam worms. No issues until a couple weeks ago on Block. I was dead-drifting a team of three, when bang! It was an unusual hit for this type of fishing; the takes are usually a subtle pull or a building sensation of weight. When I retrieved the fly from mouth — the fish wasn’t that big, maybe 22″ — I was shocked to see the opening bend in the hook from that hit. I’m wondering if it’s one-off randomness or a recipe for disaster on a bigger fish. I’ll let you know…

I like the Gamakatsu SC15 size 2 for this smaller baitfish profile. The hooks are light, with a short shank, wide gap, tin plating, and they’re sticky, sticky sharp, critical for this type of light-take or quick-bump-and-set fishing. As you can see, the bottom hook experienced significant failure. I used the same hook in a 2/0 without incident.

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15 comments on “Re-Thinking the Gamakatsu SC15 for Striper Flies

  1. Bruce Bartrug says:

    The SC15 comes in two strengths, one a 2x hard. Wonder which you were using in size 2 on Block Island, as I also tie eel/silversides patterns on a size 1, same hook.

  2. rich rubin says:

    Check out moonlit barbless hooks

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    • Steve Culton says:

      Those look to be geared toward much smaller (trout) flies. But thanks for the suggestion.

      • Bruce Bartrug says:

        Mustad makes a 1x short tarpon hook, #C68SNPDT that is 2x strong, sized 6 to 6/0.

        Sorry I steered you wrong on the SC-15 2h hooks…..I had ordered the 3/0 recently and didn’t check to see if there were smaller sized.

        The Daiichi 2546 isn’t short shank, but does come 2, 1, 1/0. It’s not labeled as 2H that I could see, but it is a chunky hook.

        All best,

  3. William A Giokas says:

    Check out VARIVAS 2600ST-V hooks . Excellent hook . If they’re good enough on tarpon they are good enough on trout.

  4. Bruce says:

    Mustad makes a 1x short tarpon hook, #C68SNPDT that is 2x strong, sized 6 to 6/0.

    Sorry I steered you wrong on the SC-15 2h hooks…..I had ordered the 3/0 recently and didn’t check to see if there were smaller sized.

    The Daiichi 2546 isn’t short shank, but does come 2, 1, 1/0. It’s not labeled as 2H that I could see, but it is a chunky hook.

    All best,

  5. jerry kells says:

    what about the Eagle Claw L253

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