When selecting a hook upon which to tie a fly, or buying the fly from a shop, be particular as to how the hook was made and who made it. Some anglers skimp on hooks trying to save some money but let’s face it, the hook is the connector between the angler and the fish-do you want to save a few pennies and chance a questionable hookup, or, no hookup at all? At Table Rock Angler, we strongly recommend chemically sharpened hooks, especially those made in Japan. A hook may feel sharp, look sharp, and may pierce your skin easily, but are there flaws that one cannot see? We have electron microscope evidence to prove that Daiichi hooks are the world’s sharpest hooks. While all hooks will show a certain amount of scratches and minor flaws in the point under high magnification, Daiichi has consistently produced the sharpest points. A little test: The hook should feel “sticky sharp” to the touch and should dig into a fingernail and stop when only applying light pressure and a dragging motion. Hooks do become dull from corrosion (more on this in next month’s tip), handling, snagging rocks, and piercing jaws of fish. Here in the shop we can show you how to properly sharpen a hook on an inexpensive ceramic hone.