Most of the keiryu fishing hooks in Japan are eyeless, so anglers must snell the hooks. Personally, I am more interested in ease of use than in being true to Japanese tradition.
I have pretty much settled on the Varivas 2300 Ultra Midge size 20 for my keiryu fishing. There are three things I like about the hook: 1. it has an eye, which makes it easier (for me) to tie it on the line, 2. it has a barb, which makes it easier to keep the worm on the hook, and 3, it is a very small hook and I think the fish don't even notice it until it is too late.
Red Wigglers are small worms, and I truly believe that is a major advantage over night crawlers. Trout are used to eating small things, and there is a much better chance that a trout, even a pretty small trout, can get the whole worm into its mouth if it is a small worm. If it gets the whole worm in its mouth, you can be sure it also has the hook in its mouth.
I hook the worm just once, crosswise, which allows each end to wiggle enticingly as it drifts down the stream.
Varivas 2300 Ultra Midge hooks, size 20
Box of 30 hooks - $7.50
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