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Sakasa Kebari on circle hooks are effective

by CM

I wanted to share a hook to consider to help prevent deep hooking when using tenkara, keiryu, and seiryu rods.

Try using circle hooks for your wet and dry flies.

I tied a couple Sakasa Kebari on size 8 circle hooks and fished using Seaguar Invizx fluourocarbon line as the main line with 7x tippet. I used both a Suntech Field Master 39 and a Nissin Air Stage 240 with this setup.

I caught a number of panfish in the 4-6 inch range. All of them were lip hooked. None of them required actively setting the hook. There were no long distance releases. Every fish that committed to taking the fly was hooked and brought in. With the barb crushed down releasing the fish was easy and quick with minimal fish handling required.

To be effective circle hooks require that the angler NOT set the hook. The hook is set when the fish takes the fly/bait, turns and runs.

This means that when using a Sakasa Kebari style fly (or Killer Bugger, Utah Bugger, etc) is that you don't need to worry about using (or watching) strike indicators.

Currently the only brand of circle hook I have been able to find in a wide variety of sizes is Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp L702 series. They are made in sizes 14 - 5/0 and can be found on-line if your local store does not stock them.

Remember to crush the barb.


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Oct 31, 2014
by: Mark K

Eagle Claw also has the L787 Circle available in small sizes which has a slightly different shape than the L702.

Mar 21, 2015
Circle hooks endorsement
by: Arthur Strauss

I'm tying all my saltwater flies on circle hooks - most tournament professionals do the same. I'll try tenkara style flies and see how it goes.

Apr 18, 2015
Continued success
by: CM

I continue to have good success with Kebari flies tied onto circle hooks. I have not had a deep hooked fish since making the change.

Remember, one of the keys to success is to not actively try and set the hook. Let the fish set the hook.

Depending on the species there are times a fish may not get hooked the first time, but I've found that they come back and go for the fly gain.

Because these hooks have more of a curve to them small curved hemostats (like the ones Chris sells here) or curved needle nose bead pliers are a help with hook removal.

Jun 29, 2015
by: Terry Farmer

I'm hooked on circle hooks. My son and I used them today for the first time cat fishing. Cats are notorious for swallowing the hook and bait. Today all the fish (about 10) were hooked in the lip. Circle hooks rule!

Mar 13, 2017
try the Mustad
by: billp

Mustad makes a Demon Circle down to size 12 and it's a great hook.

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