Firehole Sticks - New For 2020!


Deb and I are pleased to be able to bring you five new hooks for 2020 along with two new & unique articulated shanks and a standard straight shank! Each of them are described below along with their descriptions and an image on a 1/2" grid for physical size reference. AS1 & AS2, the new articulated shanks, also have some additional photos to show their features.

All of these can be found on the newly revised Firehole Sticks ordering page.

I encourage you to click on any image for a larger slideshow view.

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Firehole Sticks 551

The 551 is a heavy jig hook. It is specifically designed to allow upsizing beads without impeding the gape opening. This is acheived by extending the tyable shank length by one size (1XL) of "standard" as well as increasing the gape by two sizes (2X) of "standard." With respect to the Firehole 516 this hook is 1XL with an additional gape size.

Specifications

The 551 is a 1X long hook with a 2X gape. It has a 60 degree down eye and is formed from a heavy weight wire. It is available in sizes #4 to #20.

Firehole Sticks 570

The 570 is a heavy jig hook. This hook is specifically designed for streamer style flies.

Specifications

The 570 is a 3X long hook with a 3X gape. It has a 60 degree down eye and is formed from an extra heavy weight wire. It is available in sizes #1 to #8.

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Firehole Sticks 618

The 618 is perfect hook for foam flies and is equally at home when used for extended length nymphs. This hook is the big brother to the Firehole 609, our standard nymph hook. With respect to the 609 this hook is 2XL with an additional gape size.

Specifications

The 618 is a 2X long hook with a 2X gape. It has a down eye and is formed from a medium weight wire. It is available in sizes #4 to #16

Firehole Sticks 714

The 714 is  a perfect barbless hook for intruders, tube flies, and flies with trailer hooks. Sized to accomodate the largest steelhead as well as delicate trout.

Specifications

The 714 is an intruder/trailer style hook with a 2X gape. It has an up eye and is formed from a extra heavy weight wire. It is available in sizes #1 to #8.

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Firehole Sticks 860

This 860 is a really nice, heavy streamer hook. This hook is designed on the 811 base having a slightly shorter shank (by an eye length) and with point laid down to open the gape. Great choice articulated flies, sliders, and deer hair bugs. It is perfectly paired with our articulated shanks, AS1 & AS2. 

Specifications

The 860 is a 3X long hook with a 3X gape. It has a straight eye and is formed from an extra heavy weight wire. It is available in sizes #1 to #8

Firehole Sticks AS1 & AS2

The AS1 and AS2 are unique articulated shanks. Designed to permit the changing or substitution of materials in the field.

Specifications

The AS1 & AS2 are identical in form and function. Both are formed from stainless steel wire.

  • AS1 utilizes 0.9 mm wire and is suggested for hooks #6 and larger.
  • AS2 utilizes 0.8 mm wire and is suggested for hooks #6 and smaller.
  • They are both available in four lengths; 0.75", 1.0", 1.5", and 2.25".

Note: There is no industry standard for hook eye sizes. I present these suggestions after measuring many streamer hooks from most manufacturers. You may find that the suggested hook size may change based on the hook manufacturer that you use.

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Flies courtesy of Josh Smitherman

Firehole Sticks SS

The SS is a standard straight shank intended for use paired with the 714 or other intruder style hooks.

Specifications

The SS is a standard straight shank formed of 1.1 mm carbon steel. It is available in four lengths; 0.75", 1.0", 1.5", and 2.25".

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