"Hey, have you had a look at those red hooks yet? They look mean!" It's true, Gamakatsu's Octopus Fly Tying Hooks in red are all the rage, and for good reason. These unique hooks offer a short length shank and offset point for decreased levering action and an incredibly solid connection to the fish. Gamakatsu's proprietary fly tying hook materials, manufacturing, and finishing processes also make these hooks bomb proof, a desirable trait when you're after some of the burliest and gnarliest fish that roam the planet's waters! Gamakatsu's Octopus Fly Tying Hooks are available in a range of useful sizes and a unique red finish. Be sure to try these tremendous hooks (IN SIZE #2) in all of your favorite tube fly rigs as well - you'll be far from disappointed.
The Gamakatsu Octopus Fly Tying Hook is the bullet proof answer to many of your heavy duty fly tying needs. This unique design features a short length shank, up eye, wide gap, and an offset point. All of these elements not only help you make a firm connection with a fish, but help you keep and maintain that hookup - even when you're up against the toughest fish on the block. As if that wasn't enough, Gamakatsu has worked with a materials company to develop a proprietary version of High Carbon steel to virtually eliminate impurities within their raw materials and ultimately in their finished hooks. The tempering process is electronically controlled and the most advanced on the planet and each Gamakatsu hook point is sharpened to a perfect conical shape! These hooks are also produced, from start to finish, with Gamakatsu's concern for environmental safety - another plus in today's green-conscious culture. Use these tremendous fly tying hooks for your favorite steelhead, salmon, pike, chum, and large saltwater game fish flies.
- Short length shank
- Up eye
- Wide gap
- Offset hook point
- Constructed of High Carbon steel proprietary to Gamakatsu
- Innovative and advanced tempering process
- Precision conical sharpened hook point
- Environmentally friendly production process
- Great for steelhead, salmon, pike, chum, and large saltwater game fish species
- #8 to #1
- Steelhead, chum, and salmon flies
- Saltwater streamer fly patterns
- Tube fly rigs (SIZE #2)
Leland on Gamakatsu Octopus Fly Tying Hooks
We've always dreamed of the perfect fly hook. It's sticky, super strong, beautifully finished, and sports a design so functional we ask ourselves, "Why didn't I think of that?" Well, Gamakatsu most certainly "thought of that" when they developed their trademark Octopus Fly Tying Hook.
The first thing everyone notices about the Octopus is its brilliant red color, but in reality, that's really a secondary feature, and should take a back seat to the more brilliant design of the hook. From its short shank to its upturned eye, to its offset point, this hook is the proverbial top of the heap in sticking quickly and holding fast under even the toughest fishing conditions.
Try these innovative fly tying hooks out in your large saltwater streamers as well as your steelhead and salmon flies. These hooks are also perfect for use in chum fly patterns and they've even gained traction in the market for radical pike flies!
Leland on Gamakatsu
Once you start tying flies on Gamakatsu hooks, you'll never be the same. This innovative group of passionate hook makers has been designing and manufacturing fishing hooks for over half a century. Gamakatsu's roots are actually in the production of hand-made (yep, hand made) fishing hooks, and it's these roots that provide the foundation for the industry's foremost provider of extremely high quality and well-designed fly tying hooks.
Gamakatsu has spent heaps of effort, time, and money on the development of materials for exclusive use in their top shelf fly tying hooks. From their proprietary grade of High Carbon steel (one of the purest alloys available), to their ultra high tech computer controlled tempering process, to their revolutionary point sharpening process which produces a perfectly conical and unbelieveably sharp hook point on each and every hook, Gamakatsu's operation screams "space age." Don't take chances with the fly tying hooks you select - you never know which hook in the bag will have a face to face encounter with the fish of a lifetime. Fish Gamakatsu and fish with confidence.
Gamakatsu on the Octopus Hook
"Specially designed bend allows the hook to penetrate quickly and hold."
GAMAKATSU ON GAMAKATSU
History of Gamakatsu
"Gamakatsu started producing fish hooks in 1955. At that time, they were the smallest hook manufacturer in Japan and all of their hooks were made by hand. In 1963 they introduced a new automated heating facility which catapulted them to the forefront of the Japanese market. In 1974, they introduced fully automated hook making machines and found it necessary to build a second factory in order to meet the demand they had created.
In 1976, being well established as the leading Japanese hook manufacturer, Gamakatsu started building a new factory to produce high quality fishing rods for the Japanese market.
After upgrading the hook manufacturing machines in 1986, they expanded their product line. As the result, Gamakatsu Co. Ltd became a major manufacturer with a full line of high quality fishing rods, hooks, apparel, and fishing related items by 1987.
In 1988, after upgrading the automated tempering facilities and expanding the hook factory, Gamakatsu Co. Ltd. opened Gamakatsu International Co., Ltd. in Thailand and Gamakatsu Shantou Co. Ltd. in China in 1989. These two factories import hooks from Japan to get them final products such as snelling, rigging, tying flies, and packaging.
When anglers purchase Gamakatsu hooks, they are buying an original product made by GAMAKATSU. Many hook suppliers are using fabricated Japanese sounding names bought from several different manufacturers."
Market Leader Gamakatsu
"Gamakatsu is the leading fish hook manufacturer in Japan. They are constantly testing new materials, trying to improve their product which already sets the standard for the rest of the industry.
In 1992 Gamakatsu USA inc. was established to provide Gamakatsu brand hooks to the U.S. market, followed by SPRO, The Official Gamakatsu's exclusive agent, established in the Netherlands in 1994 to service the European market. Obviously, Gamakatsu is well on its way of achieving their goal of becoming the market leader in the USA and Europe as well!"
Gamakatsu on the Environment
"Since 1955, Gamakatsu has strictly stuck to the theme of 'Nature and Technology.' We work hard to develop new, hi-tech products that benefit the outdoorsman without adversely effecting the environment.
Gamakatsu's policy of technical development has always been 'the best of quality.' We are always searching for new ways to make our existing products better in addition to constantly looking for unique products which are not yet available. We believe that only this attitude can give our customers the best they deserve!"
Gamakatsu's Global Reach
"Gamakatsu products are used worldwide. With offices located around the world, Gamakatsu is able to research its markets and develop unique products that meet the needs of even the most demanding anglers."
Gamakatsu on the Invention of Hooks
"20,000 years ago, the invention of the fish hook marked the beginning of sport fishing. The first hooks were made of wood or bones. As technology improved, so did the hooks. Records show that copper hooks were made in Banchen 7,000 years ago and artificial flies were used in Egypt 4,000 years ago. Fishing was also a popular form of entertainment in ancient China.
Today, modern materials and manufacturing techniques have resulted in hundreds of styles of extremely high quality hooks, designed for specific types of fish and fishing methods."
Gamakatsu on Hook Manufacturing
"The methods used in creating Gamakatsu hooks is what makes it so superior to all other brands. First, only the most premium grade of high carbon steel is used. This insures against any blemishes in the metal which can weaken the hook.
Secondly, Gamakatsu has the most advanced tempering system in the world. Every hook is heated to the exact temperature that is perfect for that particular style and size then cooled in oil. This process produces hooks which are super strong, but not brittle. It is extremely difficult to achieve a balance between strength and flexibility, and it took many years for Gamakatsu to perfect this process.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, our sharpening process is the most modern in the world, and results in a perfectly conical point that is unequaled in sharpness."
Gamakatsu on Hook Quality
"Gamakatsu hooks are the corner stone of the Gamakatsu company, and are famous worldwide. Material and technology are what makes these hooks superior to all other brands. The Gamakatsu company, in conjunction with a material manufacturer, developed a material known as High Carbon steel specifically for the manufacture of fish hooks. This material not only contains a higher percentage of carbon, but also has very few impurities. As a result, GAMAKATSU has earned anglers' trust throughout the world. The life of a fish hook is measured by the sharpness, hardness, and viscosity of the point. Using low quality materials results in points that are weak and not truly sharp. In order to use High Carbon steel, Gamakatsu developed a unique electronic tempering process which enables hooks to be tempered in a stable condition. As a result, Gamakatsu is able to manufacture consistently high quality, extremely sharp hooks in large quantities. This innovation has earned Gamakatsu a 70 % market share in Japan."