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Things are obviously pretty slow in Wisconsin on a rainy day, when a person spends any time looking into something like this but in the process of changing over my Swedish Pimples to accept the O'Shaughnessy single hook rather then the treble hook it came with I slowly started to realize the hook provided was a bit different then the 100 I bought from Cabelas a week ago. The one provided by S/P had an eye twice the size of opening then the hundred that are in the bag in my tackle box. I found this out when I went to put a Cabelas O'S on a Jig a Whopper Spoon I had with no replacement. That's when I realized the hundred in the bag would not fit the split ring! A close examination showed the eye was half the size of the one that went right on the S/P. So I started to dig into why. This is what I found out about the Mustad O'Shaughnessy Hook: There are 19 different styles manufactured by them to begin with. Size may range from 14/0 down to #12. They may have 2 styles of points: a spear point or a hollow ground or rolled point. They can be made of Stainless Steel or Carbon steel. Caron steel can be bronzed, cadmuim plated, tinned and then nickel or gold plated. The steel can be forged or not forged. Wire sizes can be normal to 2X in strength. Shank length can be from extra long to 3X short. The shank can be straight, or 45 to 90 degree bent for jig hooks. Eyes can be straight, down bend, larger then normal (Swedish Pimple???) open eye (#34091 soft metal)with some big game eyes having needle eyes! I'll spare you the math: That equals 236 varieties of O'Shaughnessy hook just for the American market. So the next time you're told to get a #6 O/S hook, be careful what you order! (I have a hundred I'll sell ya!!!!!!) Sincerely, Bob

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Rob, I have an attachment of the Srout Hook by Mustad that Bay de Noc uses. Now if I could just figure out how to attach it to this post. Can anyone help with that? Bob

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