Henry Cowen grew up in Brooklyn and has been fishing northeastern blitzes for more than 20 years. He is an Umpqua saltwater fly designer and was a frequent contributor to Saltwater Fly Fishing magazine. You can visit his Web site at www.henrycowenflyfishing.com.
NINETY PERCENT or more of all saltwater flies are tied on some sort of "J" hook. Whether you purchase flies at your local fly shop or twist up your own creations, this is the standard used by most fly fishermen. Tiemco, Gamakatsu, Mustad, Eagle Claw, Daiichi, Dai-Riki, and Owner (to name a few) offer "J" hooks in a plethora of styles designed to hold the...