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The angler stood on the bank, head down and rather dejected. What was likely a true trophy fish was lost. Earlier, the angler made a decision when it came to hook selection. Rather than take the time to read reviews, do basic research and make a decision based on quality rather than price, the angler selected a less than ideal hook for their purpose. The results were certainly destined to be painfully obvious.
This is why the Kamasan brand exists today in the hook market.
What started as Kamatsu eventually evolved into the more familiar brand, Kamasan. Already well into their fourth decade, the Kamasan brand continues to be at the forefront of carp hook engineering and technology. The brand set a new standard in the sharpened hook world by moving away from the previously laser sharpened hooks into a new concept – chemically sharpened hooks. This novel concept caught on quickly within the remainder of the industry and is now recognized as the de facto method of hook sharpening for a considerable number of hook manufacturer.
While the hook is incredibly popular with the majority of anglers and the fly tying world in the U.K. for those who would dare to tempt game, coarse and even sea fare on a fly, many are not certain of the progenitor of the hook. It was one Peter Drennan, the founder of Drennan International Tackle, a name known to many as one of the most effective fishing tackle companies. The company has a solid reputation of quality matched to affordability, a fact that has never been lost on the company nor those who swear by the products produced.
The Kamasan hook is packaged in a clear and concise manner with the three elements of the hook: style, construction and size. The numbering system, where the smaller the number the larger the hook, has proven to be a boon to all anglers, both tournament and recreational, when it comes to determining the ideal size for their particular quarry of the day.
It is without question the hook is the backbone of the Kamasan company. Their maggot feeder line, Blackcap, furthers the company’s reputation. Again, the strength and reliability of the product is unmatched within the U.K.’s angling community. Anglers have no difficulties with either size or weight as there is a substantial range for the maggot angler, ranging from small to large.
Lastly, it should go without saying Kamasan is designed with the fly angler in mind as the majority of, if not all, of their products are geared to those who would tempt fish with feathers and steel. One additional product that cannot be overlooked is the float fishing line. In manufacture for longer than the Kamasan brand, the line is the brainchild of Bayer Perlon. The line is now part of the Kamasan name, and anglers know when they see the name of Perlon they can expect the quality and durability necessary for their fish of choice.
Fishing in the U.K., like all things, has trends and changes that companies must follow to stay with the demands. Kamasan is no different, joining the ranks of the Hooks to Nylon system of pre-rigged hooks with a tapered line culminating in a very thin taper perfect for tying onto thin hooks with minute eyes. The changes are more than just keeping with the trends. The conservation movement within the different ministries of conservation and natural resources along with the angling world practice quality catch and release fishing. The results have been impressive for the fisheries. The quality, quantity and size of all fish and fisheries has grown considerably, much to the delight of all parties involved. Anglers needed the tools to land and release these fish safely – thus the hook and line design. Anglers opting for this Kamasan line will find broken hooks a distant memory with the larger fish caught, photographed and returned for later generations.
Kamasan is the anglers’ hook for certain, and as a group of anglers themselves, recognize the hook forms the base on which the entire system rests. The hook, after all, is the only part of the entire system, outside of a hand, that touches the fish. The goal of the company is to produce a hook that will meet those particular needs day in and day out. Anglers recognize this, and they continue to keep Kamasan at the top when it comes to selecting, buying and using hooks.
The fly angler uses a wide gape hook almost exclusively for their needs. The gap, along with an eye at a slight angle, is the perfect hook for the wily carp. It is the distance from the hook point to the shank that makes a difference between the fight and a missed opportunity.
There is much to say about the Kamasan hook, but what of the hooks themselves? We have compiled one of the most comprehensive reviews of the Kamasan line of hooks available. This guide will help anglers decide what the best options are for them and their fish of choice. Of course, we strongly recommend returning extras back to the waters for posterity – the ethos of catch and release fishing.
Kamasan barbless hooks
The Barbless Hooks for Fishing continues to thrive within the catch and release group, and Kamasan offers several high quality barbless hook options for the fly angler. These hooks are ideal for the fly tying angler as the hooks take the thread, hackles and material well. Most, if not all, have a down turned eye to build up a head for the insect imitation.
Kamasan b175 Barbless Hooks
The heavier Fly Hook based on a strong wire makeup. This is an ideal hook for still water fishing in small and large water alike.
The Barbless Fishing Hook has a sproat bend, chemically sharpened point and based on 3X wire. The hooks come in packages of 25 and are Japanese manufactured.
Best purpose for this hook: Excellent for tying flies because of the long shank and downturned eye. Use for nymphs, small streamers and wets.
kamasan barbless hooks b611
This wide gape hook is ideal for the carp angler with a vast variety of baits in their tackle – maggots, worms, bait balls and the like.
The b611 is a bit heavier than some of the other models, perfect for big fish and situations where the fishing is not simple even for the most experienced angler.
Best purpose for this hook: Live baits including worms and caster.
The barbless version of the b980 has all of the great features of the Kamasan line of hooks.
These barbless come in a large size variety from #2 to #20 and in packs of 25 to 100. It is the barbless equivalent of the b980. The b980 also has a five star rating at Amazon.co.uk.
Best purpose for this hook: Coarse and trout alike. Many baits also work well on this particular hook.
Another of the successful barbless hook group, the b911 offers a secure hold even as a barbless model. The hooks bends out and open, perfect for carp. The hook’s large bend allows to catch the hook in the corner of the mouth. The ideal location for catch and release.
The b911 is ideal for a variety of baits, but many anglers swear by corn for their carp when a b911 is tied onto the end of the line.
Best purpose for this hook: Bait, including maggots, bait pellets and meat.
Kamasan standard barbed hooks
Kamasan Animal Eyed Barbed
One of the more stout hooks in the Kamasan line. Variety of sizes work well for larger fish of all sorts.
Best purpose for this hook: Carp, barbell, tench, chub and the like.
Pechetruite 25 x KAMASAN fly hooks
Kamasan’s line for tying nymphs and wet flies. Down turned eye to help get fly under the water. Size #6 works well for larger nymphs and emergent.
Best purpose for this hook: All nymphs, wet flies, drowned terrestrials.
A second in the wet line for Kamasan, this hook is designed more specifically for the nymph. A slight bend in the shank mimics the natural bend of a nymph. Three sizes: #6, #12 and #18 mean matching all potential nymphs in the waters. Upturned eye gives the appearance of a rising nymph.
Best purpose for this hook: Nymphs specifically. Kamasan makes it a point to have a variety of hooks for all anglers.
Fly hooks for tying dry flies specifically. Variety of sizes from #8 for large flies to #20 for small midges, gnats and terrestrials. Down turned eye ideal for tying off and building up the front for fly head.
Best purpose for this hook: Dry flies for all trout during full hatches.
Mention the roach in the U.K., and some may sigh, groan or even smile. This is why the b560 exists – the ubiquitous roach.
A variety of hook sizes can tempt even the most devious of roach. The hook has a long tapered point, has considerable give when fighting fish and produces when other hooks cannot.
Best purpose for this hook: Tough fishing in cover for big carp. Works equally well with pieces of corn, bread, worms and maggots.
This is the hook Europeans and those in the U.K. turn to when they are heading out into the salt water for pelagic species. These hooks come in much larger sizes up to a 6/0 and take eels as well as worms.
Best purpose for this hook: Anything in the sea that swims. The 6/0 hook is about as big a hook as is made and designed for big fish.
This is the original hook for the basis on the b981 barbless. A hook for the larger fish and fight, the b980 comes in packs of 10.
Best purpose for this hook: Anglers who are serious about targeting trophy carp and other species as well as those who fish tournaments and need the barb to keep the fish on the line.
The b983 is another wide gap specialist hook with a light gauge metal with heavy duty carbon wire.
This is an excellent model for carp and other species. Many who fish tournaments also use this particular hook model.
Best purpose for this hook: Live bait and corn.
What are the target fish for Kamasan hooks?
Kamasan is well known as a quality hook for those who would tie their own flies. This means fish that take to flies and fly fishing well in the U.K., in particular trout, salmon and carp. There are other species that take well to flies but none as good as these species.
This is what sets Kamasan apart from many other hooks in the U.K. The team behind Kamasan are anglers first and foremost. They have designed hooks that work and are meant to be used. The Kamasan line is not meant for anything but work.
This does not mean the angler is limited to strictly flies. Kamasan hooks are for the complete angler. This includes those who would tempt the wariest of trout with fine flies on #20 hooks and under all the way to pelagic fish.
Let’s return back to the story at the beginning. Rather than make a purchase based on price, our angler made a decision based on solid research. His choice of Kamasan hooks led to a fish that while broke no records in the U.K. was certainly one that he could share as a story for many years with mates in the pub after a full day on the water.
The catch itself? Safely returned to the water in the true meaning of catch and release fishing.