|A wide gape Mustad hook, silk and goose biot body and badger hackle|
While researching North Country flies I came upon some interesting writings on the use of hooks. Most tyers are of the same thought as to the fact that they prefer light wire hooks the kind that you would use on dry flies, and I am in agreement with this for the reason the "spider" should be fished just under the surface. A heavier hook would bring this type of fly to perhaps a depth that's not in the best interest of gaining the most movement which is paramount in the flies success.
While tying several patterns I chose a variety of dry fly hooks. Each proved to be worthy, but there are a few that have been a tad better in their ability to hook quicker and hold fish better. Some even have a fine look to the pattern when used. While I don't think it makes a difference as far as how the fish sees it, cause all varieties work. But as a fly tyer I think I like to gaze upon a fine fly rather then something else.
This is the exact same pattern only it's tied on a Mustad 94840 hook #14. Though they are the same this one looks smaller, and has the wide gape.