I am writing this post in the hopes that it will help some current rippers switch to completely legal harvest next year, avoid mutilating the resource, and still catch "legally-hooked" sockeyes as quickly as they do now. Although I have not posted much, I have been very closely following all of the threads related to fishing the Kenai Peninsula for several years. My wife and I just returned from our annual fishing expedition to the Kenai Peninsula. This year we only fished sockeye on the lower Kenai River. Using information I learned here, we hooked and landed 43 sockeyes with ZERO foul hooks. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE HOOK. Last year we mostly fished various Mustad and Eagle Claw "Octopus Circle Hooks" with egg loop drop knots. I was not real pleased with the numbers of hookups we were getting or the rate of foul hooks, although we almost always limited on days with decent numbers of fish moving upstream. I had read FishinPhysician's thread about circle hooks last year but didn't realize then how much different the Gamakatsu Nautilus Circle is from the other styles and brands. It is the only hook like it in existence. This year we fished exclusively with 3/0 Nautilus Circles using the regular Kenai-flip slightly upstream, let it bounce downstream along the gravel, and a SLOW and gradually accelerating sweep at the end to gain momentum for the next flip. I know it is hard to believe, but EVERY FISH WAS LEGAL, and we were catching our limits as fast as nearly anyone around us. I will admit that most fish were caught with the hook entering from the outside of the jaw on the river-side of the fish, but the points and barbs of the hooks were IN THE MOUTH in every case - 43 straight times! You WILL NOT get nearly as many bumps and "Fish-On" moments. If you love yelling fish-on and fighting snagged fish and don't want to stop, you should just stop reading here. As for hook-up to landing ratio, some days we landed 1 fish for every 2-3 hooked, but other days it was more like 1 landed for every 4-5 hooked. Still better ratio than other hooks we have used. We fished 1/4 to 3/8 ounce bank sinkers on a 2-inch monofilament drop from 3-way drop swivels, 6-foot 30 pound fluorocarbon leaders, and only a small tuft of yarn to get the hooks down fast. I compared the 2/0 and 3/0 hooks very, very carefully. FishinPhysician recommends the 2/0. They are virtually identical in size, but the 3/0 is made with a heavier wire. Either size should work fine, but I figured the 3/0 would sink a bit faster. Neither of them fits the 3/8 maximum gap for the upper Kenai. Maybe somebody can measure a 1/0 or smaller if the make them to see if the gap is 3/8 or less. I have nothing to gain except the satisfaction of thinking that I prevented the waste of such a beautiful resource due to having their guts, eggs, skin, etc ripped apart only to be kicked back into the river like a trash fish. They deserve more respect. These hooks are not stocked by Trustworthy, Fred's or Sportsman's Warehouse (at least I could not find them there). They are available from Cabelas online. Oh, please don't jump me too bad for the 43 fish. I know that is a lot but they will not be wasted, sold, or bartered. They were all caught legally between July 14 and 24. I shared some with the owners of the B&B where we stay who missed-out on getting any dipnet fish. I even "spooned" the backbones on most of them (learned that here too!) and boiled and picked some bellies since I hate to waste anything, especially not something as treasured as a fine fish. Good luck to all who appreciate the resource.