Last year I bought 500 Gamakatsu hooks in the Russian River pattern. These hooks were in boxes of 100 each; I bought for my own use and for some friends. These hooks were very expensive even in bulk quantities.
In two trips to the upper Kenai including last night I've checked my gear after losing a fish and found that the whole point of the hooks including the barb had competely broken off. For an expensive hook to have these many failures out a dozen or so hooks is totally incrediable and terribly disappointing. I can't recall seeing this happen before with any hook I've ever used or recovered and I've seen a bunch over the years.
I haven't contacted Gamakatsu yet; I though I would check others expeniences on this forum first.
Has anyone else had this expereince with Gamakatsu or other brands of hooks?