Fly Tying: Hook Point Up (HPU) Streamers

I have been researching an area of fly fishing/tying that I admittedly don’t utilize enough…streamers on rivers (a staple in many areas of the country). I do fish them for Browns on Oregon stillwaters. But, otherwise they are rarely considered. So, I recently remarked upon seeing Sculpins darting about in a river. More research suggested Sculpins might be a reasonable Winter pattern to swing and dart along the bottom to entice those sulky Rainbows.

While researching Sculpin patterns I came across a style of hook that, when weighted, allows for a Hook Eye Up (HPU) presentation. Heavy lead eyes tied on the top of the hook shank are known to cause the hook to flip over and ride hook point up. But, the piece here uses a different hook..an off set worm hook.

The HPU presentation provides many options in tying (freshwater/saltwater). Fox Statler of Willow Ford, Ark. offers up pattern suggestions and kits for preparing HPU Streamers/Shiners.

3 Responses to “Fly Tying: Hook Point Up (HPU) Streamers”

  1. 1 Rab
    November 3, 2010 at 12:12

    Great idea and I was wondering if these hooks are available in the UK as I think this pattern would work well with our large Brownies in Scotland. Cheers and tight lines for the coming season.


    • 2 SwittersB
      November 4, 2010 at 19:04


      Query Google Images for ‘U.K. Worm Hooks’ and you should get pics and sites that may lead you a vendor. Good LucK


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