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Thankfully, the 32833 BLNs are still near perfect.
32786 NPBN appear to be decent after a dull point batch a few years ago.

NPBN "Needle Point Black Nickel" is Mustad's update to original BLN Ultra Point Black Nickel. Newer NPBN points have a long narrow Gami style point taper compared to older fuller tapered Ultra Point.

I'd given up on old school Mustad "Classic" jig hooks many years ago but thought I'd check if newer mfg improved any. Wrong! 34184D 1/0 was worse than ever with MANY twisted and side kinked eyes and ALL had dull points. Cost too much to return from HI so guess I'm gonna have to straighten hundreds of eyes and sharpen 1,000 points.

Shorty's Mustad prices will hike next year, so best get em this year.
Thanks for the heads up!

I am very, very happy with the 32833. Never know what people do with the jigs I sell them, be it huchen, wels catfish or asian carp. Only thing that bothers me is the short "neck", it doesn´t fit into every mold. Sometimes it simply doesn´t reach into the eye spare. Typical example is the USD Shad dart mold. Or it doesn´t leave enough space so the lead doesn´t reach into space between hook shank and mold. Have to do every 3rd steelhead jig again.

The 32786 seems to be fine, but I have no use for a 60° hook. How about the 32746? or does the 32786 fit anyhow? I have no experience with 60° hooks and don´t want to find out the long, costly way..
The heavy wire 32786 is totally different to comparable size # heavy wire 90* jig hooks due to wider gap & shorter shank, so the two styles aren't comparable being designed for different apps. I personally have no use for wide gaps, but many bass and salt water flats anglers prefer them.

IMO the 32746 is the best buy Do-it fit Aberdeen light wire jig hook available. Gamakatsu equivelant 114 doesn't seem as sturdy and Owners are nice but really expensive for light wire.

The non-fit of 32833 in most production molds can be advantageous if one wishes to offer a unique product of impeccable quality.





(11-21-2013, 06:40 PM)Bucho Wrote: [ -> ]Thanks for the heads up!

I am very, very happy with the 32833. Never know what people do with the jigs I sell them, be it huchen, wels catfish or asian carp. Only thing that bothers me is the short "neck", it doesn´t fit into every mold. Sometimes it simply doesn´t reach into the eye spare. Typical example is the USD Shad dart mold. Or it doesn´t leave enough space so the lead doesn´t reach into space between hook shank and mold. Have to do every 3rd steelhead jig again.

The 32833 is specifically made to fit Do-It molds STL-8S-A and STL-8M-A. The short leg is so the eye sits perfectly on top of the round head and there's a bigger gap between the point and the top of the eye. Never heard of anyone using them in other commercial molds, though I imagine there are custom molds out there that use them.
Mustad must have hired Matzuo's quality control people.
Or vice versa...

Yah, other than designated STLs, Do-its need to be modified for 32833, not always practical especially in collared head designs. Mustad actually released the 32833 well before Do-it made STLs available, counting on those already Gami 2554 capable as their initial market base.
I love the 32833 great hook. I use it in the stl mold and also in a couple other molds. The molds that are not made for it I was able to make work by slamming the mold shut on the hook a few times until it would close all the way....now it works great everytime. I use it in pony heads and in round heads with eye socket.
GTF, what are you catching with 32833 ponies & what size hooks in what weight heads? Are you tying them? If'n its not a secret...

After watching Bucho's underwater performance video, I'm tempted to add ponies to my arsenal.
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(11-26-2013, 04:17 AM)Hawnjigs Wrote: [ -> ]GTF, what are you catching with 32833 ponies & what size hooks in what weight heads? Are you tying them? If'n its not a secret...

After watching Bucho's underwater performance video, I'm tempted to add ponies to my arsenal.

I use them as a twitching jig for coho. I also plan on trying them out for steelhead under a float.
For twitching for coho I use 2/0 with 3/8 head and for steelhead float fishing I will use 1/8 head with #2 hook. I also use the 32833 with my round head with eye socket mold. I also have the stl mold for those hooks but like to have something a bit different for when the salmon or steelhead get tight lipped after seeing so many of the same thing drifting by them in the river. 99.9% of the jigs used seem to be just standard round heads and sometimes all it takes to turn the bite back on is showing them something different. I have not taken any pics of my jigs lately.....but here is a couple older pics I think I have posted before. I will be making some more in the next few days and will post pics.

Revisiting, those are some killer interpretations of your area standard ties. I'll bet you do outfish the guys throwing same ol', especially with that pony.

The 3/8 HD pony looks like it could excel in any environment from jungle rivers to salty reefs on any predator that could be managed on up to 30 or 40# braid.
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