In fly shops most Woolly Buggers are tied on high quality Japanese 2x or 3x long standard wire hooks with a down eye and a perfect bend.
Most people don't have trouble with them even for big Alaskan trout and Steelhead when using Egg-sucking Buggers tied on these same hooks.
Another reality is that most people do not sharpen the points of Japanese hooks until they become compromised.
Bill Kiene - Senior Travel Advisor
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Kiene's American Fly Fishing Company
2752 Marconi Ave
Sacramento, CA 95821
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Kiene's American Fly Fishing Company - Sacramento, CA
Bob Marriott's Fly Fishing Store - Los Angeles, CA
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Rainbow River Lodge, Iliamna, AK