Guru, Are they taking over the hook game?

RedRidingHood

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Firstly, I'm not a massive fan of Guru, They do good some good innovative tackle don't get me wrong but I find a lot of the stuff they do to be pretty pretentious. Not to mention the fact that their sponsors are pretty annoying. (Opinion, Don't flame plez lol)

But seriously, Their hook game just seems to be on point in comparison to the rest of the brands. I've always fancied Kamasan & Drennan hooks, But just recently I've really been finding myself swaying away from Drennan / Kamasan hooks and finding myself on the Guru racks, To the extent as to where my Hook length cases are 80% Guru.

Firstly, The quality of the hooks they sell just seem to be on point. I've never had any of their hooks fail on me.
They do a massive range of hooks which covers just about any method, They also feature some really cool hook shapes to try out, The Kaizans being a perfect example of this. They do both spade and eyed in just about every range of hooks they sell.
They also have a really nice Micro Barbed line.
Their packaging both super user-friendly, As well as 'Newb' friendly having simple, but also perfect explanations of the product you're looking at and what it's used for. E.G Method (Pole, Waggler, Bomb, Method ect) As well as what baits suit each individual hook best. This is all printed right on the back of each packet.
& Last but not least, The prices are incredibly competitive ranging from £1.50, Up to £2.00. They do obviously have some other ranges which reach the £3.00 mark also.

I don't know, I just think they're killing it with their hook game right now.

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RedRidingHood

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I've tried a few but don't really like them. Much prefer drennan and kamasan, even some maver ones seem decent.

Over time, I've seriously swayed away from my Drennan Hooks. I still use Drennan Specimens though. Kamasan for their B911 though, They're a great hook which are very hard to beat. I used to use a lot of Maver hooks, But I rarely come across them anymore in my local tackle shops....
 

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Over time, I've seriously swayed away from my Drennan Hooks. I still use Drennan Specimens though. Kamasan for their B911 though, They're a great hook which are very hard to beat. I used to use a lot of Maver hooks, But I rarely come across them anymore in my local tackle shops....
Drennan silverfish, kamasan b911 and b611 are my most used hooks. Agree maver are a bit tricky to find for some reason.

Can't recall which guru hooks I tried but I bought a few different patterns of theirs from angling direct in reading a couple years ago and whilst the bigger ones were perfectly decent I found I got more missed bites and bumped fish with the smaller ones than with drennan and kamasan.
 

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I'd try them more if they didn't use 'code' to name their hooks, easier to know what you're buying. Same goes for a lot of companies though.
 

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I've got about 3 years supply of Drennan's at the moment, as I keep buying more every time I pop into my local tackle shop. I have seen Guru's hooks there, and am constantly resisting the temptation to buy some to try. I don't know how much longer I can resist them seeing some of these posts, but I'm not throwing my Drennan hooks away
 

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I've got nothing against Guru hooks. Those I've used have been at least decent, even the F1 Maggot that gets lots of stick. However, I tend to use micro-barbed spade ends for the majority of my fishing. As far as I'm aware, Guru do one pattern that fits that criteria. They aren't exactly taking over in my world. Perhaps if I fished barbless only and/or commie venues more regularly things would be different.
 

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Nearly all my hooks are Guru, the only one I'm not keen on is the MWG, bit to thick in the wire and not convinced sharp enough hook point.
But had tons of doubles on LWG,s so use them for heavy work.
Only other hook I use is a B911 in 12s & 10s for paste.
 

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While method fishing on Sunday evening I had the hook pull on the first three carp which was annoying, upon investigation I discovered that I had used a drennan 6" pushstop size 12 hooklength instead of a guru 4" same hook size etc and after a quick change landed the next three including one of 12lb. Whether it's coincidence I don't know but the guru hooks are almost like 'circle' hooks and certainly seem to hold well.
 

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Slowly moving away from Drennan as their quality has slipped lately... had a few hook knots fail and wire hooks open out on quite moderate fish... love the QM1 for method work... can't beat it going to try the Kaizens for some float work... as my eyes and hands are not as good as they used to be, it'll have to be ready tied...?
 

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The LWGF pattern is my go to feeder hook now. Very rare you pull out of a fish with this pattern. The qm1 is another. Very very sharp hook.
 

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It probably depends on the type of fishing you do. For carp, f1s and bream I think the qm1 takes some beating. For anything over a couple of pounds they are absolutely ideal. They were designed for hair rigging but I also really like them with maggots straight on the hook. I don’t do much fishing for silvers but I think there are possibly better hooks out there for that type of fishing. I probably need to try the qm1s in a size 18 this winter. I’ve got some nice silvers lakes to fish in the cold weather.
 

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Hooks are actually a deceptively complicated part of tackle, as a predator angler I'm not often using match style hooks, but when I do for one reason or another (downsizing to find shoals of Perch, having a roach session, visiting a commercial, Barbel fishing next year) - I've already done the leg work to know what I need from Drennan, I have a pack of Specialist Wide Gape in every size (micro & barbless) and a pack of Barbless Specimen 14 to 18, that covers me, looking into Guru hooks at this stage would be a chore.

Owner and Gamakatsu make up the majority of my favourite patterns.
 
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Ken the Pacman

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The hook is the single most important part of your tackle.
I am told the orange packeted barbess patterns that Guru sell are being phased out starting with the pellet waggler hook being replaced with a ptfe version.
 

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I don’t doubt that Guru hooks are good but I’ve always used Kamasan, with the exception of Mustad in 24 for bloodworm, and I know what patterns suit what venues and species for me.

As well as the technical design part of hooks is also the confidence factor - I have huge confidence in my hook choice on any given day but trying out another make & design would bring with it an element of self doubt as to whether the session would have fished better with my no.1 choice.

I may be forced to try some soon though as the 3 nearest tackle shops to me don’t sell Kamasan other than odd packs of eyed animal & I’m dubious about online stores.
 
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