Gamakatsu R18-B 2X Strong Fly Hook- Barbless
Gamakatsu's R18-B is the very latest in fly hook technology. At first glance, you'll notice this barbless hook is different. The matte finish is Nano Smooth Coat, a coating that is slick, virtually friction-less and reduces resistance which enhances hook penetration. The R18-B is a true barbless hook. It was designed from the hook point to the eye as a barbless hook, not just a hook that has the barb removed. That's why the unique shape of the R18-B. The "R" refers to "retainer bend." Retainer bend style hooks hold hooked fish significantly better than conventional round bend style hooks.
Beyond design is strength. The R18-B is made from 2X heavy Gamakatsu wire that's ideal for use with big fish. Anglers fishing big trout in tailrace fisheries using small flies have asked for a heavier wire hook. This is a multi-use, multi-species barbless hook.