Fish Sniffer Magazine Issue 3620 September 15-30, 2017 - Page 29

SALTWATER VOL.36 • ISS. 20 27 Sept. 15 - 30, 2017 The Battle of the Trailer Hooks – The O’Shaughnessy Vs. Siwash T and that is this hook works best with wo styles of hooks have “regular” fish with “regular” mouth become the most popular for hanging on the back of artificial structures. Salmon do not fit into this lures, the O’Shaughnessy and the Si- category. wash. Often dressed with a pinch of The Siwash hook must have been white bucktail and some- the product of much ex- times with chicken hackle perience and experimen- or simply plain, the single tation. hook has replaced the While an O’Shaugh- treble hook on a number nessy hook can and does of lures, mostly on spoons hook and land salmon, and jigs, and sometimes as those clever rascals of a tail hook on wooden or the Pacific Northwest plastic plugs. designed a hook that does One manufacturer of a fantastic job in hooking hand carved cedar plugs, and holding those frisky Phase II lures, has been salmon with their notori- by Steve featuring a bucktailed sin- ously soft mouths. Instead “Hippo”Lau of looking like the “J” gle hook as a trailer hook on their products for years. of the O’Shaughnessy Dick Fincher, who carves these lures design, the Siwash looks more like a back in Westport, Connecticut, has deep “U”. had great success using a bucktailed When it hooks a salmon, it can grab O’Shaughnessy hook as a trailer a whole lot of meat. That is one of hook. the drawbacks of the Siwash design, O’Shaughnessy hooks are one that the gap is so large that instead of of the oldest and one of the most penetrating the mouth structure of a successful hoo