The main criterion for choosing a hook is its number. The numbering of fishing hooks is divided into several types:
- Russian (Soviet)
- international (English Reddich scale).
Domestic marking is the simplest. It implies the width of the hook in millimeters from the tip to the forend. The line of hook models starts at # 2.5 and ends at # 16.
International numbering dominates the world. According to its standard, fishing hooks are classified according to how fly fishing with artificial baits - flies.Fishing Hook Size Chart
The basis of Reddich is such that the length of the forearm of the classic hook must be a strictly defined length and twice its width. Consequently, the standard hook length is also regulated. One can only rely on a rare scale; it dictates standards. Manufacturers indicate on the packages the difference between the actual hook length and what it should be according to the given classification and put a number corresponding to the scale.
According to Reddich's classification, the smallest hook is No. 24, and the largest is No. 1. Larger hooks have a double number - 2/0, 4/0, etc.
Japanese numbering is based on English, increasing it by 2 points. For example, hook number 5 in the British will be number 7 in the Japanese, number 9 - will be in number 11, etc.
Fishing hooks from Finland are similar to the Japanese counterpart. However, they have a couple of features:
- Not all sizes are present in the lineup.
- The table starts with large hooks and has a double designation.
Chinese manufacturers have not decided on the numbering of fish hooks. They do not have their own labeling. They imitate all known classifications and standards. But it is worth noting that the price of Chinese hooks is much lower and they are not inferior to the quality of foreign ones.
And yet, in Russia, domestic marking of fishing hooks is used, more clear and understandable. The following are common numbers, which are divided by type of fishing:
- For bloodworms, boiled peas, oats, barley, wheat, for balls of dough and bread - No. 2.5 - 4;
- On large worms, live bait, crayfish, beetles - No. 8 - 12;
- For dough, caddis flies, a small worm, or pieces of it, maggot, dragonfly, grasshopper, porridge - No. 5 - 7;
- On asp when fishing by spinning - tee No. 7, 8;
- For zander - №8 - 12;
- For catfish - No. 5, 6 (up to 10 kg), No. 9 (up to 20 kg), No. 18 - 20 (per frog), larger hooks are used on live bait and meat;
- For pike - No. 8 - 12 (single hook), No. 7 - 10 (double hook), No. 7 - 8 (triple hook);
- For large perches, line, carp, ide, burbot, small carp and bream - No. 6 - 10;
- For roach, scavengers, roaches, crucian carp, rudd, and breeding - number 4 - 6;
- For dace, crucian carp, ruff, bleak, small perches, minnows, loaches - No. 2.5 - 4;
- For large carp - No. 10 - 14.
When choosing the right fishing hook, you should pay attention not so much to the number of the hook itself, but to whether it fits in the mouth of a potential prey or not. When the choice is made, it remains only to purchase a bait that will match the hook.