I got some Eagle Claw #2 Octopus hooks off of ebay (200 for $8). I got and opened up the package last night, and the hooks have an offset eye. This was an unexpected surprise. I've never tied with offset hooks, so I sat down at the bench to try my hand. All seems fairly straight forward (pun intended), however I'm curious about how they will act in the water. Do I need to adjust anything to ensure the flies will swim straight?
I saw that this is an older thread, but I haven't been on here in awhile myself. I've tied on offset hooks many times without any problems. Recently purchased some long shank 3/0 Eagle Claw hooks to make some poppers for Bluefish. These hooks have an offset, but I've used them before & for many, many years. I've known others to say they won't track straight & I guess that's possible depending on how the fly is constructed, but that's never been my experience. The only problem you might encounter is having them snag more if you use them around debris, vegetation or other such snags since the point is not inline with the shank, and most of the typical weed guards don't work well with an offset hook. I mostly tie streamers & poppers on such hooks, and use them in open water so have no problems with snagging either.