Maruto Barbless Dry Fly Hooks
Maruto Barbless Dry Fly Hooks are one of the fly fisherman’s most dependable terminal tackle in the world. Maruto Fly Hooks are carefully manufactured of H8OC High-Carbon steel wire, produced at the best steel plant in Japan.
The sharper needle point offers advantages of better penetration and greater strength. All the hooks are processed by well organized heat treatment, chemical sharpening system and anti-corrosive coating.
History of Maruto Fish Hooks
Dohitomi & Co., Ltd is located in the small town of Tojo, Japan. Its history goes back as far as 1892, when fish hooks were made by villagers in a very primitive method, to earn extra income. Late Mr. Tomitaro Dohi, being a foresighted and ambitious man, thought of mechanizing the industry. As no electric power was available in that age, he used an old-fashioned oil engine and began manufacturing Japan’s first machine-made hooks in 1910.
In those days, fishermen in Japan were too conservative to adopt anything different from what they traditionally used. They did not show any interest in the new products at all. Thus, Mr. Dohi faced serious difficulties, and at one time, was on the verge of bankruptcy. However, his business spirit persevered and he did not give up. Instead, he extensively toured remote fishing villages from one to another and spent his time giving away fish hooks for trial. Over time commercial fishermen were convinced of the superiority of Maruto fish hooks, especially their sharpness.
However, the mechanization process was only one step of several manufacturing stages, and there remained much to improve to develop new and better machines. After World War II, with the continuation of international trade, our markets rapidly expanded. Mr. Tomitaka Dohi, the former president, developed fully automated machines along with continuous tempering plants to meet the increased demand with ability to produce 100 million hooks monthly.
I have used countless brands of barbless competition hooks over the last year and must say that the Maruto brand barbless dry fly hooks are on par with some of the big names in the industry at a fraction of the price. Also with most other brands of competition style hooks I expect to find 1-2 warped or miss formed hooks in a package, out of the entire shipment of Maruto hooks, around 150 hooks, I did not find a single hook that could not be used, very good quality control.