Used to be standard hooks for Bluefish and Stripers, the long shanks made it easier to remove the hooks with just your fingers instead of having to grab pliers. You have to sharpen the points. Used to be everyone carried a sharpening stone in their kit. I still do.
Did he fly fish in the salt? They've long been a standard style for tying saltwater flies too. Mustad 3407, 34007 ( stainless), and Eagle Claw 254 are all O'Shaughnessy style, and the EC 254 has a shorter shank than those Mustad. Both companies and other hook brands make that style still, and in various models. They're even made in jig hook types.
EC 253 too, and they were sold as a spinnerbait hook, but folks used them for other fishing purposes and for tying flies.
I ran across this great history of the O’Shaugnessy fish hook in Limerick; Its History and Antiquities by Maurice Lenihan (Dublin, 1866). He notes that the once great reputation of Limerick hooks had all but died by the 1860s, with only one master hook maker left. It’s a fabulous history and...
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