Frequently Asked Questions


1. How does the tippet stay secure to the hook if the eye has an open gate and is not closed?

The Gateway eye is designed to allow the “double sliding” loop at the end of the tippet to slide through the gate and be tightened down securely onto the eye so that unintentional release does not occur. As a further security measure a “blocker” is located at the end of the curve of the eye so that, when snugged down, the “double Sliding Loop” knot will not disengage from the end of the open eye due to some highly unusual maneuver by a hooked fish.

2. How strong is the “double sliding loop” knot?

The “double sliding loop” knot is an old nautical design that has stood the test of time because of its strength, simplicity, resistance to chaffing and ability to be reused again and again. The knot has been an integral part of the Loop ‘N Lock system since 2001 and during our extensive testing period, a properly tied “double sliding loop” knot, has yet to fail by becoming untied or cutting through the standing line. The knot, whether using monofilament or fluorocarbon has never failed in field testing.

3. How many times can the “double sliding loop” knot be loosened and re-tightened?

The knot has been tested extensively in fresh water with a number of different monofilament and fluorocarbon fishing lines of varying sizes and brands. We have observed that the lines with the smoothest covering and that are the most flexible are ideal but any modern line can be used successfully with the Loop ‘N Lock Fishing System. One of the strengths of the knot design is that the standing line that carries the actual load does not cut into or chaff itself as the fish pulls back putting the knot under stress. When field testing the system we have used the same tippet and knot for days at a time, changing flies dozens of times without failure. Because Gateway cannot be aware of the conditions under which the system is used we conservatively recommend that the fisherman retie the “Double Sliding Loop” Knot after 6 or 10 fly changes. Additionally, the loop should be opened no more than a quarter to a half an inch so that the integrity of the loop is maintained and chafe is reduced to a minimum. Testing has shown the fisherman will loose the fly to a fish, branch, rock or snag long before the physical equipment will experience failure, this includes the knot.

4. Do I have to use a “sliding loop knot” on a Gateway Hook?

No, sliding knot or any knot that is cinched down onto the eye, such as the traditional Cinch Knot, can be used with a Gateway Hook. Of course,if the knot is not sliding the tippet will have to be clipped off in the traditional manner.

5. Are the hooks manufactured to a high standard? Can I trust them?

Gateway hooks are manufactured by the oldest continuously operating hook manufacturer in the USA. Only the highest quality wire, bending, heat treating and plating techniques are employed by craftsmen who have many decades of experience in the art of making high quality hooks for many different fishing applications. All of the Gateway hook styles and sizes are chemically sharpened to the Lazer Sharp™ standard of the Wright McGill Company. Tolerance of the “gate” of the eye of the hook is +/–,  3/1000 of an inch. All Gateway hooks carry a guarantee of complete satisfaction and the company will replace any hook that is in any way defective, no questions asked.

6. Does the Gateway hook affect the way a fly floats or “swims”?

No, a fly tied on a Gateway hook casts, floats and “swims” in the same manner as the equivalent pattern tied on a traditional, closed eye hook.

7. Is there a difference tying fly patterns on a Gateway hook?

When tying any fly pattern on a Gateway hook the tier must “tie back” from the eye so that the “gate” of the Gateway Eye is kept open and clear of thread, glue and other possible obstructions. The shank of all Gateway hooks has been lengthened by approximately 1mm to allow the proportions of all patterns to be maintained while keeping the “gate” clear. When tying a beadhead pattern the tier must create a small thread dam to keep the bead from crowding the “gate” of the hook. With consideration of these two small differences, tying on a Gateway hook is no different than tying on a traditional closed eye hook. Please watch our Fly Tying Tutorial for a demonstration of various techniques used when tying your favorite pattern on a Gateway hook.

8. When and where can I purchase Gateway Hooks and Loop ’N Lock related products?

Gateway Hook Company’s full line of hook styles and sizes are available online through the Gateway Hook Company web site Shopping Cart. Additional Loop ‘N Lock products will be available as the line of Gateway fishing products expands. Please register as a Gateway customer so we can reach you with periodic product updates. You may also check the web site for the latest product updates.


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