I finally landed a size 6 in the Victory ;ile up of 90 degree jig hooks. I was curious how one would look when set side by side with a #6 Lil Nasty. The Lil Nasty is on the right side. Just a wee bit of difference. Most noticeable when the hooks are laid side by side in a mold, in this case the CRJ-8-3224, the leg of the Victory hook places the eye well into the cavity for the eyes while the Lil Nasty's eye is tight to the edge of the eye cavity, tight to the ballhead side. I like the extra length of the leg from the head to the eye when painting. The over-all length of the Victory hook is longer than that of the Eagle Claw as well, again to my liking. The gap in the hook is a smidge wider too which doesn't hurt my feelings much. I think the initial angle bend at the gap is slightly more noticable in the Victory hooks too: a sharper transition than the smoother transition is the Nasty's. All told, I am liking the looks of these hooks.
I laid out ten of each of these different hooks side by side, much like the picture and without exception the Victory hooks were more consistent all around. I have had the occasion to fish Victory's #4 sickle and they are great, but the #6 is what I use the most of. These hooks will be used with the wire inserts and when I laid the wires in next to the Victory hooks they all laid in tight to the hook's shank. The Lil Nasty hooks are looser in the mold and the wires can skew a bit during casting which makes for a dud head. As always, the proof is in the puddin and what comes from the mold using these Victory hooks will render the final yea or nay. I'm thinking Yea already.