Gamakatsu® is the leading fish hook manufacturer in Japan, and for that matter worldwide. Gamakatsu® is constantly testing new materials and striving to improve their products which already set the standard for the rest of the industry. Gamakatsu® started producing fish hooks in 1955. At that time, they were the smallest hook manufacturer in Japan and all of their hooks were made by hand. In 1963 they introduced a new automated heating facility which catapulted them to the forefront of the Japanese market.
They support there local shop front businesses and do not supply backyard fly tiers. They can get the hooks from onsellars O/S but at a much dearer price, hence not a lot use them because of the price