Other than my first time tarpon fishing (had one on for half an hour), my experience with circle hooks is limited to the stillwater steelhead fishing I alluded to in my earlier post. So, I realize there are differences with fishing for salmon in the Sound, or flossing sockeye. In the case of these trib mouth fisheries, circles may work better because we are using a much slower (painfully slow) retrieve. The grabs (when they finally decide to bite) are also very aggressive. I started using circles after having a few fish inhale flies past the gill rakers and come in bleeding. Haven't had that happen since with a circle hook. Even with the small hook sizes, usually #8, the circle hooks always seem to bury into the corner of the mouth. Never hooked one on the outside corner but I'd say they stick extremely well on taken flies. Landed plenty of fish (including some silvers) in the 6-15lb range on a hook that is more appropriately sized for trout or panfish. The key is NOT setting the hook. Easier said than done since that response is burned into our fishing firmware so to speak. For that reason I have doubts whether they would work as a stinger unless the main hook was also a circle (the decision was made to forego hooksetting completely). Might work great though. If they miss the main hook, the stinger might hang up in the corner as the fish turns away - just like a circle was designed to do. If someone tries this I'd be very interested to hear the results. Either style of hook works, you just need to use them as they are intended. If you go with circles, make a genuine effort to reprogram your hook setting. If you fish them like regular hooks, you'll miss most of your takes. When fishing a circle hook, feel the take, strip in just enough to VERY GENTLY "say hello", and hold tension on the line until you can feel the full weight of the fish. Then, maybe, give it a light tug to fully seat the hook, and of course, hit the "launch button" at the same time.