In 1990 Jim Lepage and the Orvis Co. designed and patented the original "Big Eye" hook. The original big eye was a straight eyed dry fly hook with an oversize eye (Daiichi 1110) to ease the threading of tippets. Style #1100 was introduced in 1994, and is the same basic design as to 1110 except it is the down-eyed version, which is more popular for dry flies
The hooks are made of the finest high-carbon steel, which is hardened and tempered to an exacting formula that makes for a long point life and a very strong hook. Daiichi hooks use a 12-degree constant taper ground needle point eliminating irregularities in shape, assuring no weak spots, & gives amazing speed of penetration..