If you have read my earlier post about My Golden Rules of Carp fishing you will know that I believe a sharp hook is of great importance.
I think that hook choice is a very personal thing and I would say that it has a lot to do with confidence more than anything else.
As for pattern choice my general rule of thumb is Fang X for pop ups in a size 7 and a size 8 when using braid inside a solid PVA bag. For bottom baits I use the Twister again in a size 7.
The Nash hooks are very strong and I have never had one snap or straighten out which I have experienced with other brands of hooks. I have to admit that they are one of the sharpest hooks straight out of the packet I have ever used; I think that in over 3 years of using them I have only ever taken one hook out of the packet that I have discarded for not being as sharp as it should be. They are finished with a non-glare coating which I think only makes a real difference to my own confidence rather than if it would deter a fish or not from taking the bait. According to the Nash website it is a frictionless coating which allows better penetration, does this really make a difference? I really do not know and has not ever been a reason as to why I love these hooks.
The only real negative I have is the price; at around £5 for ten they are rather expensive when you compare them to say Korda Kurv shanks at just under £4 per packet. For me though it is a price I am willing to pay for razor sharp strong hooks that do exactly what I ask of them time and time again.