First let me say that I am a mustad man. Have been for years. The new signature hooks are of superb quality. This does not mean I only use mustad, I am Primarily a Daiichi man, them babies are sharp! I really dig Montana fly hooks, and am looking forward to trying more models out. I also think sabers are fantastic for the money.
Now the Mustad c49s. I love this hook for my flash back scuds, and hoglouses in size 10-14. The size 16s and 18s come in handy all around. The wire is a standard gauge. Which means you can use them for dries. I believe they go all the down to a 28. The wire starts getting pretty thin at a 20.
I tied and used several size 22 J.E.U. Trico emergers recently. I felt I should post about this as I don't want anyone to lose there 20-20 club fish. The other day fishing the morning tricos, with my buddy Mad Man Steve. I had a nice wild brown take the J.E.U. Trico emerger. I set the hook, the hook set, felt the weight, and pop, the hook popped. Inspected the Fly and the hook was bent. Bummer. I used several other j.e.u. trico emergers on the same hooks and didn't have an issue. Now Mad Man was fishing a 24 or 26 c49s and didn't have any issues.
My overall review of this hook is excellent. I really dig the bend of this hook. It sets and penetrates very well. Stays sharp, bouncing bottom, and hooking fish after fish. I recommend this hook and I will continue to use them.