HOOKS

by Fly Fisherman

Many authors have delved into this subject very thoroughly and have presented their findings in elaborate passages explaining the whys and wherefores of hooks for fly tying. I can only say I agree with most of ‘em. To save your time this chapter will be brief and I hope will not leave you in a confused state of mind as to which hook to use.

Personally I like the Norwegian Mustad hooks in preference to English and French makes. In this I could be in error but I’ve tried a lot of them.If tying wet flies or nymphs use a hook with “Regular” wire preferably with the ball eye but a tapered eye is not too much lighter in weight to serve satisfactorily if “Regular” wire is used. If tying dry flies use a hook with finer wire designated as “Fine,” “2X Fine” or “3X Fine,” with tapered eye. The use of either a turned down or turned up eye is an opinion matter. Both tie up equally well. A turned down eye is still preferred by many tiers but I’m sure this is only a habit complex. The trend is becoming stronger for turned up eye hooks in all sizes.

 The reason for this is that the fly is as easily tied, there is no difference in its action at the end of a leader (in dry fly fishing there’s always an exasperating scrap or loop of leader sticking up anyway from the fly to the immersed section) and with the turned up eye there is a very visible “BETTER BITE” between the point where the eye turns (up or down) and the actual point of the hook.

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