Working through the Shannon series from Blacker: here the number 6, on a Mustad 80500-NPBL #5/0. Currently working on a set of Blacker flies, all tied without any cites material, and all tied for fishing.
Reading through the Blacker books I find patterns and information that I set aside and tie up when time permits it. The Brora 1. is a good example of a pattern for fishing: slim body, sparse wing and the overall feel of the pattern makes it something to tie up both in larger, but also in smaller sizes for low-water and small rivers up north.
Just over 2 years ago I started flyhooks.org because I could not find information about hooks:
When I first started out I didn’t know much about hooks, or material for that matter, so I went to the local shops, bought some hooks, got online and saw the multitude of different hooks was available. But the hooks was always displayed in a box, or without a proper close-up, I couldn’t figure out their exact property, so I ended up buying lots of different hooks to test them out and get a feel of how they were.
Over these two years I’ve had people and companies sending me hooks from all over the place: France, Canada, UK, Sweden and many other places! I’ve received envelopes with just a single hook traveling a very long way, envelopes with no sender, one with just a stamp indicating that it was sent from a certain country, boxes of hooks from people that really like the idea of what flyhooks.org is all about and many more…..
What started as a itch to scratch because there were no information grew quickly, and last night I added the 1000th individual hook picture to flyhooks.org! This could not have been made possible without all the contributions, so: thank you all that have contributed so far!
There are currently: 42 companies and 721 hook types with 3791 hook sizes. Of these I have registered 431 hook types with image and a total of 1008 hook sizes with image.
Some notable things:
- A.Jensen being the first that sent me samples of all their hooks and sizes
- Longest with 8.2cm: Partridge CS15
- Thickest wire with 1.63mm: Mustad B-17
- Thinest wire with 0.22mm: Varivas 2300
- Biggest gape with 2.1cm: Ahrex PR380
- Deepest throat with 1.8cm: Ahrex PR350
- Most sizes with 19: Maruto 3435
- Most hook sizes with image (8): TMC100
- Streamers365.com sending me so many unique streamers
Lately I have added a section on books and one on hook cards. Coming soon will be more search and filtering and insight into hook dimensions and what is common among all the hooks. And I still haven’t started taking pictures of my doubles and trebles, they will come :)
Thanks again for all that have participated, and the job is not done: keep sending me hooks and I’ll put them up on flyhooks.org
I have added a new section to flyhooks.org: Books
I have tried to gather all the books I have on hooks, and books that covers hooks for specific purposes in parts of the book. I’m always on the lookout for more information, so drop me a line if you have any information about more books!