On flyhooks.org I have collected a lot of hooks: now counting more than 1100 images of different hooksizes. Having these as a reference is of great help to the many that now visit the site every day, but there is always more to help with the identification or history of the hooks.
The boxes where the hooks come in is a history of its own: when did a hook come on the market, was it in a different batch than before, what material did the box come in (paper, plastic, hard-box or soft), what was the original writing on the box and much more. I’ve been collecting these as well as just hooks, so today I’ve uploaded 109 images of hook boxes to flyhooks.org
I look at this as a natural part of the history of the hooks, and include both old and new boxes (today’s boxes will at one point be of historical interest). I have more boxes (mostly more recent) yet to be photographed, but I’m starting with the first 100+ today.
I will try to create separate entries for the hooks for the different batches of hooks where the hook has evolved from one package to the other, to see if there are differences in the hook itself when it comes to where it comes from.
The URL is http://flyhooks.org/boxes and is linked to from the frontpage of flyhooks.org in addition to be a part of the “Other” menu point at the top of the page.
And yes: there will be one more thing… but I’ll save that to another day ;)
These are not sewed together with thread, but rather laminated on the sheet of paper. Some of them do have a bit of rust because the points and barbs have cut the laminated plastic and humidity have entered to the hooks.
flyhooks.org was launched in October 2015, just over 3 years ago, and back in January this year it crossed 1000 pictures of hooks, a great milestone after just over 2 1/2 years in operation!
This is a project that is best suited for autumn and winter: away from the fishing season and something to do when days grow short here in Norway. This year was no different, but I have been receiving hooks through the fishing season and now it was time to add these to the collection. Today 129 new hook pictures and 5 new companies are live on flyhooks.org, making it a total of 1137 hook pictures!
Thanks to everyone that have contributed to this endeavor! I could not have done this without the help of countless people and companies from around the world! If you got hooks you want to share: please let me know. I’m also planning to take pictures of the hook boxes, so if you have empty ones I would much appreciate a donation!
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
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