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Posted 01 February 2012 - 09:50 PM
Over 10 years ago I quit tying my flies based on hook size. I did this after reading Hatches II where the bugs were described in mm and inches. With all the different hooks available it made more sense to me to go that route. Once I decided that I started fooling more fish and bigger fish. Fish don't know anything about hook sizes but they know what size the bug should be. I would suggest that it is far more important to know the size of the bug than to know the size of the hook.
I thought you folks might enjoy this little tip.
Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:34 PM
I've got a few folders with photos of flies, these get more updates than my videos:
Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:59 PM
Posted 02 February 2012 - 12:39 AM
As for hooks varying, I agree 100% and I even do it to myself. Rather than tie a size 26 I tie on a 22-2X short so I still have a decent gap. To make matters even worse I tie pretty much all my subsurface flies on scud hooks which are really hard to get an idea of what size they are supposed to be.
I guess all of this is why I would rather know what bug/s the fish are eating than to know what pattern/s someone is using.
If there is one point I am really trying to make it's get to know the bugs and simply tie the appropriate fly on what ever size hook and it what ever way works for you. For me that has been much easier to make sense of.