Today I’m introducing a new site that I wished was available when I started tying flies a while back: flyhooks.org
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.
With flyhooks.org I have taken the hooks I have, measured them, taken photos and created a site for them where you can get a closer look at different hooks and their properties. Not all hooks have pictures, but I’ll keep adding as I get my hands on more (contact me if you have spare – in any size). The plan is to build up a good database of hooks that are available now, and that have been available earlier. The information about a lot of the hooks is as good as I can get them, so I’ll keep updating and refining the data.
flyhooks.org is connected to flytyer.org: when you add patterns there you can choose company, hook and size from the ones registered on flyhooks.org. Once registered the pattern will show up on flyhooks.org with a link back to the pattern: see TMC 100BL for a example. This makes it possible to not only see how the hook looks like, but also how a pattern with that hook will be.
I’m not done developing flyhooks.org yet, but I’m getting this out there now so that I can get input from you on features you would like to see: use the contact form on the site or send me a comment here on what could be interesting to have on the site.