This autumn I have been cataloging and photographing hook sale cards for flyhooks.org – cards that was used for presenting hooks when salesrepresentatives travelled around from shop to shop to sell hooks (and other goods)
The cards have been added to each hook type and linked to from the hook card list above. More will come as I’m done processing them, stay tuned and revisit the hook card list if you are interested in old Mustad hook cards!
Today another 29 Mustad boxes (and the corresponding hooks) was added to flyhooks.org. With this addition there now are over 600 different hook types that have a image (and a total of 1537 hook sizes that have a image)
I have also added small thumbnails on the boxes page, making the browsing experience a bit more visual than before.
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.
Now I know a little bit more about hooks, but the amount of hooks out there is growing, and the vintage hooks available are still in a very high number, so I keep adding them to flyhooks.org!
Today a milestone was crossed: 1500 individual hooks have been photographed, measured and added to the site, and it was Mustad 3901 that got the honour to do so. This comes together with about 50 new Mustad hook boxes that also have been added this weekend.
flyhooks.org have evolved over time, now there are books, boxes, to gut, cards (more to come there really soon!) and even a hook making page! With time I guess more information and insight will come, but for now: Thanks to everyone that have contributed to the site: from 1 to many – they are all important to get the history of hooks documented!
Both of the variants have the same basic features: body of divided berlin wool, black front-hackle and a topping wing. Kelson calls for Macaw in tail and for horns, but here I use blue swan instead, not as stiff as Macaw, and not quite the color, but for these flies (that go into the fishing box) I wanted to use up some 2nd grade topping and try to tie up some quick and fishable patterns without the need for all the materials called for.