This winter I have worked on a new project to preserve historic flypatterns and information: flypattern.org
It has been live for a little while now, so head over to the http://flypattern.org/about section for a introduction to the site and why I have built it.
Got a couple of orders for Jock Scott – to be fished here in Norway. One of them was a specific request: a standard JS, but with a heron hackle instead of the called-for black hackle. I think it turned out very good, and I now need to tie up a couple of this variant for my Gaula fishing in July!
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:
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
Jock Scott is one of those patterns that made me want to tie classics in the first place, and it is still one of those patterns that catch my eye whenever I see it.
Hope to get together a side in my box with JS this winter for the fishing season next year, got to start early!