Flyfishing, flytying and hooks

Akroyd #8/0

A double-winged Akroyd tied on a massive #8/0 (close to #9/0) hook that I got the other day. To tie married wing patterns, or single-wing dee/spey on these massive hooks warrants the very largest of toppings and materials, so I didn’t start out with that, but I’d rather start with double-winged version of the Akroyd. The fly is tied with gut-sub, and is fully gutted, so I *could* take it for a swing next year…. I’ll just have to remember a helmet before I do so.

Akroyd on Flypattern.org:

flyhooks.org – 129 new 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!

The main focus this time was the 20 new Ahrex hook types added (with close to complete size range available), but also 15 new Mustad hooks, Partridge M2, the new companies Kumho, Ashima, Eagle Claw, Turrall and The Fishing Collection.

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!

Traherne: Nepenthian

One author that I hadn’t tied anything from was Traherne: the gaudy patterns, the massive amounts of (rare) feathers and colors everywhere made me stop shy of actually sitting down to tie anything. But: I needed something fresh to tie, something to tie up that I hadn’t done before, and when I stumbled upon a post in Chasing Silver Magazine I figured I was up for the challenge today.

Learning patterns and styles is important, so to get cracking on Traherne I got out a #5/0 iron and got out some substitute feathers to tie a fishing version of the Nepenthian. There are things to pick on, but it is a fly that I’ll use for fishing, so that is the focus when I tie these. Until 2019 though… I’ll get out the splitcane and put it on the end of a long floating line!

Green Highlander – Yasuhiro hook

Yasuhiro Ogasawara is one of the great hookmakers of this time: the profile, bend and barb are all excellent craftmanship. But if you show a range of hooks to anyone it is the gold-leafs on the hook that most people will recognize and immediately associate with Yasuhiro.

A while back Yasuhiro started a Green Highlander project where he ships out two hooks: one for the tyer to tie a GH on, and one for the tyer to keep. I received mine a while back and a few weeks back I finally got the time to sit down and do this GH. I chose to do a rather “fat” version of the GH here – with long body hackle and well picked-out sealsfur in the body. The hook is rather stout, and the dimensions just lent itself to make a fly with a bit more substance in it.

Quite happy with this one: the flow and materials sits in place nicely, the sides are in correct position and I did find toppings that matched. Wished I had a bit better curve on the wing, but that will be for next time.