Even with winter upon us here in Norway the season is getting closer, and every so often I get a order of classics to fish with. I enjoy tying these since I know they will swim in a river, chasing silver somewhere in Scandinavia!
When tying for fishing I make sure to enforce the fly to make it as fishable and durable as I can: a bit of superglue to get the but to sit correctly, reverse-hackle the bodyhackle, a few extra turns with well waxed thread to make sure the wing will sit where it is supposed to, and: substitutes for many of the materials.
The body veiling is Swan, Crow is Ken Sawada substitute and I use Kingfisher instead of chatterer.
On flyhooks.org I have collected a lot of hooks: now counting more than 1100 images of different hooksizes. Having these as a reference is of great help to the many that now visit the site every day, but there is always more to help with the identification or history of the hooks.
The boxes where the hooks come in is a history of its own: when did a hook come on the market, was it in a different batch than before, what material did the box come in (paper, plastic, hard-box or soft), what was the original writing on the box and much more. I’ve been collecting these as well as just hooks, so today I’ve uploaded 109 images of hook boxes to flyhooks.org
I look at this as a natural part of the history of the hooks, and include both old and new boxes (today’s boxes will at one point be of historical interest). I have more boxes (mostly more recent) yet to be photographed, but I’m starting with the first 100+ today.
I will try to create separate entries for the hooks for the different batches of hooks where the hook has evolved from one package to the other, to see if there are differences in the hook itself when it comes to where it comes from.
The URL is http://flyhooks.org/boxes and is linked to from the frontpage of flyhooks.org in addition to be a part of the “Other” menu point at the top of the page.
And yes: there will be one more thing… but I’ll save that to another day ;)
“The Spey Tyer” group on facebook have the concept of “New shanks day” where new patterns are presented and given as a challenge for the community to tie up. I enjoy these as they are digging up patterns that I wouldn’t normally go for immediately, and you get to see the different interpretations of the same pattern.
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.