Archive for December 6th, 2009

06
Dec
09

Fly Tying Sizing (mm to inches..fly size and bead size)

You will often see the size of a fly represented in hook size or in mm’s. I have never easily adjusted to metric and have a rough sense of flies in the 5mm to 60mm range. But, I need to actually see the graph to be sure. I enclose these charts for visuals, realizing you will refer to a ruler, etc.

Bead Chart to Left, courtesy of Wingaersheek Flies

Example:

Natural Insect: Black Winter Stonefly (Family: Capniidae)

Imitation: Black Elkhair Caddis

Hook Size: 18-22

So, notice a 5mm fly is about the equivalent of a size 18 to 22  hook. Many references world wide will always utilize mm references for insect size, pattern size, bead size or compare hook size (standard references) to an insect size (in mm’s)

PRESCOTT FLY FISHERS HATCH INFORMATION

06
Dec
09

‘fly tying ain’t easy’ (you’re not alone….find that kit and tie away the Winter months)

For a good 20 minutes.

That’s how long it took to Super Glue bits and pieces of duck feather wings to both my thumbs, spill a bag of #6 hooks on the carpet, and string several dozen yards of thread around the living room. Plus, in the course of ‘relaxing’ with my hobby I managed to terrorize my children with an assortment of yells and screams associated with the frustration of trying to create rather poorly designed flies of such quality they wouldn’t fool a carp.

I gave up after figuring out the cost of store-bought flies, coming to the realization they were more affordable than blood-pressure medication. I put the kit back in the attic.

That’s right, I kept the kit. After all, you can’t just throw this stuff away.”   (Darrell Pendergrass, Superior Telegram)

06
Dec
09

Fly Tying Tutorials

Sometime ago, I pointed toward a WSU TV series (@ KWSU) for fly tying. At the time, I could only find seasons 2-4. I notice season 5 is available in part. I will point the way and you can dig a bit deeper for… (see comment section)

FLY TYING: THE ANGLER’S ART

Past Seasons of Fly Tying: The Angler’s Art




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