Archive for July 18th, 2010

18
Jul
10

Fly Fishing: Making French Slinky Sighters for Nymphing

SLINKY SIGHTER HOW TO

FLY FISHING REPORTER~Very Good Info on Preparing a Sighter Coil & Czech Nymphing Rig

18
Jul
10

Fly Fishing: Joshua Bergan on the Unhatchers

Remember there are trout edible life forms below the surface that should be carried in your arsenal. Joshua Bergan has a brief, but worthy mention of a few. Yes, the SJW is a ‘fly’ you, dare I say it, must carry.

18
Jul
10

Fly Tying: Dessaigne’s Sublime Motivation

I have pointed the way to Jean Paul Dessaigne’s wonderful work before. If you missed it or have forgotten, here is a pattern to reinvigorate your creativity. If you can’t feel inspired by Dessaigne’s images…then quit tying…hell quit fishing. Perfection in photography, utilization of materials, creativity.

Emerger by Jean Paul Dessaigne

18
Jul
10

Fly tying & Fishing: Hooks From Where?

“amazing speed of penetration…precision tooled…chemically sharpened…hardened and tempered…finest high carbon steel…” Daiichi…Kamasan…Mustad…Tiemco (TMC)…Dia-Rikki…Partridge…Gamakatsu….Varivas…Knapeks…Hanak…Dohiku


If you don’t tie flies, you walk into a shop or order on line and buy a fly based on appearance, appeal or perhaps/hopefully based upon its suitability to match some part of an insects life. You don’t know the hook it is tied on. You may notice the shape of the fly is dictated by the hook’s shape (curved shank v. straight shank). For the most part, you buy the fly and think little about the hook again beyond barbing the hook.

If you tie, you stand in a shop and select hooks or again order on line. The array of brands can be daunting. Most shops limit the selection to three, maybe four choices of brands, each brand offering all the sizes. Which brand to choose? Choose several. Compare the out of the box quality, appearance, and price. A shop owner or guide will recommend hooks. Buy what you can afford and splurge on the more expensive hooks for a special or favorite pattern or two. Cheaper hooks/bargains will often rust in your fly case after you put the fly away.


As your tying progresses, you will settle on favorite styles of hooks that make flies look just right and when coupled with hook ups, there is reinforcement that the hook is great. Probably most hooks will work, but like all food has calories, I prefer to enjoy gaining my calories via certain foods, not just any food. Does that make sense?


My personal favorites: Dry Fly: TMC 100, TMC 102Y     Nymphs: TMC 2302, Mustad 3906 B    Pupa Hooks: Daiichi 1120, 1130    Wet Fly: Daiichi 1310, 1530      Shape, gape size, shank bend, wire size, finish all factor into my decisions. Price? I don’t tie mass quantities. If you do, ask the shop owner how to order larger quantities or research on line. If you progress to a production tier level, you will most likely know how to arrange such purchases.

Saltwater, Salmon, Steelhead, Bass hooks are yet another assortment, with additional brands and components thrown in. Fly tying and fishing has so many areas to study and have fun learning about.




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