Video: Understanding Hook Sizes


Last year, we launched a new series of videos called “One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques” from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions. Each video will teach a single tying skill, from the most basic to the advanced. Ultimately, the series will serve as a sort of encyclopedia of tying skills that will be a valuable resource for anyone who sits down at a vise to create a fly.

When a recipe calls for a hook of a specific size, how is that size determined? As Tim explains, this is a question without a clear answer, as there is no industry standard. What is consistent, though, is the relative relationships among hook sizes: the bigger the number, the smaller the hook, except once you get larger than a size 1. So the difference between a size 2 and a size 2/0 is important.

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