Video: Understanding the “X Factor” of Fly Hooks


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.

Over the past few weeks, Tim has discussed the anatomy of a fly-tying hook and how to understand hook sizes. In today’s video, he explains what all those X’s mean, as in when a hook is described as “1X-fine, 2X short.” It turns out that those X’s describe three different aspects of a hook, so it’s kind of important that you know what’s what.

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