Fly Tying Hooks

Fly tying hooks are the foundation for your fly tying creations and having the right hook can make the world of difference. We stock a wide range of different sizes, shapes and colours of fly hooks to suit a range of different flies, helping you to create a whole host of patterns, from large predator flies on 4/0 hooks to small delicate dry flies for trout on size 20’s. Hook sizes are determined by the length of the shank and the width of the gape with the general rule being the higher the number, the smaller the hook. The endless shapes, colours and wire gauges of hooks available help the fly tier to create some incredibly life like creations, from small dry mayfly imitations that float on the surface to crab patterns for tropical predators that are designed to be fished on the sand. With barbless and barbed hook options available you can be sure there is a hook available to suit your needs.

Barbed vs. Barbless Hooks Overview:

When it comes to fly tying, the choice between barbed and barbless hooks is a topic of debate among anglers. Both types have their advantages and considerations, and the decision often hinges on personal preferences, regional regulations, and the intended catch and release practices.

What are the advantages of barbed hooks for fly tying?

Barbed hooks are designed with a small protrusion near the point to help keep the fish hooked once it's caught. The main advantages of using barbed hooks in fly tying include:

Higher Hook Retention: The barb prevents the hook from easily slipping out, which can lead to a higher landing rate of fish.

Versatility: They can be used in various fishing scenarios, especially where losing a fish due to a hook slipping out is a concern.

Conversion Possibility: If a situation demands a barbless hook, anglers can easily pinch down the barb using pliers, effectively converting a barbed hook into a barbless one.

What are the advantages of barbless hooks for fly tying?

Barbless hooks are without the protruding barb, offering a smoother point. The primary benefits of using barbless hooks in fly tying include:

Easy Hook Removal: Without a barb, the hook can be removed quickly and with minimal harm to the fish, making them ideal for catch and release.

Reduced Harm: They cause less damage to the fish's mouth, which is crucial for conservation-minded anglers.

Safety for Anglers: If an angler accidentally hooks themselves, a barbless hook is much easier and less painful to remove.

Regulation Compliance: Some fishing regions or specific waters have regulations requiring the use of barbless hooks to promote catch and release.

Which is best for fly tying: barbed or barbless hooks?

The "best" choice largely depends on the angler's intent and the regulations of the area they plan to fish. For those prioritizing fish health and practicing strict catch and release, barbless hooks are the preferred choice. On the other hand, if the aim is to retain the fish or if fishing in scenarios with a high likelihood of the fish shaking off, barbed might be more appropriate. It's always essential to be informed of local regulations and make an ethical decision based on the situation at hand.

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