Fly Tying Hooks

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There are various types of fly tying hooks that you can use for different types of fly patterns. These include small size nymph fly fishing hooks that are used for tying trout flies, as well as larger saltwater fly fishing hooks that are used for tying tube flies.


These include small size nymph fly fishing hooks that are used for tying trout flies, as well as larger saltwater fly fishing hooks that are designed for tying tube flies. Hooks used for this sport are made from various materials such as nickel or stainless steel.

Before you start learning how to make your own flies, it's important that you first buy a fly tying kit that includes all the necessary materials, such as the best fishing hooks. As you improve your skills, you can start replacing the items in the kit with new ones.


There are two types of fly fishing hooks that are commonly used by anglers: barbless and barbed. Barbless hooks are commonly used by those who practice releasing and catching flies. These are designed to be easily removed and do not cause additional harm to the fish.

Tip: Barbed fly fishing hooks can be made barbless by crimping the barb flat using a pair of pliers.


A lightweight wire is used to make these types of fly fishing hooks, which are commonly used for tying dry flies. The eye of these hooks is usually turned down to allow the fly to rest properly on the water's surface. Dry fly hooks are also used for tying patterns such as the Caddis or the Parachute Adams.


For most types of fly patterns, such as the Woolly Buggers and the Clousers, a long-shanked streamer hook is usually used. When tying flies with bulky heads, a wide gap is also recommended.


When using these types of fly fishing hooks for tying nymph patterns, such as the Stonefly or the Mayfly, the hooks are usually made from heavier wire. The longer shanks of these hooks allow them to sink more easily in the water.


Compared to freshwater hooks, saltwater fly fishing hooks are thicker and larger. These are made of either stainless steel or corrosion-resistant materials, which can endure the elements' impact. These types of hooks are commonly used to tie various types of saltwater fishing patterns, such as the pinfish and the crab pattern.

Learn about different types of fishing flies, aquatic insects, and starter fishing flies in our next section.

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