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Old 08-24-2007, 10:36 PM
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i have been tying my own flies now for about a month, and they have been working. I've caught trout on homemade wooly buggers, and parachute adams. The only thing is have a problem with is sizing my hooks. I don't know how to size them, what do ineed to do this and where can i get it.
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Not sure if this helps, but here's a site that may be of use to you:

Conversion Chart For Fly Hooks from Mustad, Tiemco, Daiichi, Eagle Claw and Partridge

I haven't really had time to look at the rest of their stuff, but the conversion chart was something I thought may be good to have down the road.

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doogiexiv,

I am not quite sure what you are asking. Do you have hooks you don't know the size? Or, you don't know what size hook to use when tying a fly. Here is a little gauge that can be handy for sizes 4 to 16. You can mount it on the vise shaft if you want. It will also help size your hackle.

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That little hook/hackle guide is a must in my opinion. I use to use the Hackle guide a lot when I started. Know I just know.
If you are asking about what size hook to make a wooly bugger......anything you want. You can make one on a 2/0 or you can make one on a 16. Depends on what you want to use it for. My favorit fly and the one I caught the BIGGEST fish of my life on is a #12 or #14 Wooly in Black/Brown varigated Chenille with Brown Grizzly Hackle and a Copper marabou tail. I think it is being taken as a nymph.
The only suggestion I can give you on hooks is for DRIES use a hook made for that (thin, light wire) and believe it or not, I use STREAMER hooks for all my nymphs and bait fish immitations (makes it easier on storage) And of course SCUD hooks for scuds, or my Tadpole LOL.
You also have fancy San Juan worm hooks, swimming hooks, Up Eye, Straight Eye (for Stimulators and Sofa Pillows).
The more you tie, the more these will make sence.
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