I've always measured on my Griffin guage, and tied. Most of my hooks are
Mustad, but I do sometimes use Tiemco. I don't use Tiemco often because
I think they're brittle, but maybe that's just me....
I bought a bunch of Whiting 100 packs last year. The shop I had a zillion
100's, and little in the way of necks and saddles. I was at another shop last
week, and bought a full brown Whiting Silver saddle, cuz it was $48. When I
got home, I found a 1/4 Whiting Silver saddle in brown that I bought sometime
in the past year, so I'm really
set with brown for a while.
paid $22 for the 1/4 Silver saddle, so I guess that was another bargain buy
that I just forgot about.
Tying parachute style was something I started doing a few years ago, but
someone at a shop told me they like to go one size over with the hackle.
That was when I started using the Griffin guage on 100's. I can tie a #16
Para Adams with #16 Whiting 100 hackle, and it looks dandy. The Whiting
and Griffin guages are way different, and I have used the hook gap to measure hackle before. Maybe it's because I'm cheap, and wonder if I wasted
my money on the Griffin guage. That thing was $7...LOL!!!!