Best Fly Tying Hooks

If they’re not careful, a beginner fly tier could spend a lot of money on fly tying hooks. Let’s take a moment to determine the best hooks for you so you don’t waste money on hooks that won’t be used.

First, choose the fly you want to use. Many beginners begin with the very basic patterns such as the Green Weenie or the San Juan Worm. After mastering these patterns, beginners may be able to move on to dry flies such as the Elk Hair Caddis. Only you will know which flies to use.

Next, you need to determine how much you will be tying. This will help you decide how many of each type and size hook you want to buy. Hooks are usually available in packs of 25, 50, or 100. Start small, and buy 25 to 50 packs until your confidence grows.

Let’s take a look at some of the hook types and manufacturers. After that, I will make recommendations. To learn more or make a purchase, click on one of the links below.

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Fly Tying Hook Conversion table

MustadTiemcoCabelasType
9484502Barbless Dry Fly
94840521001Dry Fly
94831521203Dry Fly 2X Long
3906376930Wet Fly/Nymph
3906B376122Wet Fly/Nymph 1X long
9671526223Wet Fly/Nymph 2X long
9672526324Streamer 3X long
967440Streamer 4X long
C67S10526Glo Bug
245725Scud/Shrimp/Pupa/Worm
C49S248720Scud/Shrimp/Pupa/Worm

Let’s now talk about where to begin after you have completed the beginners fly tying hooks tutorial. My humble opinion is that you should start with the Mustad 94840 and Cabelas 01 sizes 14-16 for dry flies. The Mustad 3906 and Cabelas model 30 sizes 12-14 for most nymphs. The Mustad 9672 and Cabelas model 24 sizes 10 and 12 for Woolly Buggers. And the Mustad C49S and Cabelas model are 20 sizes 12 and 14, respectively, for eggs/Glo bugs, scuds, s, and San Juan Worms and s. You can purchase all of these items in a 25 or 50 pack until you are ready to move up.

You will most likely practice catch and release fishing if you are aspiring to be a fly fisherman. To make it easier to release fish, remember to reduce the barbs. Do this before you tie the fly. This is because I have, on rare occasions, broken the point by trying to pinch down the barb and wasted all the time it took me to tie the fly. Continue reading…

Lewis
Lewis Mark is a vastly experienced fly fisher. His encyclopedic knowledge of fly tying has led to start blog on fishing. He also review Fishing equipment based on his knowledge and experience.