Micro Fly Tying Geekness…

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Re-Stocking…and yeah, you just checked out my package. Get over it…

Damn, those guys from Daiichi know how to make a fine hook! Re-stocking my hook supplies this week ready for a line of upcoming fly tying demos and orders has seen me revert to my alter-ego ‘Hook Geek’. It appears to be a normal thing in fly tying circles…pull out a fresh pack of hooks, a rooster saddle or a certain thread, and everyone in the room goes rosey eyed and will try every trick to get their mitts on your ‘gear’…so to speak.

Still, the world of fly tying is full of you weirdos. I say ‘you’ and not ‘us’ as I’m fine. I’m normal. Honest. I’m not? Damn.

The Daiichi 1110 is a fantastic hook for small upwing dry fly patterns, quite close in design to TMC’s 100/101 model, but with a slightly thinner gauge and shorter hook-shank. The 1110 comes in a wide range of sizes, of which I only tend to order the smaller sizes. Perfect for micro-tying.

The Daiichi 1270, another sexy model, is perfect for midge larva/pupa. Even in small/micro sizes, it’s quite thick gauge allows the pattern to sink well. Add a tiny tungsten bead, and they’ll sink like rocks. Well, rocks which weigh the same as a 1270 loaded with a tiny tungsten bead…but let’s not get pedantic.

If there was ever a hook model I’d consider marrying, it’d probably be Varivas’ 2200BL-B. Yeah, that’s right, you heard it here first. Sure, I mean it’d probably look stupid in a wedding dress and any intimate relations would result in a visit to my local hospital, but look at it! Sexy as hell. This is my go-to hook for my chironomid emerger pattern, and I’d feel a little weird tying this pattern on any other hook model. It’d feel like cheating.

Lastly, Varivas’ 2300 (Ultra Midge) model is another one of those hooks which, upon opening a fresh pack, always gets a sigh of happiness. Simple things my friends. Simple things. It’s becoming a little more difficult to source TMC’s 518 model in size #32 these days (a hook model steeped in mountains of small fly history), so whenever I’m unsuccessful in restocking this pattern, I instantly fall back on Varivas’ 2300, and a damn fine hook it is in it’s own right. Light in gauge and perfect for micro spinners and even midge pupa, this is a hook to be reckoned with! Note – Just be careful how much pressure you apply whilst tying or playing a fish…

That’s all for today’s fly tying geekness. Tomorrow we’ll be discussing how cool bobbin holders really are…

Chironomid Emerger (#24) tied on a Varivas 2200BL-B
Chironomid Emerger (#24) tied on a Varivas 2200BL-B...

Sparkle Midge (#24) tied on a Varivas 2200BL-B
Sparkle Midge (#24) tied on a Varivas 2200BL-B...

Chironomid Midge Pupa (#22) tied on a Daiichi 1270
Chironomid Midge Pupa (#22) tied on a Daiichi 1270...

Caenis Spent Spinner (#30) tied on a Varivas 2300 (Ultra Midge)
Caenis Spent Spinner (#30) tied on a Varivas 2300 (Ultra Midge)...

Caenis Spent Spinner (#32) tied on the legendary small fly hook, the TMC 518
Caenis Spent Spinner (#32) tied on the legendary small fly hook, the TMC 518...

Griffith’s Gnat (#28) tied on a Varivas 2300 (Ultra Midge)
Griffiths Gnat (#28) tied on a Varivas 2300 (Ultra Midge)...

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