Snelled Hooks Flies vs. Eyed Hook Flies
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Snelled Hooks Flies vs. Eyed Hook Flies

Snelled Hooks Flies vs. Eyed Hook Flies


Snelled Hooks Flies vs. Eyed Hook Flies

Snelled Hooks Flies vs. Eyed Hook Flies

Most of the tackle dealers now supply the most popular trout flies dressed on eyed-hooks, that is, without snells. This style of fly is constantly increasing in use among expert anglers for many good reasons. As Hooks a general thing when using flies whipped to snells the first part to wear out is the gut at the head of the fly, when the fly itself, no matter how well preserved, is no longer of any use. Flies on eyehooks may be carried in greater quantity and lesser space than the ordinary sort. For the flies on snells, if they are carried in any quantity —and they usually must be — a bulky fly-book is necessary. But a large number of eyed-flies may be carried on clips in a small metal box. The custom of tying flies on eyed-hooks is not a new thing but recently their use has grown more universal. English dry flies, as above noted, are dressed in this way.

Personally I do not use the eyed flies for trout because I am too used to the other kind and do not care to change; and, doubtless, many anglers feel the same way about it. It seems to me, too, that the proper field for the eyed-hook fly is where only one fly is used. Where more than one fly is used, which is almost always the case except in waters so well stocked that mere trout catching ceases to be an object, it is necessary for the leader to have two or three dropper snells tied in or the flies must be previously snelled before attaching them. (Why do not the tackle dealers, since the wearing qualities of the eyed-hook fly and its other good points are beyond need of proof, furnish regularly their trout flies with snells tied-in instead of whipped-on? Is it barely possible that the reason is because, then, they would not sell so many flies?) The angler who knows how to tie leaders and snells should have no trouble in handling the eyed-flies. Also, it is possible to buy at the tackle shops looped snells for use with eyed flies.

To use eyed flies it is necessary to know how to attach them to the leader end or snell. The method most in use for turned down eyed hooks is known as the "jam knot”. It is as simple as efficient. To attach a fly by this method, pass the end of the leader or snell through the eye of the fly toward the bend in the hook, bend back this end along the main strand of the snell and tie a half-hitch around the main strand without drawing tight; slip the half hitch loop along and down the snell and just over the eye of the hook, and then pull tight. Finally cut off the gut end as close as may be consistent with safety.

Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.

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