6 thoughts on “quilled wet

  1. I quite like this ‘minimalist’ series you are posting these days.
    a beginner’s question: lots of you recent flies give the impression of having a very small body with respect to the size of the hook. to my inexperienced eyes, they look like #18 flies tied on #14 hooks.
    is it just the way those fly look, and that’s it? is this hook size choice a consequence of the length of the hackle fibers? or because it’s good to have a small fly and a big hook?
    care to explain a little?

  2. thanks !
    they’re inspired by a traditional style called Spiders or North Country Spiders.
    they’re wet flies and as such (unweighted) are designed to drift just below the water’s surface.
    the hook size will of course be dependent of the size of the imitation but the diameter of the hook wire may also serve as weight to help penetrate the water’s surface tension.
    all other materials are water-absorbent. the soft, webby feathers come from female birds and if there’s dubbing, it’s water-absorbent as well.

    something i’ve recently learned is hook size (in this case bigger or at least bigger gaped) may be of importance as well when trying to exclude hook-ups from the sometimes incessant takes from tiny fish who’s mouths are too small for the bigger hook. this happens a lot in Sweden.

    • forgot… body size may seem small, even anorexic but that’s what a lot of these bugs really look like. most modern flies, even if effective are quite over-dressed.
      anyhow, these little bugs are EXTREMELY effective and it’s a fun way to fish.
      use the search button here and you’ll find videos and all sorts of other info on wet fly fishing.

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