i often wonder how fish see our flies.
we know that the vast majority of fish can see but we have no exact idea how they see.
constantly intrigued and amazed that they could mistake our imitations or suggestive flies to the point where they’ll feel confident enough to open their mouths, further questioning their visual capabilities… i guess i’m glad they do because fly fishing would become boring really quickly if they never did.
here’s an imaginative and highly inaccurate yet hopefully, visually pleasant rendition of the last second before a fly is taken.
we’ve recently seen the how-to video and today, sent in by friend Alan Bithell is a detailed explanation why it’s way better to crush barbs with the pliers inline with the hook point rather than across. thanks Alan !
for more of Alan’s goodies previously contributed to TLC so far click here. enjoy !
great stuff from ozarkflyflinger with very little to add. i can’t explain why but having the pliers inline with the hook point gives better results with fewer breaks of the barb and a smoother contact between the tip of the barb and the shank.
don’t forget the small pliers-small hook / big pliers-big hook ‘rule’ or you’ll either damage your pliers and/or get mediocre results. one last thing, be sure to apply smooth pressure and not some hard and quick squeeze.
personally, i only tie with factory barbless hooks because the hook design is almost always better at holding fish on than with ‘standard’ designed hooks with crushed barbs but this trick is always good to use when friends give me flies. enjoy !
EDIT– i’m very sorry, folks but the video has been removed and that’s a shame as it was very good. i’m awaiting the author’s response and will repost it back here if he agrees to share it again.
same hook, same hen feather.
one spider has a yellow abdomen and orange head, the other all orange.
i think they’ll make a smashing couple on the water.
hook & hen cape- TroutLine
by Thomas Schreiber
more from the ‘new faces’ series of fly tying videos, this one shows us not only a nice fly but it’s very well explained even though there are no words.
the various methods are straightforward, of special note however is the oh-so simple method of splitting the tail fibers by using a piece of tying thread. my swedo-buddy Jon Hanson showed me this little trick years ago but he usually uses a piece of flash material instead of thread, giving it a little ‘bubble effect’: nice touch.
Thomas gets extra-bonus points for using a barbless hook, a LAW vise (pure jealousy, oh yes… ) and setting this all to a little bouncy tune that matches the female egg-laying dance she does just before passing on to mayfly heaven. enjoy !
but your nymph just rolled over and died.”
not to worry, the little beauty was carefully released after the filming sequence.
or, Catching and Releasing the fisher !
“Don’t worry: Only a tiny bit of flesh is behind the barb. It won’t hurt too much. Clean and bandage.”
needless to say, us less-than-manly barbless hook users don’t have to worry about these things and can giggle silently when it happens to others. if we get a hook inside us, we gently slip it out.
just a reminder that barbless hooks aren’t just good for fish…
via Art of Manliness
a first quick ’emerging’ spider tied with these new hooks from Lucian at trout line.ro
a Maruto Dohitomi D04 BL # 18
1x fine, standard shank, barbless hook. it’s great for dries, light wets and nymphs, emergers and whatever else you can think of !
super-sharp right of the box, the design of this hook looks very promising. dead sexy…
Lucian offers a nice selection of barbless Maruto hooks and they all seem to be flawless.
expect to see a lot more on them here soon.