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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-23-2020, 06:46 AM Thread Starter
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sz 28 ridiculousness

I don't recall how it started. For some reason people send me hooks in ridiculous microscopic sizes and want to see my struggle.

I think a couple of years ago, I attempted some full dress classics on sz 6-8 hooks which turned out okay. Since then, a few friends have sent me hooks even smaller. Of course I tied on them...apparently small hooks are used when conditions warrant for salar. But most of the wee hooks I was gifted were from sizes 6-10 (blind-eyes) - still pretty plausible to tie a full dress in hand.

SLSS sent me a sz 24 with his Quarantine Challenge this Covid spring and that was a bear to tie on. I didn't think I could go any smaller and it satisfied my curiosity. 24 is as small as anyone can tie a proportionate fly in hand. Well...

A friend, Marc LeBlanc, messages me that he has a package heading my way: "a half dozen sz 28 hooks" and in the dreaded up-eye bend.

Really...this is a useless thread. And the hook really won't serve anyone's purpose but only to dispel my curiosity if it is possible to tie a decent fly in hand on such a ridiculous hook size.

It's a Chimney Sweep from Francis Francis

I stuck to using silk tying thread (a modern nano thread would probably be easier and cleaner for a smaller head...but I wouldn't have been happy with that).

Just a little larger than the head of a Chimney Sweep that went to Fly Fishing Collaborative.

This should be the last of my wetfly posts until late fall (unless I hook a steelhead on one of the small ones SLSS gave me).


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Oh man that's just insane!

To see the difference against that 3/0 is incredible. I bow in you general direction out of respect of your skills.

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Sz 28...

Well Adrian,
Perhaps Sir Edmond Hillary's rejoinder is the most appropriate comment here: "because it was there..."
I'd fish it but I'm not sure how you'd sink it into the run.
Hope its a good season for you-we all need it.
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Amazing skill 👍
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Absolutely bonkers ...

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Amazing skill!!

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That was not a bad cast. I was just casting to the nearby fish.
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I got nothing- your skills are at another level!
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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-23-2020, 10:40 AM
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Perhaps someone can send you some size 32 to tie. I have trouble seeing a 28, wouldn't even attempt to tie one. You did a beautiful job at tying it.
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I admire your patience!

these little hooks do get used as is shown in the following:
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That’s impressive!!!! I don’t think I could even hold a hook that small yet try and tie a fly in hand on one! Well done!!!
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You are such a nutter. Well played, my friend.
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North Platte River. August. Trico hatch and spinner fall. Big browns. 6X. Maybe 7.

Long ago I was a bit of a local hero when I tied two tricos on a single size 18 hook for the Orvis shop in Denver. Worked better than singles and you could actually land some of the fish you hooked.

Adrian, you are obsessed, and we are blessed that you are and yes, even that insane, tiny fly, could catch a fish - just not a steelhead. (well, maybe a smolt, which don't count).
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post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-24-2020, 07:54 AM
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pretty cool adrian . i think you should send rick (slss) a piece of postage stamp size tissue paper and have him do a landscape ! turnabout is fair play .
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