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).