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Ive been slacking on this site and never post anymore. Had a good summer fishing but now no regular fishing for 8 months! Tying will keep me sane (errr insane is more realistic)

Heres 3 flies: the black dog (from francis francis), the gled wing and the gordon. All tied in hand (one at a time, phone wont let me post all at once). I will need a longer heronish claret hackle for the black dogs throat next time.

Ive been really lucky to be able to aquire many special materials such as different macaws and parrots, old tinsels etc. from bird owners and friends. i want to fish with these, but they deserve a proper looking salmon hook, and most salmon hooks i find seem to be geared more towards show. My question is: have you guys ever fished with partridge extra long barleets, adlington and hutchinson, or gaelic supreme hooks? I trust mustad, alec jackson, daichi etc for the right temper/sharpness, but ive never fished with the more expensive hooks much, should i trust them to not break or bend?

Thanks alot!
Andrew
 

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Man those are intensely beautiful and spot on! Well tied.

I mainly fish with AJs and have no problem with them.

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The Partridge extra long Bartleets (I assume you mean the HE2 model that is no longer made) and the Gaelic Supreme hooks are good fishing hooks too. I have no idea how the Adlington and Hutchinson hook fishes. It is a hook I don't like the looks of, so I've never tied on them.
 

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Beautiful work! Wow! As far as hooks, I really hope the partridge bartleets are worth fishing cause I've recently tied probably 50 flies that are in the fishing boxes on them! :Eyecrazy:
 

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Some very fine work shown here , nicely done !!

I've had no issues with any of the hooks in the Partridge line up , or in the Gaelic Supreme's either .
The old stock HE2's seem to have more "spring" than other hooks of this style from other manufacturers , but no issues at all .
I've had a bad batch of Daiichi 2091's . Lost 4 fish one morning that fell for a Balmoral . The shank let go just before the bend , right after the tag in every case . The flies were all tied in hand , so there was no pressure on the iron from vise jaws .

Nice wings on the Gled . Gledwing has a deep rich red-brown colour , often found with tiny black markings from the base of the feather to about mid-point . Sometimes having muted colour in the tip section or even white .
I've been gifted with a few feathers from a friend :):)

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Nice. Three very classy flies for sure.

The Gaelic Supreme Harrison Bartleet Dee and Long Dee 1/0 I have fished without issues. I can recommend those two.
 

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The hooks in this pic have always been too soft (bending out easily, dulling, etc.) for me. The barbs dont pinch well, and they look awful on anything other than a long hackled "spey" fly (IMO, of course).

Ive never fished the he2 extra long barleets, but in my hand they seem springy but not like they will bend out, the barb pinches nicely, and are very sharp. Just hoping the same thing doesnt happen while fishing these. I like the look of them on dees.

Btw, thanks for all the comments on the flies! :)
 

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