Hook comparison tool
Hook search tool
Tool replaces the old fly hook comparison charts
Thanks for using our fly tying hook search tool, database and online store. Some info on how to use it is below.
Fly tying hook brands
We’ve uploaded more than 160 of the best quality fly hooks from leading brands including Ahrex, Daiichi, Dai-riki, Mustad, Eagle Claw, Gamakatsu, Kamasan, Tiemco (TMC) and Orvis. (Contact us if there is brand you think we should add.)
The database, drawn from the manufacturers’ fly hook comparison charts, includes dry fly hooks, nymph hooks, streamer hooks, saltwater hooks and salmon/steelhead hooks and even jig style hooks from these manufacturers. The tool includes a wide variety of hook eye alignments, hook lengths, hook strengths for all the major hook types.
How to find an equivalent hook
For this you need our Fly Fishing Hook Comparison Tool (the top one of the two search tools). No more trying to track down the right fly hook comparison chart. We’ve made the tool as easy as possible to use – just choose the brand you are looking for first then the hook model number and it will return that hook as well as it’s closest equivalents in the other brands. Feel free to buy through the links provided and support further development of these tools.
Think of it as a hook store with no need to rely on a shop assistant or a hook chart – all the information can be accessed right here via phone or device. In most cases there will be at least three alternatives, but please recognise some hooks are unique to a particular brand.
How to find hooks for a particular type of fly
Use the Hook Search Tool to choose the type of fly you want to tie. Hit enter and the tool will return a list of hooks that are suitable for this fly type sorted by brand. Most searches will return hooks from a decent variety of brands. Please buy via the links and support the further development of these tools.
What about hook sizes?
Our retails often have these hooks in a wide range of sizes. Click through from the hook image in the results and it will take you an approved stockist and select your size.
Why you should buy these hooks through us
As we have said, feel free to simply click through on the images to purchase these hooks from one of our affiliate partners. We’d appreciate this as we earn a small commission (at no cost to you) and that helps us to recoup the cost of building the tool. We are also investigating finding a supplier to offer special prices to users of the tool. Watch this space for more on that.
We welcome feedback on the tool, so feel free to contact us with suggestions, any errors you’ve picked up or anything else you want to let us know about. Please recognise that when we talk about equivalence we are talking about the closest practical equivalent that we can find and some hooks from one manufacturer don’t always line up exactly with the categories used by another. There are judgement calls we’ve had to make, and no doubt there will be few errors that will need to be ironed out. The intention is to provide a practical alternative across a range of brands rather than a hook that is identical to the one inputted.
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