Fly Tying Hooks: How to Choose The Right Type and Size


The hook is the key part of any fly. Choose the right hook and your fly will both look and behave the way you want it to.

Choose the wrong hook and many issues tend to develop. For example dry flies that sink because the hook is too heavy, flies that have the wrong proportions and in the worse case, hooks that pull because they are too fine for the strength of the fish your are pursuing.

Fly Tying Hook Sizes and Types

Fly tying image, black spinner with foam post, macro 

We have written a big piece on fly tying hook sizes, which we recommend all fly tyers who are starting out read in full.

We have also designed our very own hook search tool and database that gives you the ability to choose the right hook type and size for a variety of patterns and obtain equivalents to a range of hook types across a range of different hook brands including:


  • Rick Wallace is a passionate angler and fly fisher whose work has appeared in fishing publications including FlyLife. He is a regular on fly fishing podcasts and appeared in the international fly fishing film Predator.

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