Today I tried tying a classic Catskill Style dry fly on a size 14, dry fly hook. I have tied this style fly on the nymph Dohiku hooks, and they look great, as you can see in my post of a few days ago - the Royal Wulff. Here's the Red Quill I tied today on the dry fly hook:
You can see the hook shank to hook gap ratio is on the short side for this style, and the shank begins to curve well before the bend, unlike the traditional dry fly hook. But not so much that the fly shouldn't perform well, it just looks different on this hook. Other style dries I tied on the hook look better to me than they do on the traditional dry hook - snowshoe rabbit duns and emergers and thorax style. I'll post some pics of those after I recharge the battery in the camera...most likely after I return from Beantown later this week.
And here's a pheasant tail soft-hackle I tied on a small dry fly hook - #16. Looks great, and I'm guessing it will fish great. The hooks are very well made, strong and sharp.....you know how I like sharp hooks!
I'm going to keep tying on these hooks, and I can't wait to fish them. I'm thinking they may become my go-to hook for a lot of my patterns.
You can get the hooks from Kevin Compton at Performance Flies. Look him up and give him a ring, he's got the goods. Just leave some for me.
Here's the link: Performance Flies
Go get 'em, and sharpen those hooks!