Short Bio of Lee Wulff

Written by Cameron Larsen

For those of us who sometimes think about fly fishing beyond catching fish, Lee Wulff is no stranger. By all accounts Lee Wulff was accomplished at whatever he set his sights on. When I read about Lee Wulff, I am reminded of how life should be lived, fully. An artist trained in Paris, he was renowned for his meticulous attention to detail and amazing finger dexterity. Those of us who fly fish owe a great deal to this man, and we are lucky that he chose fly fishing as one of his passions.

Undoubtedly Wulff is most well known for his Wulff series of flies. The classic harwing series all started withrepparttar Royal Wulff, he adapted fromrepparttar 140981 Royal Coachman. Wulff also inventedrepparttar 140982 White Wulff and Gray Wulff, and as most us now know there is a whole series of Wulff patterns. The great thing about classics isrepparttar 140983 imitations they spawn.

As great asrepparttar 140984 Wulff series is, we should probably be more thankful for his inspiration of catch and release. In 1936 Wulff was quoted as saying, "game fish are too valuable to be only caught once." And thus catch and release was born. Not fond of hatchery fish, Wulff knew that native fisheries could not be duplicated in concrete vats. Wulff pioneered through conservation groups, and his writingsrepparttar 140985 idea, that we are all responsible forrepparttar 140986 future of fisheries. A concept that took sometime to catch on worldwide, and something we as fly fisherman are never done being concerned with.

A Primer on Fly Tying Hooks

Written by Cameron Larsen

At first glance, and well maybe even at second glance fly tying hook sizes can be confusing. They have not onlyrepparttar size number attached to them but then they have all those x numbers following them. So they come out reading size 12, 1x short, 1x fine. Or size 8, 2x long 2x heavy. Torepparttar 140980 beginner it is hard to discern what hook should be used for what style fly. Or further how to obtain a decent hook inventory without buying fifty different hook styles. I tied flies commercially for years, and worked into a basic hook inventory that consisted of dry fly hooks, nymph hooks, scud hooks, streamer hooks, and a few specialty hooks. For each style I kept various sizes of each style. Forrepparttar 140981 hobbyist, one needs to write downrepparttar 140982 flies one would like to tie. Andrepparttar 140983 sizes you like, and then proceed from there as your budget allows. To help you distinguishrepparttar 140984 style of fly hooks, most if not all fly hook manufacturers label their hooks as torepparttar 140985 basic style. For example dry fly hooks. A Mustad 94840, is a basic dry fly hook, likewise a Tiemco 100, as is a Daiichi 1180. They also have a basic size 10,12,14,16, etc. It seems perhaps a bit misleading thatrepparttar 140986 lower number denotes a larger size, but that is howrepparttar 140987 system goes. The size also only measuresrepparttar 140988 gape, betweenrepparttar 140989 hook pointrepparttar 140990 hook shank, it actually means nothing forrepparttar 140991 hook length, which is where many fly tyers and fly fisherman get confused. While most dry fly hooks are what is called 'standard length'. Nymph hooks can be standard or 1x long, 2x long and on up, or even 1x short, 2x short on down. Whatrepparttar 140992 number beforerepparttar 140993 'x' means, is they are actually 1 hooks size longer or shorter shank than standard. For example a size 14 1x long nymph hook, is actuallyrepparttar 140994 same hook length as a standard size 12. Every tier and fly supplier has their own preferences, so a size 14 Hare's Ear, might actually be tied on a 1x long hook or a 2x long hooks, thereby appearing like a larger fly torepparttar 140995 fly angler. To repeatrepparttar 140996 size actually only refers torepparttar 140997 gape ofrepparttar 140998 hook, betweenrepparttar 140999 hook point andrepparttar 141000 hook shank and has nothing to do withrepparttar 141001 size ofrepparttar 141002 fly. There is help however, almost all standard dry flies are tied on standard hooks. The exceptions being Stimulator or Salmonfly type flies, Hoppers, Damsels, and other long bodied flies. These would come underrepparttar 141003 specialty hooks mentioned earlier. Long curved shank hooks actually are used for both dry flies and nymphs although their wire is a little thin for my liking for nymphs. The second x isrepparttar 141004 wire gauge. Hook manufacturers naturally use larger wire diameter for larger hooks. But this can be modified and is. If a hook is size 12 2x heavy. That meansrepparttar 141005 hook is 2 timesrepparttar 141006 thickness that normally would be used for size 12. These hooks are helpful when going after very large trout or steelhead, or other large game fish, or if one likes to use unusually large tippet. In short if your fish is going to be onrepparttar 141007 hook for a long time, there is a chancerepparttar 141008 hook will straighten out, then one might like extra strong hooks.

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