Salmonfly Proportion, Design & Layout Guide

Using the Design & Layout Guide   

By using the guide, you can easily size up materials ahead of time prior to tying them on the hook.


The first rule of salmonfly tying is preparation...gathering your materials, laying them out and sizing up the situation.  If you are like me, many times you will have one material that is just a touch too short and you scramble to make it fit.  But in the long run, it will never fit and the fly that you meticulously hovered over for many precious hours has that major flaw. More importantly, you'll never be happy with the finished product.  If only you had pre-planned and sized up your materials ahead of time.

I used to tape a real hook to a white piece of paper and draw around it to get just the right proportions and to get a feel for the fly prior to assembling the materials.  This was OK, but I always had to draw out a grid around the fly to ensure I was abiding by the unwritten rule that every proportion in a salmon fly must adhere to the 1-gape rule.  Another problem was when I laid out my materials next to the hook, the physical hook got in the way.  It would be much better if the hook and grid were pre-drawn for me.  Thus, the creation of The Salmon Fly Proportion, Design and Layout Guide.

   Get your copy here!

Use it to sketch out your next fly creation or to size up materials for an 8/0 fly.  What ever the case, the hooks presented on the layout guide rnage from 2/0 to 8/0 in classic salmon fly hook proportions.  Each hook is life-size and features a pre-drawn grid using the hook gape as the basis.  Each grid block approximately equals 1/2 the hook gape in width and length.

Printing the Layout Guide
The actual downloadable graphic is only 22K in size and is slightly smaller than an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper.

  • From your graphics program, select "Printer Setup" and choose the option that centers the image both horizontally and vertically.  Choose the number of copies you prefer and select "Print".

The image is designed to accomodate both English and European paper sizes.

See also Anatomy of A Salmon Fly

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