Published Sep 10. 2004 - 18 years ago
Updated or edited Oct 8. 2020

Hook Fetish

Are there ever enough?

Do all fly tyers have a fetish for hooks? It seems I cannot get enough.

I look in my hook drawer next to me and count, conservatively, 150 different sizes or models of hooks scattered among a dozen or so different hooks boxes. Some compartments are jammed to overflowing with a particular hook, and some have just a few left. Even if I averaged 20 hooks per compartment, that's 3K hooks. I'm pretty sure the actual count is much higher, given my efforts to keep a good stock in recent winters.

Above me, on the shelves, is a plastic shoebox filled with hook boxes for models and sizes I don't use much, but I need to keep around for whatever reason.

In my desk drawer are loose bags of hooks I can't seem to find room for in the hook boxes. They are caught in some sort of limbo between "important enough to be stored in a real hook box" and "all but forgotten in the plastic shoebox from Hell".

On my desk is one of those little compartment boxes filled with various samples from Targus, when they first came out with a range of hooks. Do I really need to keep these?

Next to my laptop is a baker's dozen boxes of new Partridge hooks I was given to review for GFF. All sorts of new models and style, all calling out for me. I am doomed to add many of these to my already overstuffed inventory of hooks. Authentic Czech Nymph hooks? Gotta have some. Klinkhamer hooks? Gotta have some. Surehold Lightning Dry? Gotta have some. Big Mouth Nymph? Gotta have some.


What in the world does a guy need with all these hooks?!?


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