Nice collection and very well tied!
What hooks are the first two tied on? Are they up-turned eyes or did you flip them up with pliers?
Thanks Dustin!I find that I can often pay half for hooks not marketed as "fly" hooks. I generally prefer a straight eye hook but I've experimented with a lot of styles.Savage, in the first three, the hooks came with upturned eyes. They are very wide gap, which I like for these bigger patterns. They are just saltwater bait hooks (octopus). I like the look mostly but I'm not sure it makes any real difference whether the hook eye is turned up or down on flies this size - it might make a difference in the gap on sub 20's. Ha!! I've read it makes the hook less likely to go deep and mortally wound fish, but I'm not sure if that's true. I rarely hook a fish that deeply anyhow.