There are no exact standards for hooks. Seems like each major manufacturer makes up what works for them. If you are a fly tyer and try to tie flies using a pattern sheet, you may have to convert to the brand of hook that’s at your tying table. There are lots of Fly Tying Hook Conversion Tables online. You may have a favorite. This is mine.
Here are a couple of posts I’ve written about hooks:
Wide gape, down eye – 1X-fine
Wide gape, straight eye – 1X-fine
Wide gape, down eye – 1X fine, black (odd size)
**Alec Jackson Soft Hackle Trout Fly Hook )made by Daiichi – see POST for detailed comparison)
Wide gape, down eye – extra fine wire, black (odd sizes)
Wide gap, down eye – barbless (TMC is black)
Wide gape, down eye, 1X-short
Down eye, 1X-fine, 2X-short
Straight eye, regular wire, 2X-short
Down eye, 1X-fine
Down eye, standard wire
Down eye, standard wire, mini-barb
Down eye, standard wire, mini-barb, low viz
Down eye, 1X-fine, 2X-long
Down eye, standard wire 2X-long
Fine wire, 2X-short, black
* Alec Jackson Chironomid Trout Fly Hooks for #13 – 17 (made by Daiichi – see POST for detailed comparison)
Down eye, standard wire, 2XL
Straight eye, 1X-fine, 2X-long
Straight eye, standard wire, 3XL
Down eye, 2X-heavy, 2X-wide, 2X-short
Down eye, fine wire, 2X-wide, 2X-short
Straight eye, 3X-wide, 2X-short
Straight eye, 3X-wide, 2X-short, 2X-heavy
Down eye, heavy wire, 6X-long
Straight eye, 4X-long
Straight eye, 3X-long
Streamer Stinger Hooks
Short shank, straight-eye
Nymphs & Wet Flies
Down eye, 2X-heavy, 1X-long
Down eye, 2X-heavy
Down eye, 2X-heavy, 2X-long
Down eye, 2X-heavy, 3X-long
Wide gape, down eye, 1X-heavy
Good start! Mustad has had a lot of issues with their hooks over the decades and the 9671 is emblematic. Mustad kept the manufacturing wire for hooks part of their business in Norway, but moved their hook manufacturing to Wuxi, China in 2001. The “old” (Pre 2001) 9671 hooks, called “Signature”, were 2XL 2XH hooks. The current 9671 is a 3XL hook that is labeled as a 2XH, but the wire is different now, too. The 9671 is not the only example of what happened to Mustad. Of course it’s all about dollars. The plethora of new hook manufacturers is the result of Mustad surrendering the high ground as the sizing standard for the industry.
Thanks for the Comment Mike.
I haven’t used many Mustad hooks in my fly tying during the last few years. Just using up the balance and list them here as reference for older fly patterns.
Great hook chart and easy access. Thanks John.
Thanks for the comment…happy to hear it’s useful.
thanks for this hook chart… fits my needs perfectly…
Thanks for the comment…happy to hear it’s useful!
Just what I needed. It is more complete than others.
Thanks for making in easy to decide which hook to use.
Nice to know it helps!
Good morning John: I just went to your resource page for the first time.
I and others will find very helpful. Thanks Max
I’ll keep working to find other helpful resources.