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Classic Hook Guide

Posted by nwflytyer on November 26, 2015

When reading some of the classic works of the salmon fly authors, one will run into the Phillips scale (popular in Blacker’s time, for example). How do those sizes equate with modern sizes… what the heck size is a #7?! 

Fear no more. Here are the equivalencies from Farlow’s Hook Guide with the modern scale, the Phillips scale, and the length of hook following (do not include the eye when measuring hook length):

7/0   –   #1  (2 1/2″)

6/0   –   #2  (2 1/4″)

5/0   –   #3   (2″)

4/0   –   #4   (1 7/8″)

3/0   –   #5   (1 3/4″)

2/0   –   #6   (1 5/8″)

1/0   –   #7   (1 1/2″)

1 1/2 –   #8   (1 3/8″)

1   –   #9   (1 1/4″)

2   –   BB   (1 1/8″)

3   –   B   (1″)

4   –   CC   (15/16″)

5   –   C   (7/8″)

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4 Responses to “Classic Hook Guide”

  1. Clark said

    Thanks Monte!

  2. Frank said

    Thanks Monte. I really appreciate this info. Now I can make sense of Jones Guide to Norway!

  3. Frank said

    Thanks Monte. Much appreciated!

  4. Ron Stringer said

    Which hook is used when making Tying the Lady Amherst Fly? Thanks Ron

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