Earlier this evening I sat down in the shop to pull the recipe sheet and picture for today's Front Page. The wall of flies, which was the inspiration for this series of articles was on full display right in front of my desk. As I pulled out the recipe sheet, it dawned on me that one of the things that I haven't touched on all that much was JBT's preference for the TMC 800S big game hook.
Now, most of that preference came from the fact that back in the 80s and 90s, there weren't a whole lot of choices for big game fly hooks, and the Tiemco was about as good as it got. Having said that, in his later years he tied a lot on the Owner Aki, and for smaller species like Bonefish, Permit, Snook, and Redfish he used a lot of Daiichi hooks.
My preference for patterns like this is the Timeco 600SP, but they can be quite pricey, so many times I'll substitute the Allen SW004. It's almost identical to the 600SP, at a much lower cost, and the quality is EXCELLENT. If you haven't ever used Allen hooks before, give them a try...the quality is phenomenal, and the price point will save you a ton of money, and allow you to tie three times as much!
For your tying pleasure, below is the recipe sheet for the Chartreuse Grizzly. Another wonderfully simple crossover pattern with both salt and freshwater applications.....Enjoy!