Shank Flies

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  1. captbob43

    captbob43 New Member

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    Being relatively new to the Northwest, I'd like to know what shanks are popular out here for tying shank flies. Thank you.
     
  2. Andy D

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    there are all kinds of shanks out there. My favorites are waddington shanks which partridge just started making again. I was using senyo shanks, but found the wire very flimsy and I did not like the lentgh of the returns on the loops, except on the 25mm size. Also, any steelhead hook cut off at the bend after tying make good shanks.
     
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  4. captbob43

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    Thanks. Tried them all and my favorites are still Twist-A-Shanks. What are your favorite WA and OR Winter Steelhead Rivers? Being a relative newcomer, I have to start all over out here. It's really an adventure and I'm truly enjoying the beautiful Rivers.
     
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    A cheaper alternative is to buy some large salt-water hooks like the Mustad 34007. I use these for big articulated flies like MOALs and just cut off the hook after tying.
     
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    what area are you currently living in?
     
  8. Paul Huffman

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    Like this idea. What size 34007 gives a shank about the same size as a waddington 25 mm?
     
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    Where do I find out more about Twist-A-Shanks?
     
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    g_smolt Recreational User

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    Mustad 36890.

    The only thing they are good for is cutting and using as shanks, because they suck out loud as fish hooks.
     
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  12. captbob43

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    Twist-A-Shanks are available at (please connect via conversation so as not to violate advertising rules by non sponsors) edited by Ed Call
     
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    I use the cheap, tin plated mustad 34007DT. I believe it is. Pretty cheap and work great for all my clousers
     
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    Wayne Kohan fish-ician

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    I thought this smelled like an advertisement....
     
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    Waddington shanks when I can get them. Ultra light SS wire I cut and bend myself when I can't get what I want that is premanufactured.