So as the competition season draws to a close its time to start tying a few flies for the 2018 season.
More and more competitions are going ‘catch and release’ so it’s only right that we use barbless hooks. It’s a great way to release caught trout back to the water as soon as possible.
So today I have been trying out the new Oshamo barbless hooks from Bill McIlroy and I have to say I’m not disappointed. Here is a picture of the size 14 barbless blob hook when compared to a Kamasan B160 size 8. As you can see there is very little difference, with the Oshamo being a slightly heavier iron.
My first attempt was to tie up some tequila blobs using the FNF Jelly Fritz. I don’t think they turned out too bad. As with all things in Fly tying it’s about proportion and scale and I think the 14 Oshamo with 15mm Jelly Fritz ticks all the boxes.
So being pleasantly surprised with the results I can see it’s going to be a busy winter getting my favourite blobs and fabs tied up on these new barbless hooks.
A few of my flies are for sale on eBay you can find me under the user name; dashlejog924