Most old catalogs and books about fly fishing or tying had pages showing fish hooks either singly or the range of sizes of a particular shape/shapes. I’ve collected these plates from friends (theirs will be noted) and my own books in my small collection. There likely have been thousands or at least hundreds of different hook shapes developed over the centuries man has fished. It would be impossible to show or even find more than a small number of plates. Further, very slight changes of a hook shape would render the plates as not much more than a sleep inducing morphing of shapes. You may find duplicates here and that is ok. Presenting these plates is more than for just the hooks, it is how they were presented.
These few plates are just the beginning of what will eventually be shown here. Be patient and if you have old plates you think would be good to have shown here, contact me.
Often times, the books from which the plates were found in were in various stages of disrepair. Water damage, foxing and just the aging of not always good quality paper. Taking a plate out of such a book presents sometimes a difficult job of eliminating the signs of aging.