Hook Sizes

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Hook Sizes

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To keep from going stir crazy while "sheltering in place" I have been getting much pleasure from reading GEM Skues Sidelines, Sidelights and Reflections. It was originally published in 1932, but contains a lot of material from the late 19th century and the WWI era, including material from Halford, Marryatt and others. The book has a wealth of information on patterns and methods used in the British chalk stream of that era. The maddening part, for me, has been a lack of knowledge and information on the old style hook sizes: 0000, 000,000,and so on up through 4. Can someone help with specifics? I think 0000 is the equivalent of an 18, but I am by no means certain.

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ewpeper wrote:
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:16 am
The maddening part, for me, has been a lack of knowledge and information on the old style hook sizes: 0000, 000,000,and so on up through 4. Can someone help with specifics? I think 0000 is the equivalent of an 18, but I am by no means certain.
Yes, 0000 was the equivalent of size 18. 1=14, 0=15, 00=16, 000=17. 2=13, 3=12, 4=11.
Bob

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Thanks very much, Bob. Knowing this makes my reading much more interesting. :)

Eric
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The 00 kendal has the same length as the #18 Barrett limerick and about the same bite as the #16
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basically a visual of Bob's post

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Thanks so much Ted. Seeing them helps a lot. Reading Skues and his interpretation of Halford and Marryatt is a little tough when you don't have either a numerical or visual sense of reference with regard to size. :D

Eric
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