Fish Skull Articulated Big Game shanks
The ARTICULATED BIG GAME SHANK™is an innovative, new fly tying material, created by the Flymen Fishing Company of Charlotte, North Carolina, USA designed to simplify the tying of articulated flies.
- Heavy gauge wire
- Extended length, with oversized front and back loops for bigger hooks.
- Offset front and back loops for interconnectivity.
- Three lengths: 28mm (1 1/8”), 40mm (1 5/8”) and 80mm (3 1/8”).
- Stainless steel for saltwater flies.
The BIG GAME shanks use a heavier gauge (thickness/diameter) wire which means that the diameter of the hook eye needs to be slightly bigger in order to fit on the shank. The eye diameter will vary between different hooks, but generally most hooks from size #1 up to 7/0 will fit comfortably.
Flymen have extended the length of the wire loops as much as possible so they can be tied down further along the shank. This adds strength to the loop and helps prevents a bigger fish “pulling out” the loop during an extended fight.
They have larger, oversized loops so the eye of the fly has enough room to use a heavy duty bite tippet. In addition, the larger loop creates space for bigger hooks (6/0 or 7/0) to move freely on the back loop.
There are 20 x 28mm shanks per pack, 16 x 40mm shanks per pack and 12 x 80mm shanks per pack.
Video made by Willem Romeijn concerning these Articulated Shanks