Flymen Articulated Shank is an innovative, new fly tying material designed to simplify the tying of articulated flies. It can be used as a simple component in different styles of articulated flies such as single-hook and two-hook articulated streamers, poppers and sliders. It is also used for streamers that use a free-swinging stinger hook such as Intruder-style salmon and steelhead flies.
-Easy-and-fast tying process
-Increases tail action
-Increases the overall fly length
-Reduces the leverage a hooked fish typically places on a fly
-Eliminates the need to sacrifice a hook to make a shank
-3 Shank lengths (20mm or 3/4", 35mm or 1 3/8", and 55mm or 2 1/8")
-20 Shanks per pack
-Typically for streamer flies 3″ (7.5cm) and longer
-Wire diameter fits hook sizes starting from about #4 up to 3/0
-Will fit the Fish-Skull (SM, M and L sizes) and the Fish-Skull Sculpin Helmet
-The high strength, stainless spring steel shank can be used in saltwater
Posted by mario on 31st Mar 2020
I like these shanks because the hook eye is small enough to slip a cone head on to the thread coated with zap a gap.
Micro Intruders on the Way!
Posted by Christopher on 28th Sep 2016
Flymen simply makes great products. The shanks are certainly no exception! I use tham as either single shanks for intruder style flies or I might pair them up for larger articulated flies. Simply a great option for tyers.
Good product - as described
Posted by Unknown on 18th Dec 2014
Purchased 35 & 20mm shanks for tying some mouse and sculpin lures with a flying/trailing hook rather than cutting the bend of an ordinary hook. Shanks are as stated in the description - you do need to use a strong thread (or set of pliers) to close the back end of the shank. Eyes are straight on the shanks but can be easily bent up or down with a set of pliers if so desired. Wire thickness is such that I was able to mount a #4 Owner SSW hook directly onto the shank rather than a loop of mono for the flying hook. Articulation of the hook is good with easy up and down and side to side articulation. A bit of an experiment doing this to see if the hook up will be impacted - will certainly stop the hook fouling the tail so easily when casting. Only time will tell on this as I haven't got the flies wet yet.
My only small quibble with the product I recieved was that one of the first shanks I pulled out the package didn't have the eye fully formed (big gap to the shank). Nothing the pliers won't fix but only 4 start due to this.