Yes, pricked fingers to prove it.
Sizes 10-16 as is the norm in Ireland we do t go much bigger than that. Usual Irish shrimp patterns, a few cascades and silver stoats in 16s when the water is low.
Anything bigger and it’s doubles and tubes
Not any more,thats for a good 15+ years now .When i began dressing X2bs from Partridge were my go too,those days we would take a fish for the table,now its neaar100% C&R so doubles and singles are much fishkinder and far quicke to unhook .i also debarb all my hooks pre dressing !
I tie up to 8s, and the occasional 6: I have caught some decent late sewin when the water has been up, and I wanted a heavier, bulky fly to hold in the current. But mainly smaller: 10s and 12 X2Bs.
When I started tying, my mentor and friend fished the lower Wye regularly, and with consistent success. All he wanted was size 2,4,6 Curry’s Shrimp and a very long-tailed orange GP shrimp, all on X2Bs. Big flies, but they worked really well for him.
And, as Andy points out, this was taking fish for the table.
I used to tie a few salmon lures on trebles back in the 90's, also Secret Weapon type lures for sea trout utilising 14's or 16's. There may be 1 or 2 still in my fly boxes somewhere,although I think most had been cut off/discarded early 2000's. Now it's all single & double hooks with crushed barbs.