I have a very in-depth article on the history and influence of the Blonde series on the FFO site associated with this pattern. Just look for the article "A Party of Blondes" and you'll find something approaching 5000 words that will tell you more than you ever wanted to know about Blondes, including an image of each of the 17 named variations.

The stinger hook isn't goind to work because of size. The hook I'm using is a Mustad drop shot or beak style hook. In size 2 to size 6 (they run small compared to normal hooks) they are perfect. These hooks are available in the soft plastics/spinning gear section of your local emporium.

Joe C.