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Old 12-02-2008, 09:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone tie Tube Flies? I know that they're used mostly for Salmon...But, it looks like they could be tied in patterns for Pike and Wiper...I think they may even been useful for Pike through the ice...

http://www.canadiantubeflies.com/Art...p-By-Step.html

http://www.graysofkilsyth.com/salmon-tube-flies.htm

Here's the nail trick so they can be tied in a standard vice without the added attachment...

http://www.akflyfishers.com/fom_tube_flies.html

Someone had also mentioned tying a weighted fly with the hook running up...and with or without a weed guard...Bouncer Flies...

http://www.bouncerflies.com/basicpattern.html

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Old 12-02-2008, 09:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Both are very cool. I really dig the tube flies. It would be nice to have the lead beads and whatnot. The idea is a good one.

I really like the white pattern with the neon green egg in front. It is those kind of patterns that can cause quite a commotion when someone finally uses them.

I see it all the time.... I really think many of the best waters are infested with fish that are trained. They have seen so many copper johns and BHPTs that they dont even consider them any more. As soon as you put something new (that looks like food) in front of them, they eat.

On of my best techniques when the skunk is on (after hours) is to go to something that is completely off the wall. It is amazing how often it will work.

Thanks for the links. One question I have is how rigid the tube has to be to keep from collapsing and once it is that rigid, does it become slippery allowing the thread to slide on (or worse yet off) the fly.
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The tubes can be stainless steel...brass...copper or plastic in varying lengths..depending upon what you're tying...and the weight you want to use...Some are smooth...Others have ridges and shapes...I haven't tied a fly in over fifteen years...But, I might have to buy a few to try for wiper and Pike...

Here's some of the materials used...Kinda cool how you rig them up like a Tazmanian Devil...

http://www.graysofkilsyth.com/tube-flies.htm

I could see something like the Black and Blue...Bottom right hand picture ...tied in white...black...or Rainbow Trout patterns working...egg sucking leeches..the body tied in black and the ability to change to a different colorered bead using the same fly. I think a guy could come up with a bunch of innovative patterns..

http://www.canadiantubeflies.com/Art...p-By-Step.html

And since they're tied without a hook...It might be fun to try the different hooks and hook styles available using the same fly...Might be pretty cool...

Here's some additional info..

http://www.canadiantubeflies.com/whytubeflies.html
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Seen them used out here on Spey Rods, prety neat system, being able to change out the tails or hooks. I don't think they would work in the ice though, they are very light even on brass tubes. They are meant to be dead drifted and swung. ALTHOUGH, with a stainless tube, or a lead bead...might actually work as a jig.
As fo rthe tubes, different shapes are stacked together to create the profile or body of the fly. They either fit snug together, or use a lil superglue. you could stack two bodies together, or just one, or tie tails on the trailer hooks for an articulated pattern..... pretty neat system.
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You need some tube flies tied there Dave?
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Old 12-02-2008, 11:41 AM   #6 (permalink)
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That would be cool.. Let me dig up some patterns that might work out here for Pike and Wiper...Maybe a leech pattern for some cutts too...Thanks for the offer Andrew..

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That would be cool.. Let me dig up some patterns that might work out here for Pike and Wiper...Maybe a leech pattern for some cutts too...Thanks for the offer Andrew..

Dave

Not a problem. I've never tied them for fishing, but if you can attach it to a vise(I'd be using the nail method) I can tie on it. I made a bunch of feathered cat toys that I cast across the yard to play with the cats.
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I like the whole concept of tube flies because the hook part separates from the body of the fly as soon as the fish hits it, and the fly which would otherwise be pretty ripped up slides up the leader and you don't destroy it, trying to get it out of the fish's mouth.

I have seen quite a few patterns in Fly Tyer for tubes - and the 'tube' isn't usually that special - i.e. the plastic handle of a cotton swab. Gee whiz, they're cheap!

I know HMH does some 'tube specific' vises, and they'll usually ship you a bunch of different types of tubing when you buy the vise. I do like the concept very much. Given, tubes are more specific for larger flies (I can't see a size 18 pheasant tail tied on a tube, but then again, I'll be proven wrong!), and for the amount of time and materials put into a pike or bass fly, gee, if it makes the fly that much more fishable, well, kewl then.
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Old 12-02-2008, 01:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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HMH makes an attachment that goes into any vise and turns it into a tube vise. I think it's like $25. I'll link it...

http://www.hmhvises.com/tubeflytool.html

The basic "Tube Tool" is $25, the premium is $45. I was looking at these a while ago for making warm water flies for bass, pike, muskie, wiper, etc.

Here's a really cool pattern that Davie McPhail ties on youtube. I really like the look (and name) of this fly. He uses the HMH tool so you can see how it works. Davie ties some really cool flies, check out his other videos.

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rlmv...eature=related

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAyDs...eature=related

Here's another called The Darkness:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtG_iVSMahA
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