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Old 02-21-2011, 10:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently saw a Youtube video of a guy that was tying flies similar to a wooly bugger that were tied directly on a fairly long plastic tube rather than tying the fly on a hook. The line goes through the tube/fly. A fairly large "trailing" hook is tied onto the line behind the tubefly. It took a special vise attachment that held the tube while it was being tied.

According to the guy on the video he had an easier time hooking fish with a tube fly than a regular fly tied on a hook. I was wondering if anyone has tried these before and how well they work?
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Koldkut Has tied some send him a PM
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have the tools, and I have the flies, I just have not fished them in credible enough locations to give an accurate description of how they work for real trout in more commonly fished places. For fresh stockers in eastern Colorado plains ponds, they work great....keeping the flies and hooks together sucks though.



http://www.canadiantubeflies.com/fly...-adapters.html

Same adapter I have, and it works nicely. Wish it had something more to hold the tubes in place when I've got to crank down on the tension, it tends to turn a bit. Tubes do make some seriously nice full bodied buggers. I want to try some of the flex tubing to get more articulated action from my tube flies.
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Old 02-26-2011, 09:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Decently cheap source for tubes: plastic cotton swabs. Come in quite a few colors - red is great. Found that in an article in Fly Tyer a few years ago.

Am seriously considering getting the tube fly conversion for the Nor-Vise. Tubes are a great idea for fish that tear flies up. Think they'd work great for the semi-steelhead type patterns we fish for kokanee in the fall.
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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last year i played with then while trying to conserve hooks, they worked very well. i didn't like the storage of the pattern at all, i like hooks in the foam of my box, to clearly see my assortment, every thing cluped together, rolling around sucked IMO
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have never tied any of these, but the tutorials that were within the link Koldkut posted does make it look fun to tie.
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Ok, here's a goofy question - how in the world does the hook get secured to the tubing?
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Ok, here's a goofy question - how in the world does the hook get secured to the tubing?
It doesn't really, you have the tube you tie the fly on, and then a larger softer tube, like what you use with your fishtank stuff that slips just over the end of the tube. The eye of the hook will rest in there and hold in place just enough with the right tube to let go and slide up the line when you hook a fish. I have some smaller salmon fly hooks where the eye will ride inside the larger tube diameter with just enough resistance to work well. With a streamer pattern that you are moving a lot, I don't think it would matter much since the hook would be pushing the fly around.
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:18 PM   #9 (permalink)
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You slip the tippet through the tube and then tie on to the hook, right?
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Old 03-03-2011, 01:07 AM   #10 (permalink)
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The hook eye is pushed into a piece of soft, flexible "junction tubing" that is forced onto the stiff, plastic shaft. For steelhead flies, we generally use hooks like Gamakatsu Octopus, Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gaps, or Owner SSWs. By using tube flies, it allows you to tie a very large, long fly, but use a small, wide gap hook that has better holding power than a comparable longer hook. The longer hook of a typical fly gives the fish a lot of leverage to pry a hook out, tube flies resolve that issue to some degree. The fly also has a tendency to slide up the line once the hook releases from the junction tubing with a fish on...helps reduce wear and tear on your fly.
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