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Old 01-08-2013, 11:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Inserting wire into midge tubing

I think I saw some tips on this a while back, but couldn't find anything.

I would like to be able to insert some thin ultra wire into micro tubing. When I've tried to do it the wire bends and well it doesn't work for me.

Something kind of like this.

http://umpqua.com/products/flies/new...ies/tube-midge

Any suggestions? Trying to keep the tubing as small as possible.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Try Super Hair instead of wire.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Try larger tubing? The black variation looks really cool

With Super Hair it would look like a jujubee variation...
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks DUBBN...you clearly have a lot better success with that than I do. I gave it go last night. Just seems like the Xsmall wire is so flimsy that it is difficult to feed a lot in. I also tried using a standard width tubing instead of micro and stretching it, but seemed a little bulky for my liking. Putting a little chapstick on the wire seemed to help a bit. I'll keep trying since it's obviously doable. Agreed on clear tubing.
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You might want to try the Iceman Midge. I think it gives the same effect with less work.

http://coloradoflyfishingreports.blo...man-midge.html
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hey Perry-

You need to lube things up before you can go cramming stuf into them.

You can get X-sm UTC or Lagurtan wire into even the smallest midge tubing (the Hareline micro tubing is far and away the best material for this, trust me) if you cut a piece of tubing and use it like a straw to suck up a tiny quantity of oil, or (if you are not bothered by emitting and re-ingesting a tiny quantity of your own saliva) spit. Just spit on your hand/coffee cup/beer can/work station whatever, a tiny drop is all, and suck it into the tube.

Now the wire will slide in like it was coated in Astro-GlideŽ

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I've tried this on a few patterns, never had too much difficulty getting the wire fed through. You don't need much, maybe two inches into the tubing? You'll only end up making like 5-6 wraps of it for a midge pattern, maybe a couple more for a mayfly emerger. But I would agree, the Hareline tubing seems to work the best. Makes for some cool midges/chiros.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:37 AM   #8 (permalink)
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For putting slingshot bands on steel slingshot posts, you have to use rubbing alcohol. It is impossible to get the bands on the posts without the rubbing alcohol. It is a night and day difference.

I have never tried putting wire in tubing, but is sounds like the same materials, metal inside silicone. So I would suggest trying rubbing alcohol and see how that goes. If you try it, let us know how it works out.
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Default Re: Inserting wire into midge tubing

Tried this last night for the first time. I only had uber micro midge tubing. I should have known better but I went ahead anyway and spent an hour tying three flies. They did look pretty sweet though!! Going to need to get some more tubing!
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I tried this the other day using micro tubing and small wire. By twisting the tubing while pushing it over the wire, I could get about 1" of wire inserted--plenty to tie small flies
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