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: Color of tube material for dries??

07-08-2004, 12:20 PM
Some of the plastic tube material I am using for tube dries is almost clear. Some is slightly whitish opaque. Some is black. If you are tying on tubes in the colors of a popsicle, would you avoid anything but clear tubes for the lighter weight tubes? Specifically, is anybody successfully taking fish using the "brake line /fuel line" opaque colored tubing for dry line, popsicle type marabou flies? thanks. I do not personally think white'opaque vs. clear makes a difference , but would welcome your thoughts.

07-09-2004, 02:31 PM
Two thoughts:

- tie with a colored tube or hook keeper tubing add-on that adds to the appeal

- cover the tube so that you don't have the mismatch

Tubes and the keeper tubing come in different colors. You can add a nice "butt" highlight to a dark fly to create a red-butt tube or green-butt, etc. Egg-sucking leeches require a hot pink or orange tube but no one I know fishes those ;) :lildevl:

Cover and tubing with thread and head cement and the tiny bit that shows is of no consequence.

Cut the plastic flush after the cement dries with a razor blade to eliminate any showing tube by holding the edge at the point of the cut and rolling on a cutting board.

You raise a good point though, colored tubes in black, orange, red, etc - would be interesting.

Another option would be a 'head insert' shaped like the rubber squid head inserts used for salmon hoochies but smaller, colored with an OD that matched the ID of the tube.

Frankly, I just cut the tube flush and am done with it.

07-10-2004, 11:08 AM
I really don't think the fish will care one way or another, it is just a matter of what you think looks good and if you will fish it with confidence or not. I tie all my tubes on black air brake tubing and have had great success on dries, wets, including the popsicle.


07-12-2004, 08:54 AM
I have been tying some smaller tubs on plastic tubing stripped in tact from electrical wire that has aBOUT HTE SAME DIAMETERS AS THE COMMERCIALLY SOLD TUBES AND THE BRAKE LINE STUFF(sorry about caps).. These coverings sometimes are made of two layers of plastic tubing. Intersting colors of green, red, balck, white..and the second filmy covering on the basic colors are sort of opaque but let enough light through to show the background . Any of you used this stuff?