02-23-2005, 02:10 PM
Finally got around to putting Peters fly on a tube and this is what I came up with. It is just a strait up copy of his original at this point (I have some other ideas that I want to try later). My purpose is to dress it on a heavy copper tube for the lower Niagara. I haven’t had a chance to get to the river and fish it yet, however. I did fish this one on an aluminum tube in a smaller trib this weekend and got a fish on it. Just thought I would pass it by the rest of the crew for comment.
· Tube: Any length Tube fly tube
· Thread: Uni-thread - White 3/0
· Tag: Gold Mylar Tinsel
· Body: Uni-wool - white
· Hackle: White marabou, stripped on sided
· Underwing: Gold Flashabou - thin, extra limp
· Wing: Finn Raccoon - Tan
· Overwing: Peacock Herl
· Eyes: Painted black & White
· Head: Gloss Clear Head Cement
02-23-2005, 02:25 PM
Real excellent looking, Charlie -- you've got me wanting to "tube" it. One big advantage I see for your pattern -- the hook is far back which will eliminate those frustrating short takes. I've been thinking about doing a sparse style on a Waddington or a tube for resident browns in the Grand as I probably get five short takes for every hook up there. Now you've done such a nice job it it -- that'll get me moving.
Glad to hear that you got a fish on it as well, even in these cold conditions.
02-23-2005, 03:56 PM
I was thinking about the Waddington thing. They have some great advantages, hook set back, slim profile and so on. I think the tube might be a little more versatile, different weight tubes, easy to change hook size and style. That is the reason I went with the tube first. I have some Waddington shanks I will have to try next.
As for getting them in the cold weather, I agree with you and your friend John from Grindstone (your comments on the other post). Once the fish get used to the cold water they react the same to a fly as they would in warmer water. They need to eat and they will chase and grab a swinging fly. They just do it a lot slower and we need to take that into account. :rolleyes:
Wow..............one of the best tubes I have seen to date for Great Lakes.
Really like it...........may have to start tubeing myself.........good job.
Just got some Finn Raccoon myself.
02-23-2005, 10:57 PM
Sorry for the naive question, but how does this style tube fly stay upright? That is, how will the coon tan side stay upright? Will it not spin around or is the hook acting as a keel?
Thanks in advance,
02-24-2005, 08:55 AM
Thanks for asking. Actually the Finn Raccoon, while not hollow, is buoyant and will keep the tube riding upright. This is true for most types of natural hair.
02-24-2005, 10:16 AM
To expand on Charlie's reply -
Notice that the bulk of the material is in the wing/back of the fly, with only the white
under the tube. The tube acts as the keel and the lighter wing rides upright under tension on the swing.
If you look at crazy charlies (the fly not the tier), the bead chain eyes don't look heavy enough to keep the hook up, but with all the material on that side of the shank, it adds enough bulk/buoyancy.
I think the Black Francis white and purple bunny tube could easily run with the hook point up in the bunny wing - avoiding the rocks when swinging deep.
Just a few thoughts...