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SDHflyfisher
07-27-2005, 09:45 PM
ok i got myself one of those tube fly holders off ebay and am looking for a bit more info about them i'll mostly be fishing for warmwater fish with some trout and steelhead thrown in

thanks in advanced

baldmountain
07-28-2005, 08:14 AM
I've been playing with tube flys for warmwater fishing.

Get some q-tips with plastic tubes and cut the ends off and cut them to size. They make awesome deer hair bass bugs that float like a cork because there is less hook than if you tie on a standard bass bug hook. They also seem to be a bit more weedless than a standard bass bug without a weed guard. Oh, and they are CHEAP!

I've been playing with brass and aluminum tubes from the model/hobby shop. I'm having a hard time lining these tubes, and will probably just buy pre-made ones. I tied some bucktails and wooly buggers on copper and aluminum tubes. The copper tubes land and sink like a rock so you can get down REALLY deep. The aluminum ones have almost neutral bouancy and have a really good action in the water.

It's a little hard to find good tube fly hooks. I've been shoping locally and no one carries a relatively lightweight 2x or 3X short hook that is appropriate for tube flys. Consider ordering some tube fly specific hooks. Tube fly hooks are short HEAVY hooks that are used to catch big steelhead. They are probably a bit too heavy for warm water fish, but they are the only quality short hooks available. Even though they are heavy they seem to give tube flies a better action than other hooks. Even the bass bugs. RedShed, (who is a site sponsor), has some here along with a bunch of other tube supplies:

http://www.redshedflyshop.com/TUBEFLYSUPPLIES.html

I'm planing on ordering some more once I use up what I have.

Ask if you have any more specific questions.

t_richerzhagen
07-28-2005, 08:37 AM
tubes from q-tips are fragile and do not last well. That removes one of the major advantages of tube flies, durability. Search "tubes" on this forum and on speypages to get a lot of information.

baldmountain
07-28-2005, 09:33 AM
tubes from q-tips are fragile and do not last well. That removes one of the major advantages of tube flies, durability. Search "tubes" on this forum and on speypages to get a lot of information.

How durable is a deer hair bass bug? Considering we purposly cast them into weeds, sunken branches and trees we a more likely to loose them before the tube breaks.

Since they are so inexpensive, I think they are a great way to experiment before investing in expensive tubes.

Eric
07-29-2005, 12:06 AM
When I started tying tube flies, I bought plastic, aluminum and brass tubes in different sizes from England in quantity. There are several companies that sell on line, and it doesn't really take all that long to get your merchandise.

Hooks designed for tube flies (needle eyes) are also available.

One thing I haven't been able to find is the very small diameter plastic tubing that you insert into the brass tubes to reduce leader abrasion. I got some from an orthodontist, but there must be a more ready source.

Petri heil,

Eric