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: Where to buy tubing for tube flies around Redmond?

03-23-2002, 09:13 PM
Okay, I've been to Schuck's auto. Been to NAPA auto. Been to "Hobby Town" where they do have the super stiff, kinda brittle, but beam straight white stuff. Been to Home Depot, where the smallest they carry is 1/4 inch O.D. Been to Molbak's on the off chance they might have some. Where can I buy bulk poly and soft nylon tubing in the appropriate sizes around the Redmond area? !?!? I'm about to run out (18" inches or so left and I'm tying saltwater foam sliders... It ain't gonna last!) Any help would be appreciated.

03-23-2002, 10:52 PM
Are hobby shops that have 'goodies' for model airplane buildiing and trop. fish stores. Between them you'll find 90% of what your looking for in materials. (Buy my stuff there, and have shipped a lot of it to other Board Members out of State)

What you can't find there, Mark B./Staff at the Flyfishing Shop in Welches, OR has any/everything else.

03-25-2002, 09:24 PM
Well Pet Smart in my neck of the woods was a bust. But on the net I did find some "natural" colored polyethylene tubing (which I believe was what my original 3 feet of mostly clear material was) for 5 cents a foot. Of course, you have to buy 500 feet :eyecrazy: The quest continues...

03-25-2002, 11:51 PM

While I am definitely not in Redmond, I do suggest that you look up model shops that specialize in radio controlled planes and cars. Here in Vancouver I get a product called Golden Rod in a local RC shop. It is used for housing throttle cable and comes in 3' lengths of various diameter, the smallest is a little smaller than a WD-40 tube. As well, I get surgical tubing that I use for the hook holder there as well - it is sold as gas line.

I also use brake line tubing (ask for air brake line) available at auto parts suppliers. Dana got the stuff, it is black and comes in coils - great stuff, it is a little larger but is perfect for Black GPs and Dana's Thompson Stones (see the Fly Archives).

John Desjardins
03-26-2002, 10:58 AM
While I haven't tied tube flies yet, a couple of places I've used at work for small quantities of plastic tubing are http://www.mcmaster.com/ and http://www.smallparts.com . Mcmaster carr is normally the cheaper of the two. Hope this helps.

03-26-2002, 09:02 PM
shoot me a email and I'll/ship it to you. Foot long metal tubes are 65 cents each, the plastic ones about 40 cents. A model airplane sized tube cutter (strongly recommended) is $5.00 so you can see this stuff is cheap as dirt.

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