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WatersideWill 11-22-2005 08:06 PM

Playing with Tubes:)
Hi all- thought i,d share a little of what I,ve been playing with-

Modular Tube Tying-

The vise fits any standard vise jaw-
here it is loaded with a tube- comes with three pins/mandrels to accomodate different diameter tubes-

tubes come in plastic/brass/ aluminum to cover various sink needs and can be custom made at home for creativity-

The modular part-

split patterns into fornt and rear end concepts and tie the front on a tube and the rear on a hook and mix and match-

two rear ends and one front end- thread your line through the front end tube-tie your line to the hook and plug the hook into the tube rear end -

and plugged in-

Same concept applied to a basic Bugeyed Nymph-

two tails /one head-

Take a think on my friend Stu Thompson<s Weedman Slider-

Stu,s original pike pattern-

and the basic front end concept on a tube-

simply tie varying bodies to the plug in hook and mix and match with the head/heads.


Dble Haul 11-23-2005 08:00 AM

Now that's some good stuff!

Thanks for the pictures. :smokin:

Charlie 11-23-2005 02:37 PM


Those are very cool. I have seen the tube poper thing done for saltwater but not for fresh. I guess its about time.


WatersideWill 11-23-2005 06:13 PM

Hi Cahrlie

Yep! it's an interesting idea- stolen froma number of sources:)

I,m doing an article for my site on Modular Tubes- can,t let the saltwater folks have all the fun:)


Scouter 11-23-2005 11:24 PM

Hi Waterwill,
Your informaition and pictures were most helpful. I have been wondering for some time how well these clamps work and will pick one up now. (I have been using different size flat head nails hooked into my vise jaws but its not always as secure.

I use many different types of tubes (Mostly imported from UK) but unless I fishing fast or deep waters for Steelhead I have found the 'Q tips' type cotton swabs with the plastic, not carboard, shafts work really well and you can buy a box of 300 for around $3.00.

I simply cut off the cotton ends to whatever length of tube I need.

If I am making up articulated tube flies, which I use mostly for sea runs, I slip a suitable on coloured bead between the tube and the hook to get max movement from the tail section.

One again appreciate your posting and pics.

Tight lines,

teflon_jones 12-01-2005 03:58 PM

Very interesting. I have to be honest, I'm not really familiar with this concept of swapping the heads on the flies. Very interesting stuff though...

chromedome 12-01-2005 10:58 PM


Very interesting! Enjoyed your post

WatersideWill 12-07-2005 08:14 PM

Ty all

Tis a new and interesting area for me as well- so I'l keep you posted:)


baldmountain 02-02-2006 07:48 AM

Those are cool! I've tied a few tube warm water flies but I never thought to tie the tail to a hook and body to the tube. That is a good idea. Thanks!

DBenner 05-15-2006 10:52 AM

Wow - right on the money, but one question
I just stumbled in her, usually I look at the Atlantic Salmon page. I just picked up an HMH tube tool so I am playing with that, then a friend drops off some of these Wapsi popper bodies (I have never used them before). Now I get into this thread, and can combine the two, very interesting.

As I mentioned, I have never used the preformed popper before, and I see the ones here are left white. If I were to paint them, what do I paint them with? The instructions say water based acrylic model paint. Do I clear coat them after? or use the Sally Hansen nail polish? Also, I am assuming that a normall model car brush would work fine (I don't have an air brush).

Can someone give me some pointers?



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