Tube Flies for Trout and Steelhead
What is a tube fly?
Tube flies are flies that are tied on a plastic, copper,
aluminum or brass tube. It is most commonly tied on plastic.
The tippet of
your leader is passed through the tube and tied to a loose hook. The hook is
then pushed back into a soft plastic sleeve at the rear of the tube.
They are one of the most versatile of fly fishing flies and
can be tied for trout or steelhead.
fly and the hook are separate, which allows you to change the hook if it
should become dull or the fly if it should become frayed.
can have a large, yet still lightweight fly.
but the smallest of trout flies can be tied on tubes.
- They use a shorter hook than a larger fly would use. This means that the
trout cannot use the leverage of a long hook to break free. This results
in a larger number of landed fish.
can get really creative with your fly designs.
can easily carry a small bag of flies in one pocket and an assortment of
hooks in another. You can then mix and match depending on the need.
can tie some really heavy flies using the metal tubes. Different sink
rates can be accomplished with either a heavy tube or a heavy cone head.
can be as expensive or inexpensive as you like (plastic vs. brass).
Styles of Tube Flies
There are two styles available today, the bottle and the
standard cylinder tube.
bottle tube has (wait for it….) the shape of a bottle. It varies in
diameter over its length. These are mostly made of brass, tungsten or
straight cylinder tube has a uniform diameter throughout its length and is
the most common. These tubes are made of mostly plastic
but sometimes are also made of aluminum, brass and copper.
These flies are worth your consideration. They are becoming
very popular among trout and steelhead fly fishers. They are one of the most
versatile fly systems available today.
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