- They’re super easy to cast. Flat out, one of the best reasons to give them a shot.
- They’re stackable, and a good selection of simple marabou tubes in a variety of colors gives guides and anglers the chance to get creative on fly colors based on light levels, water clarity and flow.
- They’re ideal for using smaller trailer hooks (i.e.: size 2, 1, and 1/0), which seat better on a large salmon or steelhead’s jaw. And unlike the 3/0 to 6/0 ‘brainers’ of years past, these smaller hooks significantly reduce the risk of mortality on any fish that takes the fly deep.
- They increase your hook-to-land ratio, and who doesn’t like that? Much like the original Intruder’s ‘breakaway’ concept that allows the fly to slide up and away from the hook when that severely angry gagger of a fish starts shaking its head, tube flies do the same. By getting that weighted fly away from the actual hook, breakaway-style flies offer the fish less leverage than even a fixed-hook stinger-style fly because there’s no weight going in one direction while the fish’s head goes in the other.
- They’re perfect when used in tandem with a bullet weight, but that’s a topic for another post!
Today we’ve got the last in our short series about tube flies and how to rig them. It’s a master class in adding weight, combining tubes, preventing leader abrasion and more. You’ve already learned about tube fly basics, the two standard rigging methods, and rigging tandem tubes, right?
OK, well tune in as Eric Neufeld gets you all sorted out on some advanced tube fly techniques which include but are not limited to the following:
- Options for adding weight to tube flies – like beads, Fish Skulls, tungsten cone heads, bullet weights and more
- Using liner tubes to prevent abrasion
- Combining tubes and different colored weights to create custom patterns with different sizes and color combinations
NOTE: If you’re viewing this in a newsletter or a reader, click here for a lesson on advanced tube rigging on YouTube.
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Installment #3 is a very special episode in our tube fly rigging mini-series by Eric Neufeld. It’s about a fly called Silvey’s Tandem Tube that requires some special attention in order to perform its best.
Brian Silvey has a series of Idylwilde tube flies – the Tandem Tube, the Tail Light, and the Tube Snake – that all incorporate two tubes. That gives these flies some special characteristics in terms of how they swim, but rigging them properly requires a bigger loop than you’d normally tie when rigging a tube fly, and it’s a tiny bit confusing the first time you try.
Have no fear, though – if you click the little play button below, Eric will take you through the process, step by step!
NOTE: If you’re viewing this in a newsletter or a reader, click here to learn how to rig Silvey’s Tandem Tube on YouTube.
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Part 2 covers the two basic methods for rigging tube flies.
- Attaching a straight-eye hook with a clinch knot
- Attaching an up-eye hook with a loop knot
Sorry the focus is a little screwy – in response we’ve fired our giant, highly-paid team of videographers.
NOTE: If you’re viewing this in a newsletter or a reader, click here to see two tube fly rigging methods on YouTube.
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Today we’re starting a little mini-series of posts featuring Eric Neufeld, in video format, talking about tube flies and how to rig them.
We fish tube flies a lot at BC West, and more and more at Alaska West. What are tube flies, and why should you fish them? Those are excellent questions, and Eric will answer them for you in today’s video.
Have a look.
NOTE: If you’re viewing this in a newsletter or a reader, click here for an introduction into tube flies on YouTube.