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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Awesome Steelhead Tubefly!

This is my tube fly of choice if there was ever one pattern to have in my fly box! This fly has all the makings of a successful Steelhead fly. With multiple strands flowing freely, there's nothing as lifelike as marabou in the water... This pattern is not over designed to resemble any one thing and this is one thing I have learned about most great patterns with great catching success! It is also easily tied and productive in all the great colors one should have for all coastal waters. Personally I don't find a lot of use for fishing Orange but there are places where it's most successful like the tannen waters on the most northern Vancouver Island rivers. When fished properly this pattern is most practical too. I prefer to fish almost all my tube flies without a hook lock and ones that are 3 dimensional can pivot on the line without fowling themselves allowing them to always swim properly. I also tie this fly with tungsten coneheads for added weight when needed. The only downfall to marabou is it isn't durable like other materials but most of the time I've never really had an issue with this... Worse case scenario is that large Steelhead you just released tore it up! That's not likely though as typically this fly slides up the line when a fish is hooked. One of the greatest things about this pattern while casting is it doesn't retain water like other materials so picking it up out of the water etc is easier making your casting experience nicer as the day flies past! This is the standby pattern in many colors that many of the guides I've worked with lived by for many years on mighty Skeena waters and one I will always have in my flybox on Vancouver Island where I originally started tying this great fly many years ago.

Marabou tube fly Recipe
  1. plastic tubing 1.25 inches in length
  2. Body, ball of yarn 3/4 forward from tail end (3 wraps of chenille)
  3. marabou tied in at tip and wrapped palmered spey style.
  4. 5-10 strands ostrich herl tied over marabou
  5. a preference of flash tied over marabou (e.g. flashabou, crystal flash... )
  6. collar, Shlappen hackle.
  7. finish with head of thread or slip on proper fitted cone head 
  8. optional weight could be lead eyes or metal tubing (Copper, Brass)
Go fish this great fly on any waters for Steelhead, Salmon and even trout,especially while swinging a fly! Don't tie flies, contact Ken at flyguide@telus.net to purchase some and stay posted for our upcoming fly page on our web site www.bcflyguide.com