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Monday, November 8, 2010

Why Tubes Flies?

 I often get the question "why tube flies? Simply put I reply, "they are the most practical & versatile flies for Salmon & Steelhead fishing"! You can buy our tube flies at our Tube fly Shop page at www.bcflyguide.com
Years ago I had a major fetish for Spey Flies and for a long time that's all I would fish! I had spent many hours tying up an awesome box of very expensive flies which were on very expensive hooks but one day opened a box of rust! Don't get me wrong, I still love fishing these traditional patterns but they aren't overly practical for one who spends plenty of time in a rainy coastal climate. One year I decided to tie some tubes with not too much thought about them but more for the novelty of fishing something different! I tied up some marabou flies in various colors to start and did like them but wasn't overly excited, they were OK but they weren't those cool traditional Spey Patterns I spent time to tie & fish, dreaming about those long Heron hackles pulsating through that long run of just the right depth and flow... STOP!!!! lets get back to reality. I rarely hooked fish on those patterns and as a matter of fact I think I spent more time looking for Heron Hackles than I did playing fish! I like tradition occasionally but sometimes It's just not practical! Point is the next thing I know is I'm hooking more fish, my friends are using my flies and I'm tying up patterns for my other friends who are secretly fishing them under a float on the Stamp River and cleaning up behind all the other anglers... Sometimes you need a good knock on the head and I guess in a round about way it was for me. The more I tied up these flies the more it seemed to be more practical and beneficial! The only thing I will note is that unless the fly is medium to large in size (#6 hook or larger) some patterns just don't make good sense tying on tubes. But when fishing larger flies, especially lengthy ones tubes make perfect sense! Most advantages are related to the hooks we use when fishing these flies. Large long shank hooks have a lot of leverage on the bend of the hook when hooked up on fish, placing a lot of movement on the hook itself while fighting a fish to shore. Now consider fishing that same long fly on a tube with a short octopus style hook behind it! There are 2 benefits here. One is the obvious that your hook isn't likely moving much at all when that crazy fish is bouncing on the end of your line. The other is once hooked up on a fish tube flies tend to slip up the line out of the fishes mouth also preventing the fly from getting torn up. Maybe this isn't a big deal but not a bad thing either! One other great advantage I realized was that many of the flies I tied worked great for all different species of fish so when the trout were biting that fly I'd switch to a smaller hook, and when targeting Kings I put on a larger hook. I would also at
times stack one fly on another to enlarge a pattern which made an articulating fly of any color combo I wanted! Today, many years later my attraction for tubes has come a long way and many companies are offering a whole line up of tubes and cone heads of various colors and weights making them believe it or not even more practical to use... The top picture has a pair of flies that I tied with some product that gives you color coordinated cone heads & tubing. This is a very easy to tie effective fly with just the right weight balance with a tungsten cone-head! As simple and effective fly that looks great!
Another great advantage I came across years ago guiding Skeena River country was tying skater flies on plastic tubes. Since then I have designed tubes that are most reliable in staying on top in the roughest of water. Makes many people wonder how rough a piece of water one would skate a fly on but I have experienced some of the most exciting fishing where that fly is literally shooting water off  its front end in rapids and large chrome Steelhead are taking a whack at them! Oh ya, Trout & Steelhead on Vancouver Island like this too at times... Well enough said, If the above doesn't convince one new to tube flies to give them a try nothing will and I'd rather be fishing them than talking about them...