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Predator XL tube and tool
Danish fly-tying company FutureFly has introduced a new series of extra large tubes and a tool to hold them
May 19th 2014/mj
The Danish company FutureFly has done exactly that, and now has a large diameter tube in their already large assortment of fly tubes. The new tube is called Predator Tubes, and ar 4.6 millimeters or about 1/5 of an inch in diameter. They are available in several colors including ones with flash embedded. Since the tubes are quite large, the normal 3 millimeter tubes can be used as inner tubes for patterns that require this.
Since these tubes are quite large, you need a large tool to hold them, and FutureFly has introduced the Predator XL TubeNeedle with adapter, which fits in a standard vise and will hold and support the large tubes through a simple frictional system.
The tool or the the tubes haven't been listed on FutureFly's web suite yet, but some UK dealers already have the tool in their assortment for £18.99 or about 32.- USD and the tubes at 5 UK£ or about 8.50 USD for ten 20 centimeter or 5" tubes.