Published Feb 27. 2009 - 8 years ago
Updated or edited Dec 9. 2016

The Barbell Tube

A step by step tying of a tube fly created for steelhead in the north-west USA

Skagit Fish - The author with a beautiful fish
The author
Steve Egge

I've been spending some time lately playing at the vise with some interesting bottle tubes.
Here is my latest. I like it because it shows how varied you can be with tube tying.
Tying behind the tube, on the tube body and in front of the tube. All the possibilities.
I also like the way there is lots of flash under the feathers, a light to darker progression from the back to front of the tube.

The junction tube with the liner allows me to use either an up or ring eye hook and have it snug in the liner or hanging back a bit in a kreh loop. (the liner will stop the knot from pulling up).

Barbell Tube
Pattern type: 
Tube fly
Steve Egge
Silver Barbell tube – 15mm
Junction tubing
Transparent Blue
Tying thread
Blue Polar chenille tied over junction tubing
Blue Marabou tied in a dubbing loop
Blue and Black Marabou blended and spun in a dubbing loop.
Blue Doctor Lady Amherst spun in a dubbing loop
Blue Doctor Guinea
Blue Aluminum Cone bored out to fit over liner tube.

Raw Tubes


Steve Egge

Set up

Start thread

Polar chenille



Spun marabou hackle

Angel hair

More marabou

Amherst fibers

Amherst done

Guinea fowl

Cone head

Steve Egge

BTW … the vise used in tying is a Nor-Vise with the new Tube Conversion. The taper on the cone allows a junction tube to slip over it and hold things securely. You can also "unscrew the cone collet" and compress the tube between it and the bead to prevent twist and hold the tube securely (same mechanism as the Snowbee and the Renzetti).
I used the old tube conversion to hold the drill bit and make the hole bigger on the aluminum tube to fit over the liner tube. The vise is so smooth you can use it as a drill!

Thanks for looking.

Steve Egge
Puyallup, WA

A selection - Various colors of barbell flies
A Puyallup steelhead -
A selection and a fish
Steve Egge


Sarunas_St's picture

Hi there, Nice and ...

Hi there,
Nice and VERY simple tube! I like it!
I will try some colors for Lithuanian fish.
Tight lines,

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