A different tube system
And I mean really, really different. Really!
Danish Morten Bundgaard approached me just before Christmas regarding a new tube system he had made for tube fly tying.
He sent me a link to a makeshift web site and I was immediately intrigued, because what I saw was radically different from anything I had seen before with regards to tubes. And as those of you who know me know that I have seen quite a bit, most of it covered in my large tube fly theme.
Morten's tube system is a rethought, modular system where each component is meticulously designed for its purpose. Most traditional tube systems consist of simple cylindrical tubes in different diameters, which you combine to your needs. You can add cones and dishes as well as different weights or add-ons. A lot of the contemporary systems such as those from Bidoz, Eumer and the late Shumakov introduce some premade shapes to the tubes, enabling the tyer to create different types of patterns.
But Morten takes a different approach. His system is in a way traditional with simple universal elements, which you combine to your needs, but the individual parts themselves are much more thought through, and are injection molded to get some special shapes and function into the tubes. Rather than straight pieces of tube, tubes in the Pro Tube System have bumps, stops, tapers and holes in the sides, which all serve a purpose in the finished fly. The individual parts of course fit together with the other elements in the system, and you can combine them in many ways.
You can get cones in several shapes, made of different materials and small propellers to add in front of your fly to induce even more attraction into your creation.
Morten has been kind enough to send me some samples and as soon as I get the time (ha!), I'll sit down and tie and shoot some photos of the parts and the flies themselves. Until then you can savor the large selection of parts on the Pro Tubefly System homepage.
PS: in an early stage of our correspondence Morten also showed me some tube fly vice designs, which looked very interesting. Hopefully these will find their way to the market as an addition to the selection of different tube tools already out there.