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First published February 15th 1998 - More than 17 years ago
A modular tube fly system
The name comes from the sticks used in bull fighting
Sinking linesI have mostly used the first method - heavy flies - but must admit that I find it both tiresome and frustrasting to cast them. I have used the flies on a medium fast sinking line, which makes them go down faster, but not as fast as I want. Lately I have been experimenting with a superfast sinking line - A Teeny T-500 shooting head on a floating running line. This does not only get to the bottom in a jiffy, but also casts very well. Thanks to the floating shooting line it handles much better than the full sinking WF line I have used until now.
Lighter fliesThe heavier line means the the need for heavy flies like my usual crab patterns or other weighted flies lessens.
On the other hand I still want some large flies, because the cod is a very greedy fish, and large flies will attract more - and meybe larger - fish. Tube flies are large and light, but the modular tube flies are even larger - and still very light.
The Banderillas can be a large fly - if you want
Tubular solutionsThe tube fly is essentially a fly tied on a thin tube, with the tippet going through the tube and attached to the hook. These flies are used largely for salmon fishing and are very popular in the Scandinavian countries.
Two long winged heads
Pearls on a stringBy making the tube fly in sections you get even more advantages: the fly can be made even larger, it's flexible and can move in the water and last but not least: its final design and size can be determined at waterside.
The tube fly - or tube fly system - you can see on this page - is called the Banderillas. The name comes from the Spanish name for the sticks the the bullfigther uses during the fight. The body sections of this fly has some resemblance to these sticks.
The basic Banderillas:
a wing section, two body sections and a tail section
Other sectionsApart from the body sections, The Banderillas system has two other sections: the head section and the tail section. The head bears a long wing and a hackle while the tail has a protuding piece of tube and a piece of semi soft silicone tube to guide the hook - and a hackle to hide it.
You can combine these sections as you want. On this page you see a single and a double fly - with one and two wing sections.
The cheapest fly material on earth?
Cotton swabs or Q-Tips: a dollar for a hundred...
They can be brittle, so look for the softest kind.
Inexpensive tube tool
I use tubes made from ordinary cotton swaps for all my tube flies. I prepare them as follows: Cut off the cotton part with a pair of pliers or a razor blade. Carefully melt a small collar in each end of the tube next to the flame of a candle or lighter.
Make sections in different lengths: whole, half and one third of a cotton swab.
Instructions for wing section:
Instructions for body section:
Instructions for body section:
Daichii tube hooks
- well suited for the Banderilleras