Convertible tubes

Published Aug 14th 2007

What Are Convertible Tube Flies?


6 by 3 Convertible Tube System - Six tails and three front tubes will give you 18 different combinations. Add one more head and get six more flies.
6 by 3 Convertible Tube System
They're two part flies which consist of "heads/tubes" and "tails/hooks" that can be interchanged to create "mix and match" color and profile combinations allowing the modern fly fisher the ability to adapt to any fishing situation! This technique of tying additional feathers and fur to your trailing hook is not new to the world of tube flies, several tube fly tiers from around the world have used this idea for years but no one has incorporated a complete component concept like your truly!

For example, a woolly bugger/egg sucking leech styled tube fly that has a marabou dressed tail can be transformed into an eelworm style fly by adding a long hackle dressed trailing hook.
Now, factor in the front half of the tube "The Head" which can be tied in several colors, styles and sinking rates then add a variety of dressed trailing hooks "The Tail", put these combo's together and you've designed a convertible tube fly! The combinations can be endless.

You will never again be left without the right fly in your box to match the food source or fishing condition at hand. There will also be more room in your vest because you can eliminate half of the fly boxes with this new tube fly concept. This equates to less time tying flies at the vise and more time on the water catching fish. And, watch the number of hook-ups increase as well! For more information about convertible tube flies, log onto (Editor's note: the site is unfortunately dead)

Bugger Convertible tube fly - Hackled front tube and marabou rear hook will yield you a Beadhead Wooly Bugger.
Bugger Convertible tube fly
ESL Convertible tube fly - Hackled front tube and a leech rear hook and you have en Egg Sucking Leech (ESL).
ESL Convertible tube fly

ESL Egg Sucking Leech (convertible tube fly)
TypeTube fly
Tony Pagliei

TubingHMH Custom 1 1/2 inch blank with black junction tubing
ThreadGudebrod 3/0 Black
Rear HackleNatural black rooster saddle hackle
Main HackleNatural black rooster saddle hackle (palmered)
BodyBlack cactus chenille
Hackle CollarGrizzly dyed Purple hen saddle hackle
HeadSun Orange 7 mm Jig Bead
Trailing Hook #1Mustad 60500BLN # 4-8
ThreadGudebrod 3/0 Black
TailNatural black marabou w/ Flashabou strands
Trailing Hook #2Mustad 60500BLN # 4-8
ThreadGudebrod 3/0 Black
Tail(4) Natural black saddle hackles

Tony Pagliei with fish caught on Convertible Flies

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User comments
From: Santiago Lesta · sslesta·at·  Link
Submitted December 6th 2007

i have not yet seen any fly usefull for argentinian patagonia. Do you know something really great for landlocked salmon

GFF staff comment
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From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·  Link
Submitted July 31st 2014


Tony's original magazine is unfortunately dead, and I can't find any replacements anywhere.


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From: Rick N. Riggins · ricstytlyn·at·  Link
Submitted July 30th 2014

Wanted to know if Tony still has his personal website. This page is done very well and has great information

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