Tube Fly Turmoil
The concept of tube flies is fairly well known, but we still get questions about the basic ideas as well as some of the new tube systems. This theme tries to answer them.
Trying to grasp the many different styles and types of tubes available out there can be almost impossible. This article tries to set things straight and cover most of the tube styles currently on the market.
Tube flies have long been stable flies for many salmon anglers all over the world, and these practical flies have also been adopted by salt water anglers in need of large flies. But tubes can be useful to almost any angler apart from those using the smallest of flies.
We frequently show tube fly patterns on the site and not rarely does that spawn some questions about the ins and outs of these flies. This theme will try to introduce newcomers to the basic concepts of tubes and pile some knowledge on top of the basics to extend a bit further on the subject.
There are several good reasons to tie and use tube flies:
- You separate fly and hook. Trash the fly and keep the hook or vice versa
- You can avoid the fly becoming a lever in the mouth of the fish
- You can tie large but still light flies
- You can tie some very heavy and compact flies
- You can construct some very special flies
- Tubes can be inexpensive (but also the opposite)
I will cover each of these arguments in further detail as we go along.
Below you see a bunch of flies tied in the traditional Scandinavian style, but tube flies are much more than that, which this theme hopefully will demonstrate. To the right you will find links to the different articles in this theme, but you can also use the keyword tube flies as an entry.
You can get an idea about the richness of tube flies by browsing this tube fly plate, which barely scratches the surface of tube fly styles.