Tube Style Plate

Published Aug 16th 2007

All kinds of tubes in an overview. Want to get an idea of the richness in the tube fly world? This is one place to look.


This page is just made to give you an overview over the different types of tubes and tying methods. The illustrations all appear in the articles in the Global FlyFisher Tube Theme.

Plain plastic tubes

The basic plastic tube fly - A simple hairwing fly tied on a dubbed and ribbed thick-walled, rigid plastic tube.
The basic plastic tube fly
Lined plastic tube - This very similar fly is tied on a short, lined plastic tube. Lining is not necesarry on plastic tubes, but some tyers adds the thin inner tube anyway.
Lined plastic tube
Flat coned tube - The flat cone is a Scandinavian invention, which will give a fly a large and visible front that moves a lot of water.
Flat coned tube
Add a cone for front weight - A traditional plastic tube can easily be tuned with a front cone on a thin inner tube glued to the main tube.
Add a cone for front weight
Pink! - By using translucent colorful plastic you can obtain a very visible with no work at all. Here the color is underlined by a cone painted pink.
Colorful - By adding a brightly colored junction tube as well as a front cone you can accent a dull fly. This cone is plastic and just inserted and glued to the finished fly.

Sunray style - A wing on a plastic tube essentially
Sunray style

Plain metal tubes
Copper for weight - Copper tubes are often used to give the fly weight. Add some flash and you have a visible fly for the depths.
Copper for weight
Going down - A brass tube and a low and stiff wing will give you a deep fishing fly for hard water.
Going down

Bottle tubes
A Bidoz aluminum bottle tube - The Bidoz bottle tubes are found in several lenghts and materials and lately also in a  thinner diameter. The bottles are available under a number of brand names - Veinard being one.
A Bidoz aluminum bottle tube
Bare bones - You can leave the tube bare as here and utilize the glare from the metal - in this case a Bidoz brass bottle
Bare bones
Dubbed bottle tube - Some bottle tubes, like the Bidoz bottles, allow you to tie a body on the tube.
Dubbed bottle tube
Bottle - This fly is tied on a bottle with rims front and rear.

Rear tubes
All shapes and colors - The rear tubes come in a wealth of shapes and colors.
All shapes and colors
Jurij Shumakov rear tube - Russian Jurij Shumakov had the Megoff brothers make these beautifully crafted grooved tubes. Shumakov added the paint to give some brightness to the rear of the fly.
Jurij Shumakov rear tube
Low water rear tube - This tube is very lightweight and allows you to tie flies, which will fish in shallow water or just under the surface in even slow water.
Low water rear tube
The Morrum bottle - The Morrum bottle is the classical rear tube. Here shown on a very simple fly.
The Morrum bottle
Morrum bottle and body - You can tie a body on the thin tube in front of a rear bottle.
Morrum bottle and body
Micro rear bottle - A very small rear tube allows you to tie light and well balanced flies for slow and shallow water.
Micro rear bottle

A bead as an ultra-short rear tube - This system was probably coined in Sweden by salmon angler Ulf Sill.
A bead as an ultra-short rear tube
Beads in stead of a tube - or cones - By stacking beads you get a compact and heavy body.
Beads in stead of a tube - or cones
The Russian Bullet - Jurij Shumakov\'s very heavy and compact fly with stacked tungsten beads separated by hackles.
The Russian Bullet

IBS rear tube system - The Interchangeable Body Tube System (oddly enough called IBS rather than IBTS) consists of a fly tied on the thin inner tube and a selection of rear tubes to use with it. It allows you to adjust weight and color at waterside.
IBS rear tube system
Convertible Tube Fly - Tony Pagliei\'s convertible tube fly concept where a dressed hook is combined with a tube tied head section.
Convertible Tube Fly
The Banderillas style - Theses flies are tied on several sections of tubes and combined waterside to determin size, color, weight etc.
The Banderillas style

Tube popper - The popper style lends itself very well to thin and rigid tubes.
Tube popper
Sequin style - One of tube fly tyer Bob Kenly\'s hallmarks is the sequins glued to the tube using epoxy - as well as the use of epoxy in many of his patterns.
Sequin style
Lure fly - This is an example of a fly type with a massive body - in some ways a lure more than a fly. Such flies are often built on tubes using foil (like here), epoxy, silicone, glue, suede, foam, Softex or a combination of such materials.
Lure fly

There are of course a lot more styles than this - I will add them as I think of them and get the time to draw them. Help me remember other styles. Drop me a mail or a comment, and I'll work on it. Until then you can study the different styles in this article.
- Martin

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User comments
From: brian colin · dbrianc·at·  Link
Submitted October 6th 2007

I wish that I had found this site yesterday or earlier: it would have saved a lot of time spent in evading giving written instructions to a friend! I have nontheless now forwarded him the instructions from these pages some 24 hours after my hand written attempt!

Excellent site, a happy find! Thank you!

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