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First published June 15th 2011 - A couple of years ago
Tying tube flies
All about tying flies on metal and plastic tubes, bottle tubes and even more about using cones disks and other tube fly materials. Saltwarer, salmon, sea trout, bass. Tubes work for them all.
Tube BasicsTube theme: This is the first article in the GFF Tube Fly Theme: An introduction to the concept of tube flies and some arguments for using tubes rather than hooks. The article will give you a basic knowledge about tube flies and prepare you for the rest of the theme.
Start your tube ride here.
Tube StylesTube theme: If you think that a tube for a tube fly is a cylindrical piece of plastic, then you are in for a surprise. This article will present more tube styles than most fly tyers ever imagined, and probably teach even seasoned tubers a thing or two.
Read this first article in the GFF tube fly theme.
Tube FliesClassical: This is the all-time classical volume on tube flies, and as the subtitle "A tying, fishing and historical guide" implies it deals with all aspects of tube flies. If you are looking for a general introduction to tubes in book-form, this is the way to go.
Read the book review here
Tube Flies TwoTubastical: Tube fly books are few and far apart and the moment Martin Joergensen learned that this one was coming, he knew it was a must for him. Mark Mandell and GFF contributor Bob Kenly have gathered a bunch of the most innovative and influential tube fly tyers in this book.
Read the review here
Hairwings & TubesSalmon flies: With this book "Hairwing & Tube Flies for Salmon" Chris Mann has worked his way through yet another pile of flies sent to him from all over the world. And Chris Mann has done it again and provided us pattern-hungry fly tiers with a wealth of new patterns to inspire us.
Read GFF partner Martin Joergensen's review here.
The Barbell TubeSteve Egge has been spending some time lately playing at the vise with some interesting bottle tubes.Here is his latest, which shows how varied you can be with tube tying. Tying behind the tube, on the tube body and in front of the tube.
See Steve Egge's classical yet new steelhead fly here.
Sunray ShadowPatented: The Sunray Shadow is a true killer fly for salmon fishing. Tied on a tube with a wing and no body, simple as few flies, but still - or maybe rather because of that - extremely efficient. The fly uses few materials and is very easy to tie.
We look at a version, which is fairly loyal to the original.
Staring Sunray ShadowHere's looking at you kid: Ray Brook's classic the Sunray Shadow can hardly be outdone by any variation of this simple yet very efficient fly. But some people still like to add little details to killer patterns. This version of the Sunray has a body and eyes.
It can see where the fish are.
Black Ghost TubeGhost buster: Believe in ghosts? How about a black one? If you're fishing sea trout or brown trout, or even salmon, there is no way around the Black Ghost. It has caught thousands of fish around the world. This is an all time classic that has proven itself.
See how to tie two different tube versions of this fly.