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Tube Flies
By Greg Travers,
With narrative by Al Campbell

When I received Greg Travers "Tying Tip" I was at a loss. I knew nothing about Tube Flies, or the process of creating them. So I asked Al Campbell for some assistance in explaining Greg's letter. Al Campbell came through with his narrative (Al, always comes through, if you have a question), so I have included the narrative in brackets following Greg's explanation. Then I went out on the Internet, searching for Tube Flies. Two sites I found Nordic Way Tube Flies, and Derrick's Pike Pages, are must see sites (links to these two sites at bottom of this article).

Here is what I found out. Tube Flies are a great way to create Streamers, for Freshwater and Saltwater Fly Angling. They are easy to make and are fun to do. The possibilities are endless on the creativity possible with this style of tying.

Tube & Hook Assembly from Derrick's Pike Page

Here's a tip. I like to tie a lot of tube flies; I use the standard Q-tip tubes by taking them and melting the ends. [He takes a plastic stem Q-Tip and cuts the fuzzy ends off, then melts the plastic ends a little so they flare.]

Alaskabou from Nordic Way

But trying to tie them is a hassle. Traditionally they were tied on a large salmon iron. [Scottish for salmon hook.]

Baker Buster from Nordic Way

Salmon irons were blind eye so this wasn't a problem. [Blind eye means it doesn't have an eye but rather a bump at the end of the hook.]

But most salmon hooks used for fishing come with the eyes already formed. I would hate to have to cut off the eye of what usually are expensive hooks especially in the size needed to tie a tube fly on, and blind eye hooks are too expensive for this purpose. So I came up with a solution.

Egg Sucking Zonker from Nordic Way

I take a large sized paper clip and bent it straight with a pair of needle-nose pliers. [Here the paper clip is secured in the vise like a hook would be. The tube is slid onto the shaft of the paper clip and a rounded type of fly is tied on the tube.]

Fritz Shrimp from Nordic Way

I then wrapped the shank with two or three layers of thread. With the added bulk of the thread the tube fits snuggly on the paper clip and doesn't spin while I tie on the tube. I hope this can be of some use to you. ~ Greg Travers

[The tube is slid over the paperclip that is wrapped with thread. The thread is snug enough that the tube won't turn when tying so a proper tube fly can be tied. To use a tube fly, you thread the tippet through the tube and tie it to a treble or double-hook, then fish the combination as a fly.] ~Al Campbell

I wish to thank, Bob Kenly at Nordic Way Tube Flies (, for the color photos of the various tied tube flies. A must see site, you really should visit.

I also wish to thank, Derrick (Mr. Pike) Rothermel at Derrick's Pike Pages (, for permission to use the photo of the tube and hook assembly. Another must see site, you really should visit. Derrick has many articles (with illustrations) on the complete process of tying tube flies. ~ Parnelli

Please check out the Fly Tying Section, on the Bulletin Board, on FAOL too.

If you have any questions, tips, or techniques; send them along. Someone else thought up most of this material before we did, they just forgot to tell anyone about it. Or else we just forgot about it, while learning something else. Let us share with each other, all the things we know! ~ Steven H. McGarthwaite (Chat Room AKA Parnelli)

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