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Old 01-21-2008, 05:33 PM
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Question Which hook for tube flies ?

I posted a thread recently asking how many out there are
tying tube flies & using them. If you tie up your own what
hook do you normally use ? Let's say you are targeting
steelhead for instance. Do you use a single #6 or #4 small
shanked hook ? Do you ever use a double or tribel hook ?

From everything I'm reading about these type of flies there
is a much better hooking & landing ratio as compared to a
#4 6xlong streamer hook.

If you use them, or tie them what is your hook preference ?
How about tube length preference ? Or tube diameter ?

How about some discussion ?

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Old 01-22-2008, 12:19 PM
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Hi tie one on,

I am no expert but the little I know is about the hooks. You need a 2X heavy and 4X or 5X straight eyed, short hooks. Typical trailer hooks work well. The size of the hook has a lot to do with the size of the fly and its intended target. Tube Flies should be more popular than they are. They are very flexible and easy to make tandem or extra long. The tubing used to grip the eye of the hook is usually quite flexible. You can use plastic, aluminum or steel tubes.

If you want to get into Tube Flies I suggest this book: Tube Flies: A Tying, Fishing & Historical Guide. It has good reviews on Amazon. The one problem I have with it is the Publisher, Frank Amato Publications. Amato has published some terrible books. This one sounds like an exception. I have not seen it.

There are several places that sells material for tube flies. Kaufmann's has them for the Northwest Steelheaders.

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Default Re: Which hook for tube flies ?

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Do you use a single #6 or #4 small
shanked hook ? Do you ever use a double or tribel hook ?

From everything I'm reading about these type of flies there
is a much better hooking & landing ratio as compared to a
#4 6xlong streamer hook.

If you use them, or tie them what is your hook preference ?
How about tube length preference ? Or tube diameter ?

How about some discussion ?

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I dont think you are tying large enough flies if you are using single #4's or #6's. When fishing trout streamers I prefer to put two 2/0 longs, 6-7" long total, in tandem for my largest streamers. For steelhead i would imagine that i would want at least that size as well. I prefer 2 hooks on fly's that large, although i have tandem setups down to size 6, and i prefer these to the tube setup.

I actually just am earning how to fly tie as well. My buddy who used to tie up the stuff we couldnt buy just moved to Cali. So it forced me to learn how to tie. It is rather time consuming to tie flies that large for me, so my stock of large streamers is dropping.

I need to find a place on the internet know where they sell trout/salmon/stealhead streamers to 7" in weight that are bead headed and wrapped in lead so i dont have to tie.
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Old 01-23-2008, 10:36 AM
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Default Re: Which hook for tube flies ?

Thanks for the replies.

Frank,
I had checked in with my local shop concerning tube flies &
many of the materials involved with tying them. Most, if not
close to all, of the items were way over priced in my mind.
The fly shop I frequent typically has prices that are GOOD for
typical tying items. Maybe since tube flies are somewhat new &
that they carried only one manufacturer's items that may have
set what was being charged. I found a place via the internet
(flyfishusa.com out of Oregon) that had pretty decently
priced items & ordered some with hopes of tying up some flies
for the upcoming season. If I get a few tied up soon I may even
use them for steelhead & see how they work. That website has
articles/comments about these flies & they pretty much swear
by them for hooking/landing bigger fish.

Thanks for the comments,
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Tie One On,

I will be looking for some pictures after you get everything sorted out.

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I be glad to send some pics of my tube flies once I start
tying some. I'll also send a few of some other flies I have
tied & use with success.

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