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    Default Tube Flies....

    Just curious, I wonder what people think of tube flies...One of my buddies has telling me how great they are...I'm not convinced; what do you guys think?

    Dan

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    Default Re: Tube Flies....

    I just this year started tying them. I tried using brass tube, which goes deep like a rock. I tried using using the part of a ball point pen ink tube the ink was out of. This is by far my favorite source of free tubes. But it is a limited source. All in all, I kinda like 'em. I'm even considering breaking down and buying proper materials. I'm on my way out of town right now, but I'll post a couple of the tube flies I have experimented with when I get back. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone. Dan

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    Default Re: Tube Flies....

    I have not started tying them, but I have tried a few. I like them. I like the ability to have the same pattern tied on a different tube to be able to fish them at various depths. Also having the choice to use a different hook size is nice, too.

    I'll probably fork over the bucks to start tying up my own tubes.

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    Default Re: Tube Flies....

    Why to you want to use tub flies Dan?It's the first time I see someone who wants to fish in his bathroom

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    Default Re: Tube Flies....

    Not a tube fly per say, but I use to carry separate popper heads that you could string on your tippet in front of a streamer.
    (Kinda like the interchangeable heads on a Bob's Banger)
    There wasn't really any advantage to it as I carry plenty of poppers anyway.
    Last edited by Rip Tide; 12-22-2009 at 04:40 PM.
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    Default Re: Tube Flies....

    Dan, just curious - what don't you like about tube flies?

    I have been converting my flies to tube flies. I like them a lot and find them very easy to use and to tie. They make a big difference for me with bass and bluegill b/c the hooks are so much easier to remove.

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    Default Re: Tube Flies....

    Didn't say I didn't like them... Just curious about experiences others have had with them...I have seen some beautiful examples for patterns for Steelhead...I am looking at swinging flies more then I do now, and they will definitely be something I will try.

    Dan

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    Default Re: Tube Flies....

    Have used them for years for salmon and shad. I like them for swinging with currents and getting down. for trout I don't care for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandfly View Post
    Have used them for years for salmon and shad. I like them for swinging with currents and getting down. for trout I don't care for them.
    is that what tube flies are used for? or any other species of the deep?

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    I have used tube flies on and off for years. All my poppers are tube flies, mostly because I use round high density foam and the tubes slide into a drilled hole very easily. I like them on streamers that dont have a top. The hook can move so sometimes it will make your streamers run sideways. In my mind the best advantage is no rusted hooks. I always used to throw away flies with rusty hooks.
    Side note....I tie mine on plastic gas line for model airplanes. $.99 for three foot.

    If you get a tube kit that mounts in your vice, add a plastic bead to the front to help keep the tube from turning while tying.

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