Minimalist Approach to Tube Flies

What is a tube fly? Tube flies have been around since the 1940's. They are flies tied around a tube instead of the shank of a hook. Tubes are generally made of stiff plastic or metal such as brass, aluminum, or copper. The hard tube slips inside a soft vinyl connecting tube on one end. The connecting tube slips over the eye of the hook. To attach the tippet to the fly, you thread the tippet through the tube and its connector, knot the eye of the hook, and pull the eye into the connector.

If you don't want to spend the money for special tying equipment but you want to give them a try here is a fast and inexpensive approach using a finishing nail. One of our employees, Danny Smith, uses a section of coat hanger to accomplish the same thing.

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