|Zip lock great way to carry big flies.|
Well, they are no secret… tube flies are out there and people in the know are using them to fish for steelhead, Atlantic and Pacific salmon, even large trout with lots of success. The boys across the pond have been using them for years. Tying some of the first tube flies on goose quills, and the first plastic tubes on the stripped coating of electrical wire. Even in the Northwest guys have been fishing them for some time now.
|Be as creative as you want with your tubes!!!|
Now tube flies have become far more mainstream. Both, on the market flies, and the amount of tube fly tying products and accessories have gone through the roof in the last five years. With innovative tiers and progressive companies backing these tiers up, the steelhead anglers of the Northwest can reap the rewards.
|Tandem flies are easy and effective.|
Why tube flies you say??? For a few reasons, let me explain. The best things about tube flies are usually the reasons you hate some of your solid hook flies. With tube flies you get to pick which ever trailing hook you like. The sky is the limit on hooks but keep in mind you will land more fish on a short-shanked hook than you will on a long-shanked hook. Hooks with long shanks can aid the fish in getting off , the rolling and turning fish will unknowingly use this long piece of metal as leverage to pry the hook free, at least in my experience. Another good reason to use short hooks is the fact that on smaller fish large hooks can cause mortality. Plus if your stinger hook becomes dull just change hooks, no need to try and sharpen. Here are the most popular hooks used:
|Spring Sandy fish fell for a deadly tube.|
Owner liner hooks size 2-6
TMC 105 sizes 4-8
Gamakatsu Octopus hooks 1-4
Gamakatsu Split Shot/Drop Shot 1-4
|Chromer Fell for a “Lady Gaga” tube|
There are many other hook options. These are just to get your mind working. Rigging tube flies can be as easy as a simple clinch knot, surgeons knot, or even a blood knot.
|Tube flies can be massive!|
|Nick Rowell skater sweet!|
Last and one of my favorite benefits of tubes is you can tie skated flies that will never sink! That’s right hitched tubes are awesome. Unsinkable with the leader coming into the side of the tube the harder the river pulls against the tube the better and higher it skates. I love fishing skated flies and with the hook angled down toward the fish as the Steelhead comes to the fly. You seem to hook more fish on the skated tube than the traditional waked flies.
|Great movement in this tube!|
|Lots of my Favorites!|
|My buddy Bruce with a coastal fish that fell for a tube fly.|
If you do tie your own flies then use these as a muse to help you get creative. You might also want to check out the Protube and Guideline websites or even Fly Fish USA for some ideas and the available tube components. Even tying old classic on tube can be done and makes tying fun and new again.