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I want to start tying tube flies because I've heard that they are easier to fish with because you are able to get most of your flies back that way. I was wondering if anyone had any steps to tying tube flies or a link to site with steps, also a few tube patterns would be nice so that I could start tying a few.

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All you need is the tube fly adapter from HMH. They can be found here- HMH Tube Fly Tying Tools

 

Tying the fly is no different than tying normal flies. The only difference is the size difference between a hook and a tube. I'd suggest starting with easy patterns like the Mickey Finn, or Black Nosed Dace. Then once you get used to tying on tubes, your options are unlimited. Nymphs, bass bugs, salmon flies, almost anything can be tied on a tube.

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Your best bet would be to search through the data here for fly submissions and postings of and about tube flies. Also, and an option is to search the net and to try www.tubeflies.com for patterns and other info pertaining to them. Other info can be obtained from various books, namely Tube Flies: A Tying, Fishing & Historical Guide by Mark Mandell & Les Johnson which is a good read.

 

Other than that and with vises, HMH will probably be the best and most cost effective way getting into tying tubes. I personally only have the starter tool, which will soon be replaced by a HMH premium tube vise because after tying on an actual "tube vise" and not an adapter, to me it's just soo much better. HMH also makes a Spinner Tube Vise at just over $100 bucks which looks pretty good.

 

And as Blueman says, start on some easier patterns because it will become easier with just a bit of time. However, and when you get into the different metal tubes, the heavier tubes will sustain just about as much damage as if you were to use a regular fly.

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I just started tying tubes and I'm in love with it, nice change after 20 + years of tying (I'm only 32! LOL) The convertable tubes like Tony ties on www.tubeflies.com are awsome because you can change the look of a fly by just changing the hook. I use the HMH tube fly adapter with my peak vice and it works awsome.

 

I highly recommend adding tubes to your arsenal, I have not started to fish them yet but I'm tossing some in the salt water in march on vacation, I'll post some pics if I catch anything!

 

Termite

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There are a couple tutorials giving step-by-step instructions for tying tube flies on this web site (go to the tutorial section for details). You should also do a search on "tube flies" in the pattern database to see a range of different pattens.

 

Here are some useful tube fly links I've come across while surfing the web:

 

http://flyfisherman.com/ftb/bctubeflies/

 

http://globalflyfisher.com/keywords/?keyword=tube_flies

 

I am especially looking forward to the new book by Mark Mandell and Bob Kenly (Spring 2007)

"Tube Flies Two - Evolution"

"A Generation of Tying Techniques, Materials, and Fishing Applications"

http://tubetyer.tripod.com/mysite00/id25.html

 

http://globalflyfisher.com/reports/mandal2002/

 

http://www.hmhvises.com/tubeflyguide.pdf#s...tube%20flies%22

 

http://www.akflyfishers.com/fom_tube_flies.html

 

http://www.flyanglersonline.com/flytying/t...ps/part136.html

 

http://www.flyanglersonline.com/features/p...sh/part245.html

http://www.flyanglersonline.com/features/p...sh/part246.html

http://www.flyanglersonline.com/features/p...sh/part247.html

http://www.flyanglersonline.com/features/p...sh/part248.html

 

http://www.tpagsco.com/

 

http://www.irishangler.com/

 

http://www.angelfire.com/wa/salmonid/contributor18.html

 

http://www.canadiantubeflies.com/flytying.html

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wow i cant wait to start these. they look incredible!!!!! :bugeyes: :headbang: i just need to go buy some q-tips <_<

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well i got my tubes! :D :D :D now i just gotta go tie some up!

 

TUBE-DOM HERE I COME :gunsmilie:

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Not much of an expert on tube flies, but I know of an excellent vise for a good price. I just recently bought a danvise at Sportsman's Warehouse for about 75 bucks. I first saw it on Al Beatty's website, and tested it out in the store. For an inexpensive rotary vice, this is the only I would go with. I love it. Thanks Al.

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well i tied my first tube fly last night. nothin special, just a black nose dace. looks very nice though. i tied a two prong wire weedguard and some red marabou to a trailer hook for it.

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you dont really need a new vise. there are many tricks you can use. my favorite is using one of those pins, i think they are called hat pins or something, but the have the big ball at the end of them. just take one of those, and stick it thru your tube and in your vise. thats what i use, except i couldt find any pins, so i just put a bead of hot glue on the end of a straightened papercllip. works OK!

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I love the renzetti tube fly vice. Just got it a month ago with all of the mandrels.

 

I'm partial to renzetti though. He had his first shop near where I live and my dad and he used to go fishing when I was just sparkle in my dad's eyes.

 

I don't want to damage my jaws in my existing vise with an adapter like hmh. I tie enough flies to specialize in the vice department, so I got one.

 

Hope you find what you like. If there is a fly shop nearby, see if you can "test drive" a few.

 

good luck,

Frank

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