View Original Forum Topic
Current Tags for This Pattern
/ Krystal Flash
/ peacock herl
Tube Fly - Erie Candy tied by letumgoFly Type: Epoxy
, Target Species: Freshwater Bass
, Recommended Region: Northeast US
, Imitation: General Baitfish
, Material List:
Tubebody: 1" long tube (Either a center section of an ordinary plastic Q-tip for an unweighted version, or an HMH Type G, Lined Copper, 3/32" OD) - The metal tube acts as the weight for the fly).
Use flexable tubing to hold fly to the hook of your choice. The following hooks work nicely with tube flies (Daiichi Xpoint X510 & Daiichi 2450). Recommended hook sizes - 4, 6 & 8.
Thread: White 6/0 Uni-Thread
Gills: Two (2) strands of Danville Rayon Floss
Wing (from Bottom to Top): White Superhair, Silver Krystal Flash, Opal Mirage Freshwater Flashabou, Olive Superhair, and Peacock Herl overwing).
The color combination can be changed to match bait fish in your local area.
Eyes: 3/16 inch Gold Holographic 3D stick-on eyes by Hareline
Cheeks: 1/8" Pearl Flexi-cord
Tie fly from back to front, with the high tying method (each item is tied on in front of and over previous layer).
I find it easiest to tie in these materials in small bundles and then fold them over the fly tying thread. This helps with the precise placement of the materials and also ensures the the slippery synthetics do not slip out later.
The head of the fly should be coated with epoxy or Soft Body to give it the look and dimensions of at real minnow.Presentation Tips:
Strip-pause presentation to imitate a minnow/small bait fish.
Cast and retrieve to imitate a fleeing baitfish/minnow. This fly looks very realistic in the water.
Note - When the fly is tied on the plastic tubing it will sink very slowly. When it is fished with a floating line, it rides about a foot under the surface when it is stripped in. If you are fising deeper water, you may want to use a wet tip or full sink line to get the fly deeper. The version tied on a copper tube will sink more quickly and allow you to fish deeper without changing lines.