Tube flies for fishing with a single-handed rod.

I recommend that you tie your tube flies using short tubes when fishing a single-handed fly rod and tube flies, this will give you many advantages in your practical fishing. Tube flies with short bodies are much easier to fish, as they have much less resistance both in the air and in the water when casting. If you tie the wing using soft hair materials such as fox or temple dog hair the fly will have a beautiful swimming action in the water. It is also important to balance the tube fly. Many people use cone heads for this, I prefer lead thread as I want to decide the exact weight myself. It is easier to tie using lead thread too, and it never comes off during fishing. When I tie my tube flies I use two different tube dimensions, the thinnest in size small and the thickest in size large, this is the combination I use the most. When the river is low and warm I use the combination x-small and medium. I tie the body of the fly on the thickest tube and the wings and front hackle on the smallest tube. I tie the wing in the opposite way, so that I fold the wing back, coupled with the difference in diameter between the two tube sizes this means that you can tie tubes with really long wings that will not tangle with the hook when casting. The head also becomes very small when tying on the thinnest tube. Previously it was the length of the tube fly body deciding the size if the fly, whereas today it is the length of the wing. With this fly tying technique I can fish flies as large as 10-14 cm even when using a single-handed 6 weight rod. I separate between the flies I tie for fishing with double-handed and single-handed rods. For double-handed fishing I use longer tubes, especially for the tubes I use for a river in flood.

Construction of short bodies tied on plastic tubes.

Picture 1.
Apply some turns of the tying thread on the thinnest tube before pushing this into the thicker one. Remember the varnish, this makes the fly more durable.

Picture 2.
The thinnest tube should only be pushed around 0,5 cm into the thickest tube. This is because there must be enough room left to fit the hook.


Picture 3.
Apply the lead thread. For fishing tube hooks in sizes 6 and 8: 22 turns. Sizes 10 and 12: 18 turns. Tie the lead thread on in two layers, half forwards and half backwards. Now you have achieved a height equal to the thickest tube, in other words an extension of the body. Remember to secure the lead using tying thread. You finish off the body on top of the lead thread. The thickest tube should be around 1 cm long, which makes 1,5 cm including the lead thread. This suits you if you want the hook to be stuck in the tube. If you want the hook to hang freely, you can do with a shorter length of the thickest tube.

Picture 4.
This fly almost calls the salmon´s name on its way towards the bank!

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