Sparkling bodies for tube flies.

These days, tube flies are tied in a variety of ways, it is more usual to employ shorter bodies than before. Many fishermen also use short aluminium or copper tubes. When tying the tube flies with short bodies and long, soft wings you achieve an incredible swimming action. However, it is more difficult to tie nice body segments on short bodies, on the shortest bottle tubes there is almost no room for a body at all. With this technique it is very easy to create nice bodies with lots of “life”, and also great colours in a very simple way, even with very limited space.
You need a dubbing twister in order to do this, I prefer the type that rotates, as this creates tighter dubbing loops. And this type is better suited for synthetic materials, which is somewhat stiffer than natural materials. The material I use is Angel Hair, and in this synthetic range there are a multitude of great colours and different colour combinations. When I tie tube flies for early season fishing on cold and high rivers I use this technique, but also when tying flies for summer flood fishing.  I feel that it important to have strong colours in the body as well as in the wing, this makes for a fantastic overall colour impression of the fly. You basically create a body hackle using synthetic materials. The front hackle can easily be tied in this way as well. You can use this technique for all your favourite patterns, just swap your usual hackle with one from the Angel Hair range in the same colour. Try the PMD colour for flies tied for fishing rivers in flood, this colour is great!

Picture 1.
Create a dubbing loop where you will tie in the body hackle, and finish tying the body. Cut off a bunch of Angel Hair and place this in the loop. For the front body you spread the bunch in the loop in lengths of around 5 cm. If you want to tie the body hackle over a longer body you need a length of 10 cm. The width of the bunch should be around 3 cm.


Picture 2.
Then you rotate the dubbing twister until the hair is stuck properly, and brush out any uneven parts using a small brush. Then you create a tapered body hackle using a pair of scissors (the shortest hair at the beginning), and apply the hackle around the body.


Picture 3.
Spread the hackle and pick out any loose hair.


Picture 4.
Brush the hair backwards.


Picture 5.
Look at that great coloration of the fly!

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