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my extended tube fly rigging

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In continuation from the last post, in greater detail, given the additional complexity associated with it, here is a SBS of my extended tube flies. For interest, I return to my old Canon G11 (ASA 400) under an LED light to see image quality.

The materials, with the tippet and the pink seed bead threaded.  You can user larger beads, but as this is a thin fly, I prefer the fine seed bead.

As noted in my previous post, I prefer a stiffer tippet, such as Maxima Chameleon 12# or heavier Seaguar Blue Fluorocarbon.

As you are working with multiple small parts, this is not a procedure you want to execute when in the river with cold hands and a wind in your face. Get comfortable, then relax and proceed.

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Yes, the seed bead is there.  If you use larger beads, ensure the hole is not too larger and will allow the knot to pass through, or be prepared to stack small to large beads.

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Apply the hook, and as illustrated I wrap the shank to provide for a strong tippet, but also a stiffer tippet.

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Create an open loop knot, I use the Rapala Knot, and thus why I started before the hook wrap with a loop. If the final loop is large enough, you can add the loop after you thread on the hook as the hook is easy to manipulate.

Oh yes, I have yet to do this, but I intend to keep scrap cuttings off my tube flies to protect the hook point from digging into me.

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Knot secured, trimmed and pulled in.

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My on the river box of beads and hooks.

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And a guide to the Rapala know, with the modification that I wrap the tippet around the hook shank on a Up-Eye Hook.


Oh yes, if you are keeping to ProTube, I recommend looking at the new MicroTubes that allow for the inclusion of a silicon hook holder – medium or large.


Written by raspberryfisher

2017/05/06 at 22:07

Posted in Fly-Fishing, Spey, Streamer

Tube Bunnies – Supporting Notes

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Note that I am using white Lady Amherst as my lateral line.

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Supplier – ProTube.  The system provided by Protube is fine, but I wish the same could be said for their supply change.  The broad discussions with retailers in the US and Canada would indicate the faults of supply and availability are up the supply chain – distributor and-or company itself.

I have not found supply to be better in Sweden either, and ProTube’s head office is in neighbouring Denmark.

If I was starting fresh, I would look to Canadian Tube Fly Company .  I would call Stuart and have him to create a kit for the species you want to target.  He also has some great feathers to.

Rigging – I been working with two distinct approaches – trailer and in the tube.

For long flies that are always under tension on a swing, I will extend the hook back using an open loop knot that wraps around the hook eye (like a Turle knot). The beads are used to prevent the knot coming into the tube, and thus defines the length of the trailer.  The tippet should be stiff, and my preferred tippet is Chameleon 12 lb or if I am using 16-20 lb, then will transition to Seaguar Blue Fluorocarbon and be prepared to use a size 4 hook.

The hooks I use are Black or Read Up-Eye Hooks – Gamakatsu Octopus 2306 Sizes 8 and 6, Mustad 92568 BLN Size 6, 4.  or Owner SSW 5115-073 Size 4

The challenge is defining the open loop length, which in the following image is too small.  (I bought this fly out of the UK, so see how they (he) ties flies for a reference).

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And for small flies, put the hook eye into the tube (after you have tied on the tippet).  And which hook do I use for this? – Gamakatsu C14S, size 8 and 6.

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Above is an alternate tie that I like to for black tube bunnies – silicon legs and guinea collar.  I have also done dark purple under bellies to.

Rod – I will use my tube flies to chase trout, but you do not want to use a traditional single-hand 4-5wt to throw my tube bunnies, as the fly is too heavy after it absorbs water. Thus,  if I have my dry fly rod in my hand, and want to move to a streamer, I will change over to a muddler or change my rod – either a two-hand Meiser 12’6 4wt (1264S) or my single hand Scott Arc 10′ 7wt.

Please note the AFTM rating for a single hand 5wt rod is 140 grains, but the line weight of the shooting head for the “Trout” 4wt Meiser is 324gr – much more than single weight rod and can handle the smaller tube bunnies. This illustrates, where traditional line rating for “spey” rods does not transpose to the single-hand family of rod.

I would also caution, if you want to throw larger tube flies on the Meiser 1264 than my previously posted tube bunnies, I would suggest you change materials (Arctic Fox) or get a heavier rod!

What heavier (stronger) Spey rods, do I have

  • Meiser – 1305S – 5 piece (it can travel with me) – with a 411 grain head
  • Burkheimer 7134 – 520 grain head.  Makes a great steelhead rod, but a little too much for most trout.


Written by raspberryfisher

2017/05/06 at 01:18

Mono Eyes

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A relative basic fly-tying step over the past 3 weeks, making eyes for shrimp and crabs. While black is the standard, I do keep and will use a few atypical colour eyes, such as green for mantis or grass shrimp patterns.

My procedure:

  1. Cut 100 to 125mm length of 16lb Mason Hard Filament.
  2. Melt with lighter to form a ball.
  3. Optional: Add see bead(s) (see red pupil black eye below).
  4. Use UV Resin to form a ball to desire size (also binds the glass bead).
  5. Paint with Sally Hansen’s Nail Polish.
  6. Seal with 2 coats of gel-coat.



Written by raspberryfisher

2016/01/12 at 02:48

mini Tube-Bunnies

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With the warm fall, Judy and I have been fishing for Smallmouth Bass and I have been using this time to improve in a couple of areas – spey casting and developing my preferences (or not) for tube flies.

I have been using a Meiser 12’6″ 4wt Scandi and found my larger tube bunnies too heavy when wet, so I just created a fast set of small (mini) tube bunnies. Key attributes:

  • Colour Pattern to represent Smallmouth Bass or Brown Trout.
  • The fly from head to end of tail is less than 2″ (5.1cm).
  • To get the Amherst tail to flair, apply full (thick) dubbing for the underbelly. The top red metal head fly at the top has no dubbing on the belly and the accents Amherst are slim and along the length of the tube, but the flies in front have the dubbing and the Amherst flairs out. I prefer the latter.
  • To get the head tight in …. a scalpel is your best friend. When you secure the front of rabbit to the tube, bind tightly with 5 overlapping flat wraps of thread. Trim off the rabbit with a surgical scalpel right beside thread wraps.

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The recipe is simple:

  • Protube – your choice of colour.
  • Start thread at the tube junction – small to large – and create a smooth transition, and then cement.
  • Tie in rabbit hanging back – 70% hanging back – on the larger section of the tube. Wetting head will make passing thread over easier.
  • Use a “thick” dub for the under belly.
  • Pull rabbit over to the head, secure with 5 wraps and trim tightly with a scalpel.
  • Add in Amherst tail around the tube, then knot, tie off.
  • Add head of choice.

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Last, my Nikon is in for repair and using my old Canon G11 and the difference in sharpness is very noticale to my eyes.


Written by raspberryfisher

2015/09/22 at 22:53

Posted in Fly-Tying, Streamer

the Ugly – last fuzzy nymph-streamer tie for 2015

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Tied on a TMC 5163 Size 10 Hook, but arguably a short wet fly hook such as Kamasan B175 might be a better fit (would result in a full hackle body). As such the fly has three distinct parts.

  • Tail – Muskrat with long guard fibers with the underbody fur.
  • Lower Body – Dubbing – Muskrat and Wolf (I do not have Coyote)
  • Upper Body – Dubbing + 2 Grizzly Hen Hackles

I am using a silver wire to re-enforce the body, with a silver bead-head and a wire wound weighted hook shank.

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An experiment, the tail being muskrat with a heavy dub of wolf guard hairs around the tail.

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The Ugly is a traditional (old) Ausable Pattern, and in many ways it is similar to a Wooly Bugger but (I am speculating) relying on hairs from animals that were available in Upstate NY at the time – Hen, Coyote and Muskrat.


Written by raspberryfisher

2015/09/21 at 19:34

Posted in Fly-Tying, Nymphs, Streamer

Squirrel Nymph-Streamer

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I am not sure why a previous post is gone, but as noted last weekend we saw a lot of rain, so rather than getting on the river, I tied some large heavy squirrel nymphs, and as noted before also are effective as a small streamer.

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Written by raspberryfisher

2015/09/16 at 21:21

Posted in Fly-Tying, Nymphs, Streamer

Small Fly Fishing Kit

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Fly-Fishing can be a bulky endeavour – rods, waders, boots, and hundreds of flies. So I have been working to reduce-reduce and reduce, so I can take a small kit with me on my travels. So here is my current answer:

  • No Waders and Boots – so I must keep to the shore and the edges of water.
  • Jacket and Hat  – my regular Gore-Tex jacket.
  • Fly-Rods + Reel: 9′ 5pc (9wt and 5wt) – will fit in my regular check in luggage.
  • Fishing Bag, as below.

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Fishpond Bag – with the large back pocket holding:

  • Maui Polarized Sunglasses
  • Waterproof Camera
  • Buff – with sunscreen and hat provides the protection I need from sun and insects
  • Flies – Either tube bunnies or one box dry flies

On the bag’s side – floatant, tippet (2x-6x) and nippers.

On the bag’s front – a rare earth magnet – as previously reported a catch all convenience to hold flies on the stream as I can things around.

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The most open pocket holds:

  • Leaders for Dry Flies – 7.5′ (4x pocket water) and 9′ in (5x flat water).
  • Leaders for Streamers – often stubby dry fly leaders, conditioned
  • Furled Leader – 12′ Leader
  • Seaguar Fluorocarbon Tippet – 3x (streamer) and 5x (nymph)
  • Maxima Chameleon Tippet – 12lb 
  • 3x Glasses and Lens Cleaning Cloth
  • Scissors, Needle with a thread loop
  • Licenses

Streamers and Nymphs on the Foam Patch:

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Moving to the outer edge, the front flap, we have tools used to support me when I need to release a fish:

  • Foreceps
  • Leahterman Multitool Juice S4 that includes pliers, siccors and a knife

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Under the flap are some stream side accessories

  • Insect Repellent
  • Weight – Tin Shot and Mud to treat nymph leaders
  • Floats – either home made or “pin” style
  • note picture shows the rare earth magnet

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And in the one dry fly box, given I do not know what water I will be on, I keep soe generic, but favourite flies that span a wide range  – starting in the top left and going clockwise – in varying colours and sizes:

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Is there anything missing, yeah, but right now the only thing I am wishing to add are:


Written by raspberryfisher

2015/09/13 at 00:51