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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.

travel kit fish DWW_4690

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.

travel fish kit DWW_4702

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:

travel fish kit DWW_4710

tracvel kit fish DWW_4692

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

fish travel kit DWW_4713

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

travel fish kit DWW_4693

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:

travel kit fish DWW_4603

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


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2015/09/13 at 00:51

Brown Trout

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and moving back to my favourite method of fishing – spey casting streamers. Here is my rabbit tube fly “brown trout” imitation when I am searching for bigger fish.

Side view

brown trout DWW_4231

looking down on the flybrown trout DWW_4208

and the view looking upbrown trout DWW_4212

and a couple of different heads to disturb the rabbit, as it moves through the water.

brown trout DWW_4222

brown trout DWW_4221


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2015/07/27 at 10:07

Tubefly – more play than for fishing

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I have been away from the vise for sometime and been noodling in my head this idea of a Snaelda Shrimp on a tube fly.  It took me 4 goes to get what I wanted.

I am not sure I will ever fish it, but it was something I wanted to create.

What is  the recipe, in order of tie in on a black tube using black Danville Flymaster 6/0 thread:

  • Polar Bear
  • Krystal Flash – White Glow in the Dark x2
  • Yellow, Orange and Black Schlappen feathers with most fibers stripped off, leaving just the tips (as feelers)
  • Mono-eyes on a stick.
  • Yellow, Orange and Black Schlappen collars (could be thinner).
  • Silver Veniard Tinsel – Medium.
  • Thread Body.
  • Veniard Varnish – 6 coats.






Written by raspberryfisher

2013/11/06 at 01:32

Posted in Fly-Fishing, Tube Flies

Next season’s tube bunnies.

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As noted earlier, my exploration with tube-flies has begun recently and I have been looking at rabbit variants suitable for bass, trout and steelhead to be cast from a 350 grain Scandi DH rod. To this need, I have recently tied for this winter’s steelhead season and next year’s trout-bass season are “tube bunnies”.



Whats left? Answer is a variant of the Snaelda (on a tube) and a few latex caddis nymphs.


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2013/11/01 at 01:30

Tube Bunnies

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I am still experimenting and developing my eye for tube flies, but I have been tying these “Tube Bunnies” for trout. They range from 2 to 3 inches.  Once done, I will have them in Grey, White, Black and a couple of Olives.  Been thinking about a “sunfish” version for Bass to.


I soon have to stop tying for a few weeks, so the series is not likely to be completed until November.  I have a heavy travel period coming up (LA, San Diego, Dallas, Hamburg, Chicago, Cleveland), and expected to be home for 3-4 days in all of October. What little free time I have will be to cut grass, rake leaves and get ready for winter.

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2013/09/23 at 18:11

more on Tube Flies

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Since, I am adding notes on Tube flies, I should point people to SBS (Step-by-Step) instructions from Mike (a surgeon) in the UK.  These are different from what I just did, but all the same, look really good. So here are some links to flies by “Mike” aka Speyducer.

For those who swing flies for salmon and steelhead, Enjoy


March 23, added a picture of my fly from Mike.

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2013/03/12 at 23:42

Posted in Fly-Tying, Tube Flies

My Workbook – Tying Tubes

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The other considerations not in my notes >

  1. I should be using smaller heads, where possible.
  2. For Arctic Foz, prefer 2XL.
  3. Some of the colours are dyed by me – specifically the Ice Bunny and the Hackle for HaleBop.

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2013/03/10 at 20:33

Posted in Fly-Tying, Tube Flies