Archive for the ‘Tube Flies’ Category
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.
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.
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
Streamers and Nymphs on the Foam Patch:
- Conehead Muddlers
- Marabou Muddlers
- Couple of Crawfish
- Caddis Nymphs
- Red Squirrel Nymphs
- Rambo Nymphs
Moving to the outer edge, the front flap, we have tools used to support me when I need to release a fish:
- Leahterman Multitool Juice S4 that includes pliers, siccors and a knife
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
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:
- Ballon Caddis
- Ants and small CDC Dries, such as BWOs
- Large floating Stoneflies
- CDC Emergers
- Ausable Wulffs
Is there anything missing, yeah, but right now the only thing I am wishing to add are:
- Caddis Popa
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.