Where Do I Start?
By Stuart Anderson
When I got into tube flies over a decade ago, things were much
clearer. You had a tube, usually from a Q-Tip or a BIC pen, and you
tied your fur and feather on it to make it look like something a
steelhead or salmon might be interested in. The way you secured the
tube in your vice was with a small diameter finishing nail or a
large needle, put the point into the front of the tube and then secure
that point into your standard (a.k.a. normal) vise. It wasn’t brain
surgery, and quite frankly, it still isn’t. Like all thing fishing,
and especially fly fishing, there are some tried and true methods,
some fantastic new developments, and some ideas that are masked
as original thoughts.
Tube fly types can basically be split into three main categories.
Plastic tubes, Metal tubes, and Hybrid tubes (metal and plastic
together) now make up the designs that tube fly tiers are using
globally. Within these three categories are sub categories (I know
what you are thinking) that can make tube fly tying more of a
mystery for beginners. When you are starting out you must
consider three criteria before choosing the tube most appropriate for
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