Sequens Lure Tubi Musca*

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT

One of my early tube flies
One of my early tube flies

Every once and awhile something catches your fancy. For whatever reason, rational or not, you embrace it and dive in. For close to 55 years I’ve been tying flies but never once had I tied or fished a Tube Fly. Of course I knew they existed, but for whatever reason, I never gave them much (or really any) thought. I didn’t know about their advantages over traditional hook based flies. I didn’t how they were tied or how they were rigged differently than traditional flies. I had no idea what equipment and materials were required to tie them. Until, I got the opportunity to fish them for Winter Steelhead on the Bogachiel River on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington this last November. When I wrote about that experience as Ice in the Guides I mentioned the use of tube flies on that trip in passing. Since then, as the title of this post portends “I followed the lure of the tube fly”.

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Novitius incuriose tractata super constructione musca tube*

Even small soft hackles can be tied on tubes
Even small soft hackles can be tied on tubes

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

Like all things Latin, tube flies were a mystery to me until I started gathering up some materials and tying them. Apart from just learning how to tie tube flies, my goal was to create a decent selection of flies suitable for our SW Montana trout (and maybe a few for Puget Sound cutthroat). This really meant adapting most of the patterns I already use to the tube fly style. Of course it is still a work in progress but as the title of this post reflects, as a novice tube fly tier, I have developed a few initial observations that may prove useful to others. For the moment, we will have to leave the question as to whether tube flies provide any significant advantage on the water for the trout angler over traditional hook based flies. Many tube fly enthusiasts claim they do, but until I can test out some tube flies on the water, I cannot claim any advice one way or the other. Although there are ample suppliers of tube fly materials online (J. Stockard included), tube fly supplies aren’t that prevalent in brick and mortar fly shops and retailers, so despite claimed advantages, this style of tying isn’t mainstream as far as I can tell.

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