Posts Tagged ‘Tube flies


Spey Tying & Fishing: The Under Employed Rebels


Fisheads Flies 'n Lore

Via Spey Heads (FB) for Fish Heads Flies and Lore

Indulgent individualism? Rebels without a care? Whatever, they help tweak the realm, even if you hate them, envy them, support them. Sometimes fish bums are akin to foodies, the well traveled, the spoiled few….you want to just slap the shit out of them. Then again, you like knowing them too.



Fly Tying: Tube~sense


Tube Fly Mounting Needle (SwittersB)

Good overall tube tying tutorial @ Global FF.


Fly Tying: Hackle Tip Flippers or Attractors

A couple years back, I wrote about a tube fly pattern for salmon that had ‘flippers’ as fluttering attractors. I recently came upon a similar attractor concept for a pattern tied by Brian Størup called a Potty PigBoth patterns utilize a hackle stem with most of the barbs stripped away and leaving a tip that with resistance must flutter about. This is a leaner appearance than many steelhead/tube patterns. This is worth a look see.

Brian Størup Potty Pig

Note the badger hackle tips (tails) extending back. In the pattern below the shorter ‘flipper’ would provide the same fluttering attraction and is from a hackle tip trimmed.


Fly Fishing: Contrast to the Winter’s Grey


Winter Contrast by TMuncy (SwittersB)

Torque Moment (TMuncy@SwittersB)


Fly Fishing: Where & Tear Tools

Jason Osborn Searching (T. Muncy)

Tube Fly Tony Muncy (SwittersB)

Spey Fly Tony Muncy (SwittersB)

Tony Muncy Ties (SwittersB)


Fly Fishing: Switching Rods

I have a collection of traditional one handed fly rods. I have come to enjoy 3 wts. more and 6 wts. less. For steelhead and salmon, I have a collection of 9′ rods in the 8 wt. to 10 wt. range. And, of course plenty of reels, spare spools and all the lines to match. Like most addictions, I don’t compute the cost, the price, the toll. Denial and gratification.

So, when I first went spey casting in the early 90’s on the Deschutes R. it was a novel experience swinging a telephone pole about and yes when I didn’t wrap the line around me and embed the barbed hook in some part of my attire, I did launch that fly a respectable distance…and as they say, farther than I could with a conventional single handed rod. As much as that must irritate the hell out of an excellent single handed caster…the formula remains even for him/her….they too would out distance their selves with a two hander.

So, I bit. I have a couple of spey rods. The initial mid range priced telephone pole; heavy and ponderous. I should shop it to a local high school track team for the pole vault. Next I sprung for an Echo set up and it has been beautiful. Perfect. Of course, along comes the next phase of switch rods. Why do I resent this? Why don’t I embrace it?

A dose of random, temporary guilt. So little time, so little opportunity. Some ancient genetic makeup inserts itself of late…’make do’ …’you don’t use what you have’….’you have a nice spey rod, learn how to use the damn thing’. So, for you fly fishers without a compass toward restraint…the switch rod might be the new tool in the arsenal. I have linked to a couple nice articles by Greg Nielsen at Shasta Trout that give a good overview of switch rods. The pieces were written several years ago, so the weapon has been around awhile. I know several youngsters dominating the mid-size river chrome circuit with switches. They seem particularly well suited to mid size streams streams with big fish. Any stream for that matter.


Fly Tying: Spey Flies (Slut Beads & a Stinger)

Last night, Tony Muncy spent some time tying and eating some BBQ’d steelhead with friends. Fly tying is most often a singular pursuit at home. When enjoyed with a few others, whether indoors or out, it is enjoyable and often fruitful in what you learn and share. The following pics are a couple patterns’ dissected parts.


Fly Tying: Intruder Style Spey Fly (Kingfisher Blue & Hot Pink Lady Amherst)

Tony Muncy’s Intruder Fly Pattern

Frodin Tube; Angora Dubbing Butt Section (builds up a rear section to allow for the splaying of the guinea, ostrich and pink Lady Amherst). The Blue Guinea is wrapped, then black Ostrich Herls are tied in around the tube followed by the Hot Pink Lady Amherst, which is wrapped above the dubbing ball.

The  Silver Tinsel Ribbing is tied in then a Sparsely Dubbed Angora body is wrapped up the tube. The ribbing is wrapped forward over the teased out Angora.  A slightly larger dubbed Thorax was created for the splaying of the Ostrich Herls and the Kingfisher Blue Lady Amherst (excellent steelhead color in Guinea too!). A Gold conehead was pressed on the tube and the tube was melted to lock in the materials.

In Ed Ward’s Skagit Master Video, he demonstrates an excellent  tutorial on how to tie the Intruder. He prepares a dear hair collar, which is spun at the thorax area. That collar does not easily collapse and here would allow the ostrich and Amherst to flare away from the fly’s body and better undulate with the current.

The back ground for the shot was an old cigar box, but it sure looks like dismal old paneling downstairs in a 1970’s family room….. No offense to those of you that still have such paneling, pink tiling in the bathroom, avocado appliances and gold shag carpeting. Take heart the retro movement will come your way and those boots with the zipper on the inside, you still have on the floor of your closet, will be in style yet again.

Lady Amherst (Kingfisher Blue & Hot Pink)

How to Rig a Tube Fly (Rigging the Trailer-Stinger Hook)

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The video is a little dark, but a close watch or two, will clarify how to rig this up to allow the stinger hook to trail behind the tubing. The trailer hook trails behind because, in this instance, there is a knot that snugs up into tubing at the rear of the fly. This allows the hook to trail behind.This is a different technique than the trailer being attached via doubled over stiff line that is run from the shank to the hook (spey fly, but not tube fly).


Spey Casting (In Its’ Simplest Form, Big Advantages in Coverage)

Evan Muncy Looking at the Business End of a Z Axis


I don’t propose to instruct you on the finer points of a two hander. I have a couple rigs and suspect I will be spending the rest of my life trying to remember all the moves beyond the C spey, the Skagit Double spey, the Perry Poke etc……There are numerous movements involved in Spey Casting and if you know them well it is probably akin to telling someone how to ride a bike…   But, I know this…the basic moves of the spey rod produce amazing results with minimal effort…even for a novice. Like buying a one hander, if you can afford at least a mid range priced set up, do so. Don’t be intimidated by those waving the magic wand…take a lesson or too, be patient with yourself, very patient. Pull with that bottom hand more than push with the top and have fun with a sloppy 70-80′ cast with the bank high to your rear. Get better and the drift is yours to explore and understand. Read the works of Larimer, Hogan et al and watch Ward’s dvd, check out YouTube vid’s…be inspired. Go to the river and do not compare and be frustrated (unless you are blessed)…just quietly and patiently work on the basics and soon enough you too will try to explain just how you ride a bike. Buy Ed Ward’s Skagit Master DVD and watch over and over…then get out there. Excellent fly tying info re tying Intruder’s

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