Tube Flies part 3……Saltwater Baitfish

The sparkle tubes which I have come to really like, gave me the idea of a saltwater baitfish. The resulting fly is likely to be improved upon because when I finished it and thought the head might be better if I used fabric paint with sparkle.


The thing with this fly is that it is not one that you can tie in a day, this is due to the varying varnishes and glues applied in stages to allow each application to dry. This is mainly for the head area. The first stage  being coloured nail polish with a colour to match the back on the top and a pearl for the underneath, an idea that I got from Jay ‘Fishy’ Fullum book “Fly Tying With Common Materials”. The eyes are then added with zap-a gap goop. Then when that is dry, I add a layer of epoxy.

The wing and under wing is layered congo hair with flash blended in with an over wing of minnow back blended congo hair.



Tubes part 2…….Sunray Shadow

The first fly in the series of tube patterns is my take on the Sunray Shadow. Last year I found myself tying a set of flies on single hooks where the hooks (either gold or silver) were used to compliment the colour of the fly. Hence, with these tubes, I have used varying colours of the sparkle tubes to compliment the colour of the under wing.

P1000022The tubes themselves have a colour within such as yellow or blue (for example) and these are selected according to the colour of the wing being tied. The thread colour is also selected to match the colour of the underwing.

Tube length of the flies in the picture is 1 1/4 inches (seems about right to me) but this can be changed.

Under Wing- Bucktail, colour to suit conditions or choice of tyer/fisher, a few strands of crystal flash to match colur of wing. Long goat hair tied over followed by long Peacock herl.

Head- Varnished thread, mostly clear to show thread colour.