Tube flies are exactly what they sound like.... They are tied up on a tube instead
of a standard hook shank. Tubes are thicker than a conventional fly, an
attribute most steelhead and salmon fishermen find desirable. Hook size and
style can be varied for whatever situation you are fishing. Single, double and
even treble hooks (regulations permitting) are all possibilities. Since the hooks
are not part of the fly there is no chance of the hook rusting before the fly has
seen its end. There are also more hook-ups with tubes. With the fly and the
hook being separate, when you set that hook the leverage of having a long
shanked fly is eliminated. Of course this helps you hold on to more fish after
hook-up as well.
There has been a recent “awakening” in the fly tying industry to the concept of
tubes. Tube flies have been around for some time now, particularly in Europe.
It's only recently that they have been successfully fished on the west coast of
Alaska, Washington, B.C., and Oregon. Several fly tiers (including ourselves)
have been developing both new and traditional fly patterns and putting them
We have now had several successful years on the Internet selling quality
salmon and steelhead flies, flytying supplies, and other fly fishing related
sporting goods. Beginning with, ADIPOS FLYTYTING , our original shop, we
now offers many items designed for tube flies including some hard to find
feathers and fur. Fly tying has become much more than a hobby to us!
Though we no longer sell flies to the general public, we do have many resource
pages available to everyone a s a reference to get your tying juices flowing. We
have broken our Tube Flies into the following categories....
Tube fly patterns can be tied on either plastic, aluminum, copper, stainless
steel, or brass tubes in various sizes. The lightest flies are tied on plastic tubes,
many of our customers find these most useful for waking flies or any situation
that calls for a low water pattern. Patterns tied on our plastic tubes also have
the slimmest profile.
The next jump in weight goes to Aluminum tubes. Patterns tied on these tubes
are still extremely easy to cast, though they do sink at a much faster rate than
traditional plastic tube flies. The heaviest selection of steelhead tube fly
patterns are tied on the copper, stainless steel, and brass tubes. The copper is
slightly heavier than the brass and they both sink at extremely fast rates.
Matching these tube flies up with an ultra fast sink tip will get you to holding
salmon and steelhead in almost any water condition. We also offer several
styles of bottle tubes and Juri Shumakov tubes. These tube flies are unique in
that most of the weight is at the back of the fly, giving a smaller head. Many fly
fishermen swear by bottle tubes too for their hooking abilities as well as the fact
that you can have an extremely large profile fly on a very small tube.
Be sure to take a look at our extensive selection of tube tying materials. If you
have been on other tube fly sites, you will quickly notice that we offer an
exponentially bigger selection of tube styles. We now not only offer 15 different
styles of tubes, all in different sizes, weights, and finishes . Click here to see an
introduction to most of our tube styles. We also have a growing selection of
tube fly vise adapters, tube fly wing materials, tube fly plumage, cones, and
tube fly hooks.
For ease of navigation, all of our pages have two navigation sections. The
navigation bar at the top of every page allows you to learn more about our
company. The navigation bar to the left of every page is where you can learn
more about the products we have to offer. We know that many of our
customers are not comfortable ordering over the Internet. To make the process
run smoother for those who are a bit apprehensive, please feel free to give us a
|If you have not seen this
book yet....it is a must! A
new "Bible" for all things
by our good friend Bob
The fourth edition of a fantastic great lakes
steelhead book. John offers 28 superb tube fly
patterns in this new version!
|Please note that we
are currently in the
middle of our annual
and re-stock time.
Though we are
accepting fly tying
nothing will be sent
out until the third
week of August.