Archive for October, 2011

First time is a charm as they say. Today was my “cherry popping” day because so far I have not tied pike flies on a tube. Until now I have tied my pike flies on a hook, usually TMC911S or similar wide gape “anchor”. It is good to try some new ways to do things from time to time.

Last week I was at our local fly fishing clubs club room to see Lauri Selenius presentation about floating tube pike fishing. After the presentation he tied some pike tubes. I got the inspiration to try tube flyes from him. The biggest advantage with tube flies is that the hook is exchangeable. If your hook gets busted you just need change the single or treble hook and thats it. Also if the hook gets bend you can change it. Basically the fly itself does not get busted so often when you are using synthetics.

So here is my version of the pike tube fly. I have used red Flash N Slinky and black Body Fibre. Tube is a rigid plastic tube, Large size. I have used some epoxy 3D eyes and the fly head is shaped with a Bug-Bond UV resin.

As usual, the pike tube is very simple and quite fast to tie. I don’t want to use too much time with fly tying. “Keep it simple stupid” works for me 🙂

Plastic tube on the vise. I have melted a small collar to the tube.

I put some lead wire on the body to put some weight on the fly. Fixed with a layer of Bug-Bond.

First Flash N Slinky clump. I have tied the clump so that 1/3 of fibre lenth is on the left side and 2/3 on the right side. After attaching the hair bundle turn the right side clump backwards. Make sure that the tube is covered with the hair all around.

Tie few (two or three) hair bundles on the tube and lastly tie the black Body Fibre.

Finally the fly is ready for some Bug-Bond and 3D eyes.

Finished fly

I hope you like it and now it is time to go and test it!

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Text, photos and fly by Mika Oraluoma

Atlantic halibut is a big and ferocious fish which eats everything from sandeels to saithe. A guide I have been fishing with told me that one of the best jigs he has is a combination of Glow-In-The-Dark and pink with some glitter on it. Pretty basic stuff right? But there´s just one more thing.. The jigs are over 30 cm long! So the problem was to find long enough material for the flies in Glow-In-The-Dark-color. Congo hair has proven itself to be a very suitable material for this kind of flies. It´s long, soft and even if you build a big fly with a fat profile the fly is still relatively easy to cast! There are some things you should focus on while tying big flies from this material:

  • If you´re tying flies over 20 cm long, mix some stiffer material like Slinky Fibre to Congo Hair.
  • Add generous amount of superglue to the point you have secured the Congo Hair on and also a bit to the fibers too. Then before the glue is dry lift the fibers up and around the hook to create a big profile with less material!
  • Remember to start with the longest fibers, and gradually shorten the fibers as you work towards the head. This is the key to achieving a good profile!

Hook: Owner SSW 7/0
Wing: Glow-In-The-Dark Congo Hair and white Slinky Fibre + some flash.
Back: Light pink and bright pink Congo Hair, pink Steve Farrar’s Flash Blend
Throat: Copper Angel Flash
Eyes: ½” Big 3D Epoxy eyes
Head: Epoxy glue or UV-Glue

Halibut fly in action. Swedish fishing guide Per Jonasson from Fish4U is fighting with the fish.

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