A generic baitfish fly
Using synthetic flbers you can save money and add more volume with less wet-weight. This fly has no specific color combo, volume of fibers, or length. You can add weight to suit your depth need or do it the easier way – read on.
I tie these tubes flies in a variety of colors, lengths, bulk and vary flash content, but rarely add-on weight to the fly – preferring leaders and tips to make specific depths – read on.
This baitfish fly has no name except maybe baitfish imitation. It swims well in any desired retrieve because of the fibers and attracts a bite in fresh or salt waters.
Tube flies, like this one, are easy to haul around. I put them in a Zip Lok bag which goes in a shirt or pants pocket. Hooks stay in the package they came in and also live in a pocket. My leader is tippet ring ready. I just keep adding tippets/hooks, Versi or Poly leaders and “tips” if needed. All by way of loop to loop connections. You’re never stuck with looped connections and tippet ring – just add a new tippet or reduce its length.
I only tie tube flies and use circle hooks whenever possible – barb removed. My hook tied flies are almost ALL terrestrials. I do not tie hook tied flies smaller than #14 – smaller I buy.
If you don’t know how to tie a tube fly, watch video, tie a dozen or so and you’ll get it – right away.
Featured Image: Assortment of fly boxes with trout, warm water and saltwater flies. Photo by Mike Cline – a Public Domain image.