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‘Bugger’ tube fly screenshot – Orvis. “Junction” tubing is not always necessary; it’s the translucent tubing shown above.

If you are unsure about the value of tube flies, you are definitely too yesterday

By Skip Clement

The following includes videos from Orvis’ One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques, a YouTube series hosted by Tim Flagler of Tightlines Productions. The one-minute videos are sequential Part 2 follows Part 1, and so on – stay tuned when the one you are watching ends.

If in a hurry, watch Part 1, then jump to Part 6, but six minutes – really, hang in there watch all the vids. You’ll be glad you did.


1. Mustad Circle Hooks are perfect saltwater partners with tube flies / freshwater, Eagle Claw, other majors, China sites, and Google. 

2. Large hooks are not required with large tube flies.

3. So, if your ‘whatever’ fly has to be tied on a 1/0 size hook it could be much smaller with a tube fly.

4. Some bone fishers are turning to tube flies and report upping their game.

5. A tube fly has almost limitless size possibilities because the hook has no vote in tube fly size. 

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