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How To Tie A Conehead Tube Fly

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Tools used:

Peak Rotary Vice

Eumer Tube Fly Tool s-m

Veniard Ceramic Bobbin Holder

Veniard Dubbing Needle & Hitch Tool

Stonfo Pettine Comb


Materials:

Tubeworx 1.8mm inner tube liner

8/0 Uni Thread

Veniard "Cellire" Clear Varnish

UTC Ultra Wire

Holographic Tinsel (large)

Krinkle Flash

Mirror Flash

Micro Flash

Arctic Fox

Goose Biot

Eumer S-Tube 4mm Conehead

1mm Silicone Tubing

Kamasan B990 Tube Treble


Start off by burring the end of the tube slightly with a lighter, this will help grip your silicone tubing on the finished fly. Cut the tubing to your chosen length, adding an extra 5mm or so to allow for the cone.



Make sure your tube fly adapter is securely gripped in the jaws of your vice, push your plastic tube body on to the pin with the burred end facing inwards. Then tie on both the holographic tinsel and the Ultra Wire, leaving approximately 5mm for your silicone tubing.



Brush a small layer of superglue or varnish along the whole length of your tube and carefully wrap your tinsel around, trim to fit and tie in near the head. It is important to leave a gap for the conehead to fit at the end!



Leaving a gap of about 5mm between each turn, wrap your wire around in the opposite direction to the tinsel and again tie this in and trim any excess. You might also like to add a coat of varnish here too.



Next, tie in your flash material. For this particular tube I'm using a mix of Krinkle Flash, Crystal Flash and Micro Flash in black, peacock and orange.




Cut a small quantity of Arctic Fox and brush out the underfur, then tie in evenly all the way around the tube. A rotary vice really does help in doing this! If you wish, this would be a good point to also add a cock hackle to add a bit of extra movement and vibration to the fly.



For the "eye" of the tube fly you might prefer to use Jungle Cock but I find Goose Biot works just as well, these are standard white ones that I have dyed myself which turned out a lovely two-tone orange.



Tie off your thread using the hitch tool, there's no need to be overly neat here as this will be hidden by the conehead, and add a drop of varnish all around the head.



When this is almost dry, push your conehead firmly in to place. Then remove the tube from the pin, trim the excess and melt the end to secure the cone.




Finally, push your 1mm silicone over the rear end ready for a size 12 or 14 tube fly hook




You can use this pattern to form all kinds of different colour combinations! Try mixing things up a bit and create your own deadly Seatrout flies!

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