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How To Tie A Seatrout Tube Fly

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Tools used:

Peak Rotary Vice

Eumer Tube Fly Tool s-m

Veniard Ceramic Bobbin Holder

Veniard Bullet Bobbin Holder

Veniard Dubbing Needle & Hitch Tool

Veniard Hair Stacker

Stonfo Pettine Comb


1" lined copper tube

6/0 Textreme

630D GloFloss

8/0 Uni Thread

Veniard "Cellire" Clear Varnish

UTC Ultra Wire

UTC Mirage Tinsel Opal

Krinkle Flash

Mirror Flash


Arctic Fox

Goose Biot

1mm Silicone Tubing

Kamasan B990 Tube Treble

First make sure your tube fly adapter is securely gripped in the jaws of your vice, and push your chosen tube on to the pin. In this case, I'm using a 1" copper tube.

Leaving a short gap for your silicone tubing, tie on the coloured butt tag (in this case 6/0 Textreme in Fluo Orange). I also like to add a couple of turns of 630D glow-in-the-dark floss, so I tie this in here and build up the butt before tying off.

Creating a "bump" midway along does look a bit rough but can help give extra movement to the winging material. You might like to give these tags a small drop of varnish at this point, as the floss can sometimes come unraveled after a few fish.

Next, tie on your main thread (8/0 Uni Thread) and add both your chosen tinsel plus the wire, then move your tying thread to the front of the tube out of the way.

Brush a small layer of superglue or varnish along the whole length of your tube and carefully wrap your tinsel around in the opposite direction to your tying thread, at the head tie this in with as few turns as possible.

Do the same with the wire, leaving a gap of about 5mm between each turn.

For the wing, I like to have different materials that pulse, vibrate and flash so I add a small layer of bucktail first, this has the effect of pushing some of the softer fibres away from the main body giving more movement and life to the tube. Personally I like a to use a mix of colours for this, and for this particular tube I'm using both chartreuse and olive.

Cut a small bunch from each colour and blend until the colours are fairly even, then get them all to the same length using the stacker tool.

Tie in a few strands evenly all around the head.

Next, add about a dozen strands of Krinkle Flash

Then between four and six strands of Mirror Flash

The final layer is some really soft Arctic Fox. Cut a length about 1.5" and make sure you give it a good combing through to get rid of the bulky underfur (well worth keeping this to use for dubbing!) Again tied in evenly all the way round.

Lastly for a bit of contrast add a couple of strands of white Goose Biot. When seatrouting on the Clwyd and the Elwy, most of the tubes will inevitably end up being snagged or decorating trees so I find this a cheaper alternative to Jungle Cock but seems to work almost as well. Build up the head and varnish to finish.

And here is the finished tube, with 1mm Sakuma silicone and size 10 Kamasan B990 tube treble added.


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