Pro Tube Tubefly System: Adapting the Flexi Tube to a Stinger Hook 12/27/2010

Pro Tube Tubefly System: Adapting the Flexi Tube to a Stinger Hook 12/27/2010

Seem to have solved a minor dilema. I really like the Pro Tube Tubefly System.  The Flexi Tube offers a long tying surface (just under 80 mm or 2 3/4″ if you tie on both large and small diameter tube regions with room to finish with a cone).  The Micro Tube offers a short surface (about 3/4 inch with room to finish with a Pro Cone.)

What dilemma could there possibly be? I am happy with use of a ring eye hook secured directly in the large diameter portion of the Flexi Tube.  However, sometimes I prefer to use a looped-on Octopus style Gamakatsu trailer hook that dangles just rearward of the winging material.  This seems best accomplished with the Pro Tube Hook Guides, because the monofilament knot that secures my looped-on, up-eye Gamakatsu hook stays snug and secure in the Pro Hook Guide but not in the large diameter portion of the Flexi Tube. The Pro Tube Hook Guide fits on the micro Tube, not in the large diameter section of the Flexi Tube.

The solution is simple, silly head.

Here are two 40/40 Flexi Tubes.

First, cut off most of the large diameter Flexi Tube, leaving the front portion to tie the Steelhead Intruder Fly on.  Second, cut off a short ssection of the small diameter Flexi Tube, rougly 3/8″.  This will seat perfectly in the large diameter Flexi Tube.

Here is the Flexi Tube we will tie the Steelhead Intruder on, with the rear, large diameter tube shortened (pink); plus the ~3/8″ tip-end (yellow) of another Flexi Tube that will insert into the rear of the Flexi Tube and a large Pro Hook Guide (orange) plus our Gamakatsu Octopus hook looped onto a leader with a double surgeon’s loop.

Here is the hook guide and small diameter section of Flexi Tube stung on a leader, prior to insertion into the large diameter secion of Pro Flexi Tube.  The Pro Hook guide fits perfectly onto the small diameter portion of the Flexi Tube we have cut off.

Here is what the components look like when you string them together, minus the fly, duh.

Here ya go. A sparse (yes really) fast sinking, easy to cast, large-profile Steelhead Intruder rigged with a #2 Gamakatsu Octopus hook looped on #12 Maxima Ultra Green.

Fly specs as follows: Pro Tube Flexi Tube (40 mm); large Pro Tube Hook Guide; Butt (tied on large diameter portion of Flexi Tube Hot Orange Crystal Chenille; rear hackle (Hareline Shrimp Pink Spey Plume); body (lagartun Mini Flat Braid Holo Gold); Pro Tube 6mm Drop Weight; Pro Tube lagre Plastic Cone Disc; front hackle (hareline gray Spey Plume); collar of loop spun two tone rabbit; finished-off with medium Pro Cone.

Jay Nicholas, 27 December, 2010

5 thoughts on “Pro Tube Tubefly System: Adapting the Flexi Tube to a Stinger Hook 12/27/2010

  1. Call me a hater, or a caveman, or whatever fits best, but to me this new miracle system requires an angler/tyer to stock too many bells and whistles. The assembled “tube” looks like the latest hello kitty plastic landfill fodder piece of extruded garbage advertised during saturday cartoons!! All the goofy parts makes it a perfect consumer-product system. Nevermind the collective footprint and legacy. Do we need a new plastics/packaging company? One the offers an array of more-packaging-than-product widget-packs? When all our tying needs can easily be served with some piano wire and a set of pliers?

    1. Caveman? Hater? Nah. Someone just sounds cranky tonight, I think. Sorry for getting enthused. My bad. Pass the piano wire, think I’ll strangle myself with it before someone else does. And please, no packaging on the Piano Wire.

  2. Jay, why not form a non-slip loop of the desired length for your trailing hook? The knot of a non-slip loop made using 10 or 12 lb Maxima snugs securely into a dual-diameter Protube – the knot lodges firmly right where the fat diameter tube necks down to skinny diameter.

    I’ve been playing with a Protube pack for a month or so. I find their dual-diameter tubes very easy for tying and quick rigging onstream, using that nonslip loop knot to control the trailer length. Nice modular weight and cone system for tying. But in the end, I still use metal shank flies with pre-affixed trailers and hooks, because they sink quickly into little slots, and there’s no fiddling with little bits or loose hooks when standing midstream in a lightning and hailstorm (just a few days ago). Just tie the fly on, and fish. Of course, even with a foolproof pre-rigged fly, you’d need to be a complete fool to drop an entire pre-rigged fly into the river by accident. And yes, I’m a complete fool, many times over.

    1. Steve: right on and right on, and I wish I had been out with you in the rain and hail but maybe not in the lightning and if anyone could have got the grab i bet you did. The only problem i had so far with simply sucking up the non-slip knot into the fat end of the Pro Flexi Tube was that the knot was fat enough that i really had to pull hard to work it into the fine diameter front tube but maybe that was due to the fact that i fish #25 Maxima Ultragreen tippet because if i ever hook a steelhead i dang sure do not want to break it off and maybe i could fish a lighter tippet but first i want to land a fish. So, in my normal fashion i tried to complicate matters by making the “adaptor” to seat the silicone hook guides at the rear of the Flexi Tube. See, I am infatuated with the silicone hook guides, yeah, I like the way they bend and taper and I can use colors that look neat in daylight and just look more sweet than the flat end of the Flexi Tube as it is and yes i know the fish do not care and that your shank-tied flies probably do sink more quickly and are less prone to foul but what the heck i can load up some tubes with drop weights and maybe fish deep fast like you can and jeepers do you think i have had enough coffee or what? Steve, thanks for suggesting the simple approach; how could i have overlooked that? JN

  3. When the tube fly revolution has firmly taken hold, non believers will be hung by their toenails from trees next to hatcheries, and used as fish spotters for bait chuckers.

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