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