Brian Silvey Tandem Tube Flies

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Black & Blue Fleshy Red Purple
Egg Sucker Orange & Pink Red & Orange
Complete Set Tube Snakes are even bigger tandem tube flies!
The hook trails the fly, resulting very few missed fish...
Maximum movement in the fly results in maximum hook-ups from steelhead...

Brian Silvey is one of the most popular fly fishing guides in the Pacific Northwest.  His easy going manner, fish catching prowess and fly tying ability have contributed to his success.  Now we are stocking his unique Tandem Tube Flies by popular demand.  These flies come pre-rigged with a super sharp Gamakatsu Hook and 24-inches of 10-pound Maxima tippet complete with a perfection loop. Tandem Tube flies average 3.5-inches long and have a big presence in the water.

One reason for the popularity of tube flies is anglers have a better landing ratios using tube flies with trailing hooks versus traditional steelhead hooks. A series of tube flies evolved at the Silver Hilton Lodge on the famed Babine River in British Columbia.  This series of flies was tied on a short plastic tube with a rabbit strip extending well past the end of the tube.  The hook was rigged on a loop that would swim free hoping the tension on the line would hold the hook near the end of the rabbit strip as the fly was fished under tension on the swing.  This series of flies performed well, but sometimes anglers experiences strikes without hooking fish.  This was attributed to the fact the hook was dangling freely and may not always be in the correct position when a steelhead struck the fly.

As a guide designing flies for his clients, Brian Silvey wanted a fly that would take the assets of the Babine style tube flies and solve some of the perceived problems. Brian wanted a fly that would: 

  1. Fish a long fly tied on short tubes but have the hook ride at the end of the fly. 

  2. Use a tube fly system to fish a small hook that would not be dressed or attached to the fly to increase hook to land ratios.

  3. Swim like an articulated fly in the water but that the average client could cast easily. 

  4. Fish with both dry lines and sink tips.

  5. Fish effectively for both summer and winter fish.

Out of these requirements came the Silvey’s Tandem Tube Fly Series.
In addition to the tube at the head of the fly like traditional tube flies, Brian added a small tube to the trailing end of the rabbit strip allowing the fly to be rigged with the hook riding at the end of the fly.  This second tube rigging system solved the problem of fishing a long fly with a short tube and not sacrificing the movement in the water that makes this fly fish so effectively.  The second tube is a very simple solution to an angling problem that has stumped many tube fly tiers up to this point. 

Silvey’s Tandem Tube series is designed to be fished on a tight line swing.  The fly has a cone head that allows it to get down whether fished on a dry line or sink tip, and are designed to cast easily for the average angler.

Black & Blue
Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly

An exceptional fly for glacial river, dark days and dark water.

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SIG1010 Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly, Black & Blue 1 $5.45

Egg Sucker
Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly

A flowing wiggly version of an old favorite.

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SIG1011 Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly, Egg Sucker 1 $5.45

Fleshy Red
Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly

This fly is a very good choice when fishing in bright sunlight, or near the salt.

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SIG1012 Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly, Fleshy Red 1 $5.45

Orange & Pink
Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly

A very good early season pattern.  Also good in cold water.

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SIG1013 Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly, Orange & Pink 1 $5.45

Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly

A good bet on interior rivers, such as the Deschutes and Clearwater, or for summer steelhead anywhere.

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SIG1014 Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly, Purple 1 $5.45

Red & Orange
Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly

The most popular color combination for winter fishing during bright sunny days.

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SIG1015 Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly, Red & Orange 1 $5.45

Silvey's Tandem Tube Flies,
Complete Set

Two each of all six colors:
(2) Black & Blue, (2) Egg Sucker,
(2) Fleshy Red, (2) Orange & Pink,
(2) Purple, (2) Red & Orange

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SIG-SET Complete set of 12, Silvey's Tandem Tube Flies 1 $65.40

Lucky Joe...
This winter steelhead ate a black & blue
 Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly during low clear water.
Reaching for the tape measure...
This steelhead is firmly pinned in the corner of the mouth because the hook trails the Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly.

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