Low Water Tube Flies

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New Tube Flies For Redband Steelhead tied in Oregon, USA.

Black & Blue Caddis Waker Old Glory
Black & Chartreuse Conrad Waker Purple & Pearl
Blue Charm Night Stalker Purple & Pink
A Slight Difference Between East & West?

In his blockbuster book, Trout and Salmon of North America, Robert Behnke writes that Columbia River Basin steelhead native to tributaries east of the Cascade Mountain Range are "Redband Steelhead".  These sea run fish are members of the same genetic family as the resident "Redside" trout found in these same rivers.  Both strains are great fly 

rod game fish. Red Band Steelhead are renowned for their propensity for rising to flies presented on or near the surface of the river. Anglers commonly use full floating fly lines to catch these fish.  This takes less physical exertion than the sinking tip lines used for steelhead returning to rivers west of the Cascades.  To make things even easier, the flies that Redband Steelhead prefer are size #2, #4 or #6.  These flies average 1" to 1 3/4" long, counting head, body and tail.  They are often dressed fairly sparse.  They are easy to cast.  Today's traditional fly patterns for Redband Steelhead have evolved with the incremental change of millions of man days on the water.  Offered here is a new collection of tube flies that we believe you will find unique in both character and utility.  There are nine fly patterns in this collection.  They are in three sets:  
The first (4) flies are a "Low Water Series".  The next (2) flies are in the "Waking Tube Fly Series".  The last (3) flies are in the "Traditional Proportion Series".  
The "Low Water Series" are on small brass tubes and are dressed sparsely with floss & tinsel bodies. Each has a low dressed wing of fine hair and long, supple, flowing, flash.  The hackle is wispy. The proportions of these flies mimic classic low water configurations proven in the book Greased Line Fishing by Jock Scott.  Each fly can be further tuned by changing sizes and styles of hooks.  A longer shank hook might turn the game against short strikers.  A shorter hook has lighter weight. Hooks with smaller gapes have less water drag than do hooks with  

larger gapes.  A smooth take-off of the fly from the water enables a smoother cast. A small hook will land a large steelhead.  In certain windy conditions a smaller hook might be an advantage in casting and personal safety.

Tube Fly Dropper
Angling with (2) flies on the same cast is common on all of the rivers east of the Cascades.  Tube flies offer a unique variation on this theme.  A traditional way to add a second fly in a hand tied leader made from hard Maxima, is to join the 10-pound section to the 12-pound section with a blood knot and leave the tag end of the 12-pound section about 6" long for a dropper.  The final length of the dropper will be 4" when the fly is tied on to it.   The fly swings free on the end of the dropper and rarely tangles.  A Tube Fly can be tied on in same way.  It can also be attached by running both the tippet and the dropper through the head end of the tube.  The Tube Fly now runs in perfect alignment with the point fly, which can be another tube fly or conventional fly.


Low Water Tube Fly, Black & Blue
This is a great fly for first light or last light.  Blue is one of the last colors to disappear before darkness.  It seems to work best when the water is very clear.  Blue is also proven in water of glacial origin, such as the Klickitat and the Deschutes when White River is playing its dirty tricks.
A #4, TMC 105 hook is supplied with each fly.
Replacement TMC 105 hooks.
Daiichi X452 hooks. 
Item Description Size Price To Top
RT001 Low Water Tube Fly, Black and Blue 1" #4 3 for $8.85 Discontinued

Low Water Tube Fly, Black & Chartreuse
Seems to work best when the sky is clear.  These are usually the hardest conditions for the floating line fisherman.  This color combination has saved many dog-days.  A good pattern to try just as the sun is coming onto the water. 
A #4, TMC 105 hook is supplied with each fly.
Replacement TMC 105 hooks.
Daiichi X452 hooks.  
Item Description Size Price To Top
RT002 Low Water Tube Fly, Black & Chartreuse 1" #4 3 for $8.85 Discontinued

Low Water Tube Fly, Purple & Pink
One of the most proven color combinations for early season steelhead on all Columbia River tributaries containing Redband Steelhead.  This is a Rick's Revenge tied on a tube.
A #4, TMC 105 hook is supplied with each fly.
Replacement TMC 105 hooks.
Daiichi X452 hooks. 
Item Description Size Price To Top
RT003 Low Water Tube Fly, Purple & Pink 1" #4 3 for $8.85 Discontinued

Low Water Tube Fly, Purple & Pearl
A deadly fly in all normal conditions.  Similar to Gordon Nash's Street Walker, the Purple & Pearl is a fly that works in all watersheds and under nearly every water and weather condition.  This fly is dressed thin and sparse for normal summer-run water flows.
A #4, TMC 105 hook is supplied with each fly.
Replacement TMC 105 hooks.
Daiichi X452 hooks. 
Item Description Size Price To Top
RT004 Low Water Tube Fly, Purple & Pearl 1" #4 3 for $8.85 Discontinued

Waking Tube Flies
One of the reasons that fly fishing for Redband Steelhead is so popular is that they actively rise to the surface for flies.  There is probably no other fresh water fly fishing experience that is more exciting than watching a large steelhead coming to the surface of a river for a waking fly.  In the past waking flies were tied on standard hooks.  Either a special knot was applied to the fly or the fly was dressed in a special way so that it would skate across the surface.  Now flies are tied on special plastic tubes which have a hole in the underside to feed the leader through.  This will make the fly seek the surface as long as it is under tension against the current.  Often a waking tube fly is used in conjunction with a wet fly trailer.  An easy way to accomplish this is to feed both the tippet and the dropper through the hole in the bottom of the tube fly waking fly.  Tie the hook on the dropper and pull it up into the waking fly.  Tie the wet fly on the tippet.  A space of 24" to 32" between the flies is most popular.

"Deschutes Standard" Tube Fly, Caddis Waker
Hatches of giant late fall caddis can get steelhead to start looking up.  This pattern is easy to cast and will wake in nearly every situation.  Try casting straight across the current and with a minimum amount of line mending, let the fly speed up as it swings across the surface down stream from your position.  Strikes are often explosive.
A #4, TMC 105 hook is supplied with each fly.
Replacement TMC 105 hooks.
Daiichi X452 hooks. 
Item Description Size Price To Top
RT005 Deschutes Standard Tube Fly, Caddis Waker 1 1/4" #4 3 for $8.85 Discontinued

Deschutes Standard Tube, Conrad Waker
A proven pattern that will wake in nearly any kind of flow speed or surface texture. This fly leaves a very narrow seamy wake an will bring up fish that are too shy to come to more boisterous patterns.  Is at its best on a smooth surface.  Cast quartering down stream and let the fly come across the surface at a steady speed.  Steelhead often sip this fly with very little disturbance.
A #4, TMC 105 hook is supplied with each fly.
Replacement TMC 105 hooks.
Daiichi X452 hooks. 
Item Description Size Price To Top
RT006 Deschutes Standard Tube Fly, Conrad Waker 1 1/4" #4 3 for $8.85 Discontinued

Deschutes Standard Tube Fly, Blue Charm
The coloration mimics one of the most successful Atlantic flies.  This is also a proven late season fly in many Columbia basin streams such as the Deschutes, John Day and Clear Water rivers.
A #4, TMC 105 hook is supplied with each fly.
Replacement TMC 105 hooks.
Daiichi X452 hooks. 
Item Description Size Price To Top
RT007 Deschutes Standard Tube Fly, Blue Charm 1 1/4" #4 3 for $8.85 Discontinued

Deschutes Standard Tube, Night Stalker
Possibly the most successful tube fly in the "last light" situation.  This very lightweight fly will ride right against the surface film where it is easiest for fish to see.
A #4, TMC 105 hook is supplied with each fly.
Replacement TMC 105 hooks.
Daiichi X452 hooks. 
Item Description Size Price To Top
RT008 Deschutes Standard Tube Fly, Night Stalker 1 1/4" #4 3 for $8.85 Discontinued

Deschutes Standard Tube Fly, Old Glory
A good choice if you want to stay with your floating line after the sun is on the water.  Also proven on overcast days.
A #4, TMC 105 hook is supplied with each fly.
Replacement TMC 105 hooks.
Daiichi X452 hooks.   
Item Description Size Price To Top
RT009 Deschutes Standard Tube Fly, Old Glory 1 1/4" #4 3 for $8.85 Discontinued

Tube Patterns You Can Tie $
We already know that as soon as these new flies hit the market, they are going to become popular that they are going to get copied.  There is probably some fly manufacturer looking at them right now, just licking his lips, thinking about how to make them off-shore.  You might even be thinking about tying a few yourself.  Well why not?  We have made it easy for you by supplying recipes for every pattern.  Click the title or fly and enjoy.

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