|When The Canadian Tube Fly Company began nearly 13 years ago, we chose to
specialize in salmon and steelhead patterns because very often in our travels we
had too often come across places where high quality flies were hard to come by,
especially during the peak seasons. Making sure that fishermen were well
prepared for their next fishing tour was a must!
We actually began selling flies, first locally (since 1988), then on the Internet
close to fifteen years ago (ADIPOS FLYTYING). We are proud to have many
regular and repeat customers.
The Canadian Tube Fly Company was introduced as a separate site (from
(ADIPOS FLYTYING) because of a great void we noticed in the industry.
Though tube flies had been used for years in Europe, they were still (and in some
ways continue to be) a rather new concept to fly tiers in North America. We
worked hard (and continue to) at taking the traditional style of tube flies and
redevelop both standard patterns, as well as created brand new flies that are
specifically made for steelhead and salmon along the west coast of North
America. We offered these flies for sale, tying each order as they came in and
offering all of the over 135 patterns on several different types of tubes.
In 2009, we began to go into a new direction. Fly sales were going
fantastically well. In fact we had a tough time filling orders with the local tyers
we employed. At the same time, we had a growing demand to offer tube tying
materials that we used in our own fly production. For 4 years we balanced a
company that sold custom tied tube flies as well as an ever growing range of both
tube fly tying products and traditional (fur and feather) items. Soon sales for
supplies were much greater than sales for custom tubes.
We had a decision to make as a company. Either we had to stop offering custom
tied flies to fishermen or "shop out" our tying from local, well paid commercial
tiers, to overseas shops that used questionable labour practices and treatment of
tyers and often created flies of poor quality. We chose to focus all of our efforts
into supplying tiers with the materials they need to produce their own tubes and
to work. We also chose to concentrate our time on creating material (videos and
articles) to help new and experienced tube tiers with their own projects. We have
also left up all of our original pictures of the over 135 patterns we used to sell.
We encourage you to take a closer look at our site. Whether you are a beginner, an
avid fly fisherman, or even if you are also a fly tyer, there is something for
everyone on this site!