Tube flies are exactly what they sound like.... They are tied up on a tube
instead of a standard hook shank. Tubes are thicker than a conventional
fly, an attribute most steelhead and salmon fishermen find desirable. Hook
size and style can be varied for whatever situation you are fishing. Single,
double and even treble hooks (regulations permitting) are all possibilities.
Since the hooks are not part of the fly there is no chance of the hook
rusting before the fly has seen its end. There are also more hook-ups with
tubes. With the fly and the hook being separate, when you set that hook
the leverage of having a long shanked fly is eliminated. Of course this
helps you hold on to more fish after hook-up as well.
There has been a recent “awakening” in the fly tying industry to the
concept of tubes. Tube flies have been around for some time now,
particularly in Europe. It's only recently that they have been successfully
fished on the west coast of Alaska, Washington, B.C., and Oregon. Several
fly tiers (including ourselves) have been developing both new and
traditional fly patterns and putting them on tubes.
We have now had several successful years on the Internet selling quality
salmon and steelhead flies, flytying supplies, and other fly fishing related
sporting goods. Beginning with, ADIPOS FLYTYTING , our original shop, we
now offers many items designed for tube flies including some hard to find
feathers and fur. Fly tying has become much more than a hobby to us!
Though we no longer sell flies to the general public (except for our Egret
Limited Series Tube Flies), we do have many resource pages available to
everyone a s a reference to get your tying juices flowing. We have broken
our Tube Flies into the following categories....
Tube fly patterns can be tied on either plastic, aluminum, copper, stainless
steel, or brass tubes in various sizes. The lightest flies are tied on plastic
tubes, many of our customers find these most useful for waking flies or any
situation that calls for a low water pattern. Patterns tied on our plastic
tubes also have the slimmest profile.
The next jump in weight goes to Aluminum tubes. Patterns tied on these
tubes are still extremely easy to cast, though they do sink at a much faster
rate than traditional plastic tube flies. The heaviest selection of steelhead
tube fly patterns are tied on the copper, stainless steel, and brass tubes.
The copper is slightly heavier than the brass and they both sink at
extremely fast rates. Matching these tube flies up with an ultra fast sink
tip will get you to holding salmon and steelhead in almost any water
condition. We also offer several styles of bottle tubes and Juri Shumakov
tubes. These tube flies are unique in that most of the weight is at the back
of the fly, giving a smaller head. Many fly fishermen swear by bottle tubes
too for their hooking abilities as well as the fact that you can have an
extremely large profile fly on a very small tube.
Be sure to take a look at our extensive selection of tube tying materials. If
you have been on other tube fly sites, you will quickly notice that we offer
an exponentially bigger selection of tube styles. We now not only offer 15
different styles of tubes, all in different sizes, weights, and finishes . Click
here to see an introduction to most of our tube styles. We also have a
growing selection of tube fly vise adapters, tube fly wing materials, tube
fly plumage, cones, and tube fly hooks.
For ease of navigation, all of our pages have two navigation sections. The
navigation bar at the top of every page allows you to learn more about our
company. The navigation bar to the left of every page is where you can
learn more about the products we have to offer. We know that many of our
customers are not comfortable ordering over the Internet. To make the
process run smoother for those who are a bit apprehensive, please feel free
to give us a call at
The fourth edition of a fantastic
great lakes steelhead book.
John offers 28 superb tube fly
patterns in this new version!