pissy beer, crisps, a nifty tune and a tube fly.

points 1 and 2 and 3 kinda set the tone for this first tying video from friend and instructor colleague, Happy Instructor‘ César de la Hoz
oint 1 is obviously bad for your health and so is point 2 but after thinking about it for a while, point 2’s greasy-greasiness might just be a bonus for tying these types of flies: materials will stick together, making the process easier to get ‘just the right form’ and although it’s hard to tell if they’re flavored or not, all that salt and all that greasiness might leave some fish-atracting scent on the fly making it a super pattern.  this might be a secret, who knows.
point 3 isn’t hard-core and that’s good.
it seems like we’re left with part 4 and it’s about time…
i hope we’ll be seeing a lot more from César soon. enjoy !


Tying a Tube-Fly Bunny Leech

by Davie McPhail

enough already with the dainty wee stuff ! here’s something to wake up and get just about any fish all nasty-excited.
as with anything in the fishing world there’s of course no rules but you can expect hard and adrenaline-pumping takes with this type of fly and that’s well, cool to say the least.
by their sexy undulating and volume changing swim, bunny strip flies attract and seduce not only the hungry but lazy, unfocused or simply curious fish. they’re appetizers and as lively in the water as any other material i can think of and that’s what makes them the standard that they are for making ‘living’ flies. some synthetics are pretty good but none come close to the natural materials when we want that special dance.

however, as with our own mating rituals, success doesn’t come without a price. these things are big and when wet, start to feel like a soft brick when casting it to the next spot so we’ll have to adjust the casting stroke accordingly. avoid dry fly-style tight loops and slow down the cast while keeping constant tension on the line. an elliptic cast is ideal.
(often falsely referred to as the Belgium cast, this falseness will be explained in another post)
i.e. a side cast back cast followed by an overhead front cast.
the back cast is done on a side plane, the casting arm drifts up while bringing the rod tip back to the ‘standard’ over-head cast position while the line is unrolling towards the back, and then the front cast is initiated in an over-head plane. this keeps both fly and rod legs of the line well separated, is much easier to keep constant tension and because of all this, there’s little or no ‘kick’ and it helps the bunny tail from wrapping itself around the hook during the cast.

Davie shows us a pike streamer below but this is a pattern that can very easily be adapted in many ways (i often use simpler versions that are 2,5 cm / 1″ long for trout, perch, carp and whatnot) and in fact, the tube, feather over-wing, the rubber legs, eyes and built-up head can be considered accessorial or simply elements that might adapt the fly better for a given species or situation. however, the tail and wound bunny body are what really make it work.
in all it’s variants this is a must have fly so, get you some !

Lego’ my Pro Tube !

“When I was a child, I got a big box full of LEGO. I loved to play with it for hours! Ok, my mom was often not so happy, because after playing, my room looked like after an explosion of a bomb.

I still “play” with a kind of LEGO today. Well, it’s more like a fly tying LEGO. I’m talking about the tube fly system from Morten Bundgaard, owner and chief creative of Pro Sportfisher. Like Lego, everything fits together perfectly. It’s just so fun to be creative and to find out, how much is possible.”

toys, playing, fly tying and great results. i love how all this fits together and by looking at the yummy fly below, who wouldn’t ?


click the pic to access this great step by step. while you’re there i’d really recommend going through Holger’s site to check out his other works, you won’t be disappointed. enjoy !


chum, chum. who wants some chum ?

– tier and photo author unknown-

definitely something to offend the the trout fly traditionalist… but these little* beauties are a tad more realistic and a bunch more enticing than just about any fly out there.
a fine way to “match the hatch”, no ?
it’s pretty certain they’d work on a lot of other species both in the salt and in freshwater. for the latter, imitations of the smaller fish that often get flushed through hydro-electric turbines would do the trick on big predators out for an easy meal…
the creative tier might include other fish parts such as the midsections and tails.

* maybe not so little as they’re destined for billfish. a conservative guess puts those hooks at a size 6/0 or bigger.

my mojo tube

insomnia has at least two benefits.
first, i’m doing something instead of just laying there stupidly inactive.
second, it leads to funny unfocused thoughts which in turn lead to funny unfocussed flies and here’s one of them.
a 22 centimeters tube fly with slinky bunny fluff carefully tied while having thoughts of slinky sex with the goal of filling it (the fly) with irresistible super-exciting slinky ‘do me’ hormones !
pike are just getting over their spawning period so i’m guessing the hormonal discharge thing is still fresh in their mind/glands.
i’ll soon find out if this theory correct, the ice is seriously melting and there’s a few open spots on the local lake already. cool !
some might say the color scheme is inverted, that the fly should be dark on top and light on the bottom. they’re wrong.


was trying out a hackled marabou and hen feather tube fly for trout this evening, the body and head where shaped with Bug-Bond.
it didn’t come out exactly as envisioned… but then fine tuning ideas is what brings on more ideas. back to the laboratory !