In fly fusion magazine, Landon Mayer had an article on guide flies. He has two that are tied with wire in the tubing. I found that for small flies (18-20), threading even to smallest diameter wire can be a chore. Small midges look good when done, perfecting the tie would be a labor of love for sure. Keep at it Bill
Thanks for the encouragement Chad.
You are so right about trying to thread wire through the tubes, especially difficult in small sizes. I also tried a length of crystal flash and even midge flash material. It looks good but getting that flimsy stuff through the tube was almost impossible.
#Anthony. It's called stretch tubing and it comes in several diameters. Hareline sells it as Hareline Hollow tubing in 3 sizes, micro, midge, and standard. White River calls theirs "stretch tubing" (Dakota Angler and Outfitters), Orvis calls theirs midge/stretch tubing, and Larva Lace simply calls theirs "tubing" (J. Stockard).
I find it difficult to thread fine wire through the tubing. If you are up to the the challenge, go for it. I keep wondering if you wouldn't get the same effective by wrapping the hook shank with a strand of flash material, then wrapping a colored ultra wire as a rib, then finally coating the whole thing with a thin UV resin?
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