Dougherty's Tube Flies:
Size 2 Tiemco TMC 800S or similar
Color-matching thread or mono
Large (7/32") cone head (silver or gold)
Molded Eyes or tape eyes
1.5" Medium, natural pearl woven body tubing
Sili-Skin, optional, in any color
Come Alive, Gliss'N Glow or similar flashy
Optional, Prismacolor in any color
Z-Poxy 5-Minute Epoxy
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Dougherty Tube Fly is tied in olive, however
a multitude of colors may be substituted to
match local bait variations or artistic
Tube flies have
been around for a while. The above is
my slant on a great pattern. The key
to this pattern is epoxying the cut ends of
the Mylar tubing within the cone head.
The cone head provides the weight for an
erratic up and down injured bait-like
movement. Tied to match small baitfish
and eels, this pattern has been successful
in landing stripers, blues and shad.
An easy to tie pattern and a convincing
profile and coloration. Give it a try,
either fished singularly or tandem.
Why is this fly designed the way it is?
1. A vise
is not necessary to tie this pattern; in
fact it's tied faster in the hands then
manipulating a vise.
2. A cone
head is incorporated into the fly to provide
an erratic up and down movement. The hook is
debarbed to allow the cone head to slip
around the hook's bend.
Depending on which eyes the tyer desires
either tape eyes are applied and covered
with one coat of epoxy or for more realism
3-D eyes are used instead and are pushed
into the epoxy as it becomes hard. The epoxy
is worked to provide a slightly larger
profile then the tubing, thus defining the
head and gill plates.
is purposely not placed on the cone head.
Through the evolution of this fly, I came to
realize epoxy would chip-off of the cone
head over the life of the fly.