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Dougherty's Tube Fly Baby Bait (Green)

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Dougherty's Tube Fly Striped Sand Eel (Olive)

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Dougherty's Tube Fly Sand Eel (Tan)

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Dougherty's Tube Fly Striped Minnow (Silver)

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Dougherty's Tube Fly Striped Minnow (Red)

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Materials

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Hook: Size 2 Tiemco TMC 800S or similar

Threads: Color-matching thread or mono

Head: Large (7/32") cone head (silver or gold)

Eyes: 3-D Molded Eyes or tape eyes

Body: 1.5" Medium, natural pearl woven body tubing

Lateral line: Sili-Skin, optional, in any color

Tail: Come Alive, Gliss'N Glow or similar flashy material

Marker: Optional, Prismacolor in any color

Adhesive: Z-Poxy 5-Minute Epoxy

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The original Dougherty Tube Fly is tied in olive, however a multitude of colors may be substituted to match local bait variations or artistic flare.

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Conehead baitfish

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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.

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Several conehead minnows

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Why is this fly designed the way it is?

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1. A vise is not necessary to tie this pattern; in fact it's tied faster in the hands then manipulating a vise.

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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.

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3. 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.

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4. Epoxy 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.

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