Raccoon Tube StreamerPosted on 29 October 2013 by Vincent
Fall has kicked in. Fly tying season has started! On our Facebook Page we’ve asked what kind of flies you would like to see. Some people asked for pike streamers. That’s why we’ve contacted Peter van Ruitenbeek from Exclusive Flyfishing in Bussum (NL) to tie some of his favorite pike streamers.
Peter owns a flyshop in Bussum, the Netherlands. His shop is well sorted, and has a huge range of tying materials. His knowledge in fishing and tying materials is impressive. We went over to his flyshop and Peter tied some of his favorite flies, which we are going to post over the next couple of weeks. This is his first fly. It’s a tube fly. The Raccoon Tube Streamer.
Tube pike flies
There are several advantages to using tube flies compared to normal flies tied on a regular hook. Tubes are cheap. It’s just plastic. You only need to invest in a tube fly needle, but they are available for a couple of euro’s. These adapters fit in your regular vice. You only need a couple of hooks to rig your streamers with. We pre-rig the hooks with titanium wire, so you can loop it on your tippet material pretty darn easy.
Because there’s no metal in your tubes, and you can remove the hook after fishing, the hooks don’t corrode as fast. When you’ve fished a normal fly there will always be some moisture in the fly under the materials. That’s where your hook will start to rust. That’s not the case with tube flies.
When you’ve hooked a fish, most of the time the tube itself will slide up your leader, away from the pike teeth. This also makes your flies last much longer.
But perhaps the biggest advantage of using tube flies, is that you can fish big streamers, and use wide gape hooks with short shanks. These hooks hook much better and stay in their mouth better, because they don’t have a lever effect. Peter refers to hooks with long shanks as Long Distance Release Hooks.
There will be a video on how to rig these pike tubes on our website soon.
Raccoon Tube Streamer
The materials that Peter uses in this particular fly are:
- Tube: Eumer tube large
- Sillicone tube large
- Thread: UNI GSP 200 denier
- Finn Raccoon zonkers in several colors
- XL cone for large tube (Eumer)