Flymen Fishing Company

Fish-Skull® Body Tubing

$ 7.02

Flymen Fishing Company

Fish-Skull® Body Tubing

$ 7.02

Tie lighter & tougher flies.

NEW colors: Desert Camo, Olive and Tan
NEW size: 1/8" for smaller streamers

Body Tubing is the authentic “secret ingredient” used in everything from trout flies to musky flies for heads, to segment the bodies, and to keep the materials flared up, allowing them to push more water and have the illusion of bulk — the hollow fly effect — while being light and easy to cast all day.

Check out the NEW Alphlexo Crab, tied with Body Tubing.

Length per pack: 1/8" x 3', 1/4” x 3', and 1/2” x 2'

  • Create a bigger fly body with less materials
    The more materials you use, the heavier your fly gets, making it harder to cast. Body Tubing creates a ramp for your material to lay against, which flares it out to create the illusion of bulk without using much material, keeping your fly light and easy to cast.

    Make your fly push more water
    The flared materials allow your fly to push more water, making it more likely to attract the attention of your target fish.

    Give your streamers longer lives
    Body Tubing is designed to be tied to protect thread wraps from the teeth of fish. In addition, as the body materials begin to flatten against the body from extended fishing, you can push the tubing forward against the tying materials to flare them back up.

    Alternative to reverse-tying for easier body tapering of flies
    Whether you're tying with deer hair or other fibers, Body Tubing provides a solution to time-consuming reverse-tying.    

    For use in fresh and saltwater streamer fly patterns of all sizes
    Body Tubing was made famous for its use in the T-Bone, a large musky fly, but it's a useful material for flies of all sizes. The 3-size range (1/8", 1/4", 1/2") is designed to provide an option for any size streamer fly pattern and to allow for tapering.  

    Part of the Flymen Big Game Fly Solution
    Combine with 10 mm or 15 mm Living Eyes, #10 or #15 Fish-Masks, and 65mm or 80mm Next Generation Shanks (NGS) for ultimate big game flies.

  • Our friend Gunnar Brammer of Brammer's Custom Flies put together this tutorial on how to tie with Body Tubing. 

    Tying Tips:
    Because the 1/8" Body Tubing is so small, use as few thread wraps as possible to secure it. This allows you to fold it back over itself more easily and have more control over it, rather than being hindered by a larger mass of thread wraps.

    Slide a piece of Body Tubing over the shank onto the edge of your tying material.

    2. Tie in and leave thread in place.

    3. Fold the tubing completely over itself toward the tail.

    4. Adjust the open end of tubing to line up over the tied-in end. Tie off.

    5. Fold the now doubled-over tubing back toward the tail to create a dam.

    6. Begin the next segment directly in front of the dam to flare out the materials.

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