Tube Flies Two Evolution
Review by Dan Fallon
Three seconds after being asked
to review this excellent new manifesto on tube flies, I thought first I
tie flies with feathers and bits and pieces of natural organic animal or
whatever! In my mind tubes were a crutch for those who either had no fly
tying skills or were simply lazy and wanted a quick way to throw an
offering together...... I was wrong, dead wrong. This book will educate
and enlighten anyone who thinks they understand Tube Flies and their
unique construction! Before I delve into this most interesting work,
three aspects of tube flies must be mentioned at the onset. One they are
durable if tied correctly, the fact they can be prepared to silhouette
almost any bait fish, and if understood tube flies adaptability is the
real pay off.
In my sportsmen fly fisher life
Master Fly Tiers like legendary Bamboo Man Walt Powell, consummate
Master Tier A. K. Best, Jay Fair, Alaska’s famous lady guide tier Pudge
Kleinkauf, young Master Fly Tier Jason Akl, International Super Model
fly tier Karen Graham, and many others have amazed me with their talent
and dedication. Early fly tying masters who evolved from 15th, 16th
Century Scotts, Irish, and much later British genetic pools have set the
bar high enough if one only uses traditional materials such as feathers
and various animal hairs, parts. This staid tradition which I respect
must be understood on its own terms period. The contemporary trends
towards tube flies, red or loud colored beads and other new strategies
in fly fishing protocol in my mind need to be examined and if warranted
respected. This book will accomplish all the above for anyone vaguely
interested in this exciting relatively new concept in fly construction.
Before I discuss three tiers
featured in this review, a word about Frank Amato’s fine publishing
company. I have reviewed several books by this respected fly publisher.
The book titled, "Fly Pattern Encyclopedia by Al & Gretchen Beatty is a
wonderfully illustrated Bible of contemporary fly tiers. Amato books are
high quality in text, photography and layout, first class.
Contact on the web
www.amatobooks.com Phone Portland Oregon (503) 653-8108.
Mark Mandell & Bob Kenly put
this book together with Craig Wester a fabulous photographer made it
come alive! Photos are as good as it gets and makes this book complete.
I imagine it was impossible to narrow down the list of talented
international tiers and still capture the essence of what is going on in
the minds and upon the tying benches of these gifted men and woman. In
this review many tiers overwhelmed me with their fly fisher general
savvy and their creativity.
Before taking a close look at
three of the many gifted featured in, "Tube Flies Two Evolution" Several
artists must be mentioned! Tanya Rooney living in Portland Oregon
impressed me with her Wolly Buggurish patterns using full fanned long
matuka like feathers and eyes creating life like tube flies. Jurij
Shumakov hailing from Moscow Russia ties old school appearing patterns
with rich vivid colors and detailed nuance, special flies indeed! Mr.
Cam Siglers from Vashon Island, Washington ties glistening life like
patterns that imitate real bait fish obviously move like bait fish and
flash around nicely under water!
Tim Johnson of Sheboygan,
Wisconsin creates patterns with grand old school colors and fine tying
skills, a real craftsmen. Bob Kenly who helped put this book together
ties clean balanced patterns with solid realistic colors, flies that
drive gamefish Koo Koo Koo Koo.... Many fine international tiers are
featured in this reference book on Tube Flies, the three I have chosen
build patterns with characteristics that are life like and natural when
moving under water and would actually catch or fool game fish. Eyes, all
patterns that utilize natural eyes work without fail in my experience.
That one aspect can make or break a patterns success in tube fly
construction in my opinion. In fact the attempt to appear and move
naturally may be the nexus of the Tube Fly revolution.... Gaudy colors,
fancy wraps, loud flashy may not always feed the Kitty or fool the
Trout! A Tube fly that actually resembles, moves, flashes, appears
either wounded or just breathing is a winner sportsfans! I’m of the
school that insists patterns actually catch fish, not look fabulous your
worthless addicted fly friends?
Bart Chandler Of Basalt
If the words consummate professional mean anything this fellow from
Colorado may be what Webster’s had in mind? Twenty five years tying,
seasoned guide, casting coach.... Yes that’s right he lives and breaths
his craft as the photos attest. Bart’s flies are for me like gazing back
to my Great Grandfather’s Tying Room where beautifully dressed Steelhead
Flies rested in vivid rich colors.... I’m intrigued with this
sportsmen’s since of history, color balance and understanding these tube
flies may work better if they look and flash and move like real wounded
baitfish! Bart’s names for his creations caught my attention as well;
Gentle Surgeon, Light Gotcha, Baby Lobster, Snapper Whacker, excellent.
Bart’s swears by his pattern’s, "I’ve heard comments like, "We’ll fish
any color as long as it’s tan." Or, "The fish won’t eat anything that
shiny!" He usually ends up taking fish much larger then locals with
smallish offerings... Ah Tube Flies adaptability!
Mike Croft’s Fly Tying Table
Resides in Tacoma, Washington USA
Mike’s graphic artist instincts are apparent in his perfectly balanced
patterns. I can imagine the flashy movement of tube fly creations such
as, "Croft’s Italian Glass Minnow" This pattern has just enough white
marabou and what appears a strand or two of bright tensile. This nuanced
realistic treatment catches fish every time Pilgrims! "Croft’s Slider" ,
"Croft’s Sardina" and the Candlefish pattern are game fish magnets
indeed. Mike ties olds school solid heads with eyes in proportion. I
like the way each pattern has symmetry and begs for slight wrist
movements that imitate a wounded or confused bait fish.. I really like
the clear see through heads that give these flies true realism! Tiers
who actively stare at water, current, bait fish balls and spend all
their time dreaming and scheming fly fishing produce Tube Flies like
Peter Hylander’s Fly Rods
Rest In Seattle, Washington USA
Peter only has 30 years in this
racket, taught casting, fly fishing, worked in fly shops and tied his
first Tube Flies 15 years ago. He started his own fly company Seattle
Saltwater. Peter is expert at one aspect of tube fly creating and that is
complete realistic scale like shimmering skin combined with eyes that
match exactly in size, shape and color. This Tube expert in my mind has
done it period! These shiny glittering flies are absolutely going to
catch fish, great for all species. I’m so impressed with these patterns
and their life like qualities!
Review by Dan Fallon