Tube flies are an increasingly popular fly fishing lure, and their popularity is growing due to the range of materials that can be used to create them.
The most common material for tube flies is plastic or metal tubing. These tubes come in different lengths and sizes, so it is possible to create a variety of shapes and sizes with them. The tubes also have small eyes on either end, making it easier to attach other components, such as hooks, leaders, and tippets.
Other materials used for tube flies include synthetic fibers. Synthetic fibers come in a range of colors and textures, allowing anglers to match their lure perfectly with their chosen environment. Some synthetic fibers even have reflective properties which can attract fish from a distance. Furthermore, synthetic fibers are more durable than natural ones, meaning they will last longer.
Lastly, many tube flies feature feathers or fur for added movement and attraction in the water. Feathers provide lifelike action when retrieved through the water column, while fur provides bulk that adds extra weight that helps cast further into the water column. Feathers and fur can be dyed differently for increased visibility in low-light conditions or for camouflage purposes. Using feathers or fur also increases the chance of landing a catch, making the lure more realistic-looking than without it.