Monster Tube Caddis ™ we tie them in three sizes: Small, large and X-Large..and then we do some costume flies for a guy in Canada… They are absolutely big: 80 millimetre (3 inches) – Without the horns
Absolutely stunning 17,1 kilo (37,7 Lb.) Salmon caught on Monster Tube Caddis ™ in Northern Norway 2010. Picture with courtesy of the Haugen family.
Tying the Monster Tube Caddis ™
In this next lines of photos we will show you how to dress a: Monster Tube Caddis ™ a pattern popular for big salmon sitting in slow holding pools. Particularly big salmon is slow takers and angler must keep this in mind when presenting a fly to them. A bigger fish might decide to come top the top on the 8 or 10`th cast- sometimes following the fly downstream for many meters.
Photo: The late Mr. Kim Nyborg with one of 6 + 20 lb salmon from the Lower Humber in Newfoundland. All fish caught on medium size Monster Tube Caddis
Start by heating the end of the tube near a naked flame hereby creating a small collar on the tube – This collar will prevent the hook-guard from coming of during energetic casting. Note of warning ! Not all types of tube will melt and form a collar when heated – most tubing will catch fire etc. – It is the melting point of the material that is of importance. Save your self a lot of problems:
Tie in hair as tail (Length: 1/5 of the fly body) Different types of hair can be used : Buck tail, badger, moss, squirrel or as here: Deer body hair. Trim down the hair and add strands of mylar. Here we have used Veniard Mirror Flash. Add tiny drop of super glue to fix. point
Start the shaping process by cutting the body into a rectangular shape. Then trim the deer hair body into a V-shaped style.. Cut the belly flat using a razor blade. The flat belly is a crucial part of this pattern
Tie in one or two quality hackles in brown or ginger.
Cut the hook-guard on an 45 degree angle and tie in the hook guard tube for. By cutting the hook-guard on a angle you minimize the size of the tie-down. We use Fishmadman medical grade soft tubing…The only tubing that doesn’t sponge up water (Silicone tube may sponge up 10 – 15 % of its weight in water)
Buy needle for tying
Tie down sections of deer body hair. Make sure to tighten each section securely. We preferably use PE lines for this job. In this case 0.04 Fireline (# 2 or 4 Lb. test) until 3/4 of the tube is covered. The Berkley Fireline Crystal Competition Braid # 2 and 4 lb is superior fly tying thread with all the right abilities for this project and not expensive compared to alternative fly tying treads
Tie in two equal sections of whiskers from rabbit mask – Split them up like shown on illustration. Whiskers should work as horns on the fly and could be double the length of the fly body. Add tiny drop of super glue to the point of tie-down. Rabbit whiskers is a super resilient and very lively product that we recommend highly for this particular salmon dry fly
Ready spawned Monster Tube Caddis ™
Wind hackles secure and cut away excess tube and the hackle in the bottom part of the fly – so it is aligned with the flat-cut belly. Apply flotation material while fly still is clean and dry