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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-07-2002, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
 
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Brass Tubes

Hello All,

I've been trying to locate 3/32" diameter brass or copper tubes but can't seem to find a source for them. I've only been able to find 1/8" diameter tubes. Does anyone know where to get 3/32" diameter tubes?

Thanks in advance.

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HMH tubes are available through Hunters.
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Another option is to use 'model air plane' brass tubes

as they come in this size. Use them for my large tubes. After you cut the tube to size you want, tie the fly, I take a plastic Q-tip, insert, cut to size then, using a small mandrel, run the q tip ends over a candle flame to 'flare' them out.

Dirt cheep way of doing this. The 'orig.' tube come in 1 foot lengths and cost well less than a dollar each.
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How big are these fish?

Fred,
Just how big are these Pacific Salmon

>>The 'orig.' tube come in 1 foot lengths and cost well less than a dollar each.

And I thought 4" tubes were big

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Thanks Fred . .

Been looking for a way to make custom length brass tubes, and I think this is the easiest/best I've heard!!

Sure like those brass tubes for winter fishing, as they give a real good sense of the bottom (you know it when your brass tube bounces off a rock) much better than the dragging sensation of larger heavier wire hooks!

Plus the Get DOWN!!
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Well, Willie ... just one more good reason I got

the 18' Bruce and Walker. But .... miss a cast and your face down out cold.:eyecrazy:



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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-07-2002, 05:01 PM
 
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Willie, Fred fishes BIG out west there. Bet those tube flies are at least 6 inches long he is using.
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Well, not that big, but I'm having to weight the buggers.

The drift rod guys now are up to 1.5-2 oz of lead to 'tick' the bottom in many areas. Even a 3-400 grain head is not up to that standard.

Well, until they lower the water a bit my landscaping is getting a good work over.



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That must be some snow melt you have out there if you need 2 ounces to hold the bottom. Forget fly fishing for sure. When I surf casted in the ocean back east I don't think I used 2 ounce weights and the Atlantic ocean wave undertow was very strong.

Working on the garden and lawn is a good idea.

Will be close to 90s the next few days here, we think summer has finally come, because we surely missed spring. Does this a lot in chicago lately, no spring, just late winter to summer.
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3000 cfs isn't that much water ... unless you're in a fairly narrow river

then at that level it's chugging pretty good in many places. And these are the places Mr. Salmon wants to sit. With the free fishing weekend (or is it just Saturday?) the top end of the river should be a complete zoo. If I go up there it will be to take a few pictures to remind me why I love the summer waters better.

All the 'locals' will be home in front of a tv sipping beer. :>)
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-08-2002, 01:52 PM
 
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Brass Tubes

Have you tried going to model shops that specialize in radio-controlled planes & boats? I remember they had brass and aluminum tubing (small diameters) in 12" and 36" lengths. Good luck. ED
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