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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-07-2001, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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I'm having a hell of a job locating 1/8 O/D clear vinyl or plastic tubing in the Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, area. Anyone have any idea where I can get this stuff?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-07-2001, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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Dear Sir,
 
You may want to try a medical supply store...8 french self catheter tubing comes in approximate 12 inch lengths and is about 75 cents a piece....If you have trouble locating where you are, let me know and i'll send you some to try...hope this is of some help...
 
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Dear Sir,
 
You may want to try a medical supply store...8 french self catheter tubing comes in approximate 12 inch lengths and is about 75 cents a piece....If you have trouble locating where you are, let me know and i'll send you some to try...hope this is of some help...
 
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-08-2001, 05:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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There was a previous message about getting black 1/8 inch tubing from the auto parts strores; it is used for the air hose for air brakes.  I could only find it in one store in two towns so it's not too common.  You can also get a clear version that is used for oil pressure gauges, etc. Both the black and white are coiled in about an 8 inch circle.   I have straightened out the coiling on the white by heating it over the burner of a cooking stove, and stretching it slightly (while wearing gloves).  Only about 70% of it becomes straight, but it is so cheap,  I throw away the other 30%.  I haven't tried to straighten out the black because the white is a bit softer than the black, and it is easier to jam the eye of a hook into it so I prefer to use it.
Straightening the tubing out may not be neccessary, but tarpon are supposed to avoid flies that don't swim straight, so I take the extra precaution.
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-08-2001, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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Rodflex, If you go to the parts counter of a class 8 truck dealer (Peterbuilt, Kenworth, Freightliner, Western Star, or Volvo) and ask for spahgetti air line. It is the line that goes from the transmission to the shifter knob on Fuller Transmissions. I'm pretty sure this is the air line Dana was talking about getting at the parts house. Also any heavy truck repair should have this. I know it comes in black, white, and red. Another source is the line that is used for air shocks on pick ups.
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-08-2001, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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Any of the hydroponic stores in the lower mainland should carry the right tubing for the job.  100 ft sections will probably cost you less than $30. 
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-08-2001, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hi
Try:  Grindstone Angling, Waterdown Ont. Can. (905)-689-0880
They carry tubes set's (plastic, brass, aluminum). ask for Keith or John.
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-09-2001, 02:45 AM Thread Starter
 
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At 06:35 PM 12/07/2001 -0800, you wrote:
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>> Tubing for tube flies?
John
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>> the black because the white is a bit softer than
>>the black, and it is easier to jam the eye of a hook into it so I prefer
>>to use it. Straightening the tubing out may not be neccessary, but tarpon
>>are supposed to avoid flies that don't swim straight, so I take the extra
>>precaution.
>>
Hi John: I havent bothered with autobile tubing but instead have settled
on brass tube of 1/8" or 1/16" for most of my flies.
When an extra heavy tube is required you can slide the 1/16'inside the
1/8"giving a thick heavy wall
These tubes are available in 1 foot lengths from most hobby stores. The
tube can be cut into the required lengths by scoring the circumfersnce with
a knife and breaking the tube at the score point.Price of the tube per 12"
length is about 1.75 Can$.You need to make a socket for the hook eye with
this tube.I use a 1/4"length of soft vinyl tube on the rear end of the
brass tube.
If you want tube for floating flies you can use the plastic tube that is
used in eye swabs Remove the cotton batten and you have a four inch length
of 1/8" tube.They come in pink white and blue but can be coloured with nail
polishto give other colours.
Tou can also purchase prepared tubes from Partridge in 1" to 3" sizes for
about 1.00$ each.
Bud Smithers aka coot
Kelowna BC



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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-10-2001, 02:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the info Coot.
In Reno, my closest large town, I can get copper and aluminum in 3 foot lengths in every 1/32  inch diameter increments for about $2 in the hobby shops.  However, I am a bit of a novice at spey csting, and I have found it easier to use light flies, and  get them down with sink tips, and sinking leaders.  Also, when you cut the metal tubing, you have to deburr it and it takes time to do a good job.  Maybe you don't have to, but I fear that burrs will cut the tippet.  I am experimenting with using heat shrink tubing over the ends to minimize this danger.  The heat shrink will also hold the fly in place for a while but it is not very sturdy.  If I really need a heavy fly, I use a large hook.
 
I have collected just about every kind of tubing and straws available in this part of Nevada 9including Q-tips).  Some of the best comes in the fruit drinks  packaged in bags in the supermarket.  One of the main reasons I like the auto parts store plastic, is that it is sturdy, easily takes  the eye of a hook, and I don't have to add a piece of tubing.  This lets the hook sit further in the hackle where it is hidden; this may not be very important to the fish, but it pleases me.
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-10-2001, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the pointers everyone. I have managed, thanks to your help, to find sources for much of the material I was looking for.
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Another alternative way of making tube flies is to take a blunt silver
sewing needle in the length that you would like the body of the fly to
be.Onto the eye/head of the needle tie a loop,much as you would on an
eyeless Salmon classic fly.Tye your favourite pattern onto the needle
allowing the silver shank to be the "body " of the fly.(Still with me?)
For the hook heat/fit some shrink-wrap onto the shank and tight fit some
rubber or plastic tubing onto the shrink wrap.To attach your "tube" fly
,slide the loop onto your leader and tye on the hook.Then slide the blunt
hook in between the plastic tubing and the shrink wrap,and voila !!!Granted
you WON'T have a weighted tube fly but works rather nicely for Atlantics
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-01-2002, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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Lancaster Medical Supplies in Surrey (they have other locations as well--look in the book) has 10 French catheter tubing which is the size I tend to use most for my hook keepers--99 cents for a foot or so.
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-02-2002, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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PetsMart sells mini airline tubing in their aquarium section. The smallest size fits elegantly over the end of a Qtip. It runs $3.50 cdn for 6'.
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