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Stacked Modular Conehead

Stacked Modular Conehead: Part 1

The barebones of this idea has previously been given here:

http://speypages.com/speyclave/showthread.php?t=31117

Here is more of the method of assembly of an actual modular tubefly:

The complete stacked bunch of three tubes and two coneheads is assembled and fitted onto the tapered felting needle held in a standard vice:




The black 6/0 thread is started immediately to the rear of the middle section of tubing:





A length of medium French oval silver tinsel twist is tied in:





A couple or three wraps of the silver TT makes the tag very near the rear of the most tailwards tube section:





A small bunch of orange bucktail is tied in, and a small dab of varnish placed over the tied in ends:





4 strands of crystal flash are added over the bucktail:





A small bunch of sunburst yellow arctic fox tail is tied in to complete the tail:





With the silver TT swept back, a length of black chenille with silver accents is tied in:





The chenille is wrapped over the rear tube section, followed by the silver TT over the chenille as a rib:





The completed rear section (the other sections removed for clarity) prior to varnishing the thread wraps:





to be continued…..

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Part 2

Stacked Modular Conehead: Part 2

This completed rear section, now after varnishing the thread wraps, and showing the central section of conical pipette tube being slid back onto the felting needle:





This central tube section is then snugged up to the rear section, the interlocking conical plastic tubes gripping each other in the stacked position, and prior to dressing this central section:





The conehead for the central section is snugged into place, and twisted to create a small mark of its position on the plastic tube:





The conehead is removed, and the forward boundary of the dressing for this central tube section is marked with a Sharpie pen, this mark matching the rear extent of the inside of the conehead when in its finalized position:





The 6/0 black thread is started immediately behind the pen mark:





A length of fine French silver tinsel twist is tied in:





The thread is wrapped to just short of the rear extent of the central tube section:





Some black dyed natural dubbing is spun onto the tying thread:





The dubbing is wrapped over the central tube section:





The fine silver TT is wrapped as a ribbing over this dubbed section:





to be continued…..

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Part 3

Stacked Modular Conehead: Part 3

The conehead is replaced to check its final position & fitting:





The conehead is removed, and a small bunch of black dyed fox is tied in:





The excess for is trimmed:





4 strands of flat black mylar flash & 4 strands of flat pearl mylar flash are tied in over the black fox:





The conehead is again replaced to check its fit:





The thread wraps are completed on this central tube section, and then varnished:





The conehead is again replaced into its final position:





Close up view of the conehead on the middle section, and the exposed remaining taper of this section of tube:





The final front section of pipette tube is slid into position over the front taper of the middle section:





The conehead is placed over this front tube section, and twisted to leave a mark on the plastic tube as before:





to be continued…..

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Part 4

Stacked Modular Conehead: Part 4

Again, the small mark left on the plastic tube by the twisting of the conehead is more clearly defined by using the Sharpie marking pen:





The 6/0 black thread is started immediately behind the pen mark:





A bright yellow slightly webby saltwater hackle section is tied in, wrapped, then swept back:





A size-matched pair of JC eye feathers are selected, and tied into position in front of the yellow hackle:





The position of the JC eye feathers from above:





The stems of the JC feathers are folded back, and a couple of thread wraps over the folded sections are used for added security of these components:





An orange-dyed silver badger hackle is selected, tied in and wrapped:





The front conehead is re-fitted to check its finalized position:








The protruding front end of the tube beyond the conehead is marked with the Sharpie pen about 1.5 to 2mm from the conehead, where it needs to be trimmed:





to be finalised…..

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Final part.....phew!

Stacked Modular Conehead: Part 5

A surgical blade, craft knife, or other suitable sharp blade is used to trim the excess tube:





The tube has been trimmed:





The end of the tube is then heat flared with a lighter flame to secure the conehead:





The final fully assembled modular tube fly has a double hook fitted into the flared rear of the rear tube section, and it’s ready to fish:





Alternatively, the middle section can be omitted with a shorter, lighter & brighter fly:





Even the rear section alone, with or without a conehead added, could be used for an even more ‘sparse’ presentation:





Indeed, any of the components could be used, either individually, or in any combination, with or without coneheads:





Now that’s what I call versatility.


Mike

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Mike as always, nice tie and great pic`s. very clever idea. do like it.

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Speyducer,

I just wanted to say thanks for all your various tube tying threads,photos,etc.

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I have been thinking about your idea hear and thought it would be neat to add a muddler head to the mix, then you could fish top to bottom just by adding the right head. Great stuff
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