This tutorial is going to cover both one use of the HMH
Hybrid tubing and a new sculpin pattern. This new tubing is touted to be indestructible and so far it stands up to all tests I have given it for durability. The tubing can be tied on directly or used, in this case, to extend the hook position on a copper tube without adding more weight, i.e. a longer copper tube. It can also be used as junction tubing in the standard fashion with the ability to incorporate it into the body of the fly. It’s very thin wall thickness allows you to tie over the Hybrid tubing once it is over the copper without significantly affecting the tube’s diameter. This allows you to tie the tube with the junction tubing already part of the tube and not having to add a separate piece after the fly is tied. In the case of this sculpin pattern the Hybrid tubing is used to place the hook further back in the fly but still have it secured in the junction tubing rather than trailing on a loop. Here’s the fly, In the bottom one you can see the extended Hybrid tubing with a hook in place.
TUBE- 1” 3/32” COPPER TUBE AND 1.5” HYBRID TUBING
THREAD- OLIVE 6/0
WING- OLIVE ZONKER STRIP
FLASH- GOLD HOLO FLASHABOU
HACKLE/BODY- OLIVE MARABOU BLOOD QUILL
HEAD- OLIVE ZONKER STRIP IN DUBBING LOOP
Select a color of tubing to compliment the color scheme of the fly. This is the medium size which fits well with the 3/32” diameter copper or aluminum tubing.
For this fly I want to double the length of my whole tube. I start with a 1” copper tube with liner and a 1.5” piece of Hybrid tubing.
I melt the liner tube in the copper tube in the standard fashion and then slip the Hybrid tubing about halfway up the copper tube. It is tight but it will go. This gets ½” on the copper and extends the other 1”, doubling the length of my tubing without adding any weight. Here it is ready to tie on.
If you want to tie the fly on the whole copper tube or even to tie onto the Hybrid tubing it can be secured in the vise with the aid of the mandrel like this. A small part of the Hybrid tubing is pinched in the vise which can be trimmed off later or not. The clamping does not seem to damage the tubing and in no time it returns to its original shape.
For this fly I’m not tying on the Hybrid tubing so I clamp it in the vise on the copper part of the tube right over the Hybrid tubing. Again the clamping does not damage the tubing.
Start the thread just forward of the tube junction and wrap a neat, smooth ramp up onto the Hybrid tubing, securing it to the copper tube.
Trim the hair off the end of a zonker strip and tie it in directly over the junction and finishing forward of the transition.
Loop a few strands of flashabou under the tube and tie it down so it lays along both sides of the tube.
Now tie in a marabou blood quill by the tip, right over the rabbit strip butt.