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Using your various suggestions, I've tied up a non-tube tube fly using a cut off #2 Mustad 79580, with a small bead tied to the shank to hold the hook sleeve.

Many thanks!

P.S.: If this doesn't work, please remember that I'm a techno-peasant.
 

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Don't give up. The internet must have milions of attempted posted photos drifting about. Try again or ask the experts.

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Dopyou know how large the image is? It needs to be under 30k to upload right. Let me know and if you want you can send it to me and I can re-size it for you.

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Now that is actuaally very cool!

But if I may make a suggestion: use a short shanked 'ring eye' hook rather than a Gammi pictured. Fly will track and hook set better.
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Sorry I don't have any FF catalogs lying about.

But both Mustad and Loop make a #4 short shanked, ring eye hook that work very well with tube flys. These two seem to be the 'choice' of most. Folks in Europe tend to favor using a small treb. hook. Hit Mark B's FlyfishingUSA site (he's a board sponcr.), pull up tube flys on his site and you'll get the hook info you need.
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J.R.

Here's something to think about. Scott Baker-McGarva, the President of the SSBC showed me some of his "non-tube" tube flies. Aside from being deadly looking, he used an interesting hook set-up. Similar to you he used a cut-off hook shank (though it was a straight eye), but rather than put on a tubing hook-holder he tied a loop of 50lb Fireline off the back of the fly and looped a small very sharp Red Gammy hook in the loop. If you've seen the standard salmon bucktail set-up, this is it. The only difference is that it is super-braid rather than heavy mono.

This is a great idea, especially for long flies - you can hang the hook wherever you want, yet keep a short body. As well, it allows the use of the many excellent short shanked octopus style hooks that are easy to find.
 

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credit where credit is due

Mike Kinney's been tying flies as described in Kush's post above for years.









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Jumbo,

I'm not trying to give credit or take anyone's credit - just trying to pass along something cool I saw.
 
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