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I've tied flies for 60 years. Just starting tube flies! Realized today, as I was tying, when I take this off the vice and put a hook in it, what's up and what's down, as I fish it? Are these tube flies designed to be symmetrical, or is there really a top and bottom to them? I'm confused, think I'll go get a glass of wine!
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It depends...

Not helpful, I know. If you Google up some tube fly vids on youtube, you will see that *generally, UK patterns are tied in the round whereas European patterns have a wing on top...like most conventional PNW steelhead flies. Here you see a mix of both, with Intruder influences...as far as the hook placement goes, it matters most if it is on a fly with a top. I tend to fish hook up most often, hiding the point in the tail and wing, and avoiding snags, but I will fish with the hook down if the fly needs some help from a keel. As far as my *generalization goes, it is correct until it is not... Cheers, Buff.
 
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