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I would like to try fishing flies tied on tubes. Until now I have fished flies mainly on Tiemco 7999's (1/0-4) and Daiichi 2051's (AJ Spey hk., 1.5-5). I know how they sink on the various runs/pools that I fish using the various tips that I use.

I was wondering how the sink rates of 1" tubes made of plastic, aluminum, copper, or brass with a short shank hook attached would compare to the hooks mentioned above (same fly tied on each).

Just trying to establish a reference point having never fished tubes.

Thank you for your input!

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on the diameter of the tube. I use mostly 1/8 inch plastic. These will float higher than the hooks. The aluminum will sink slightly more than the plastik, but less than the hooks. Brass and copper will sink faster than the hooks. Smaller diameter Aluminum, brass and copper will make the tube weigh less and slow the sink rate.

For the plastic tubes, I will often use an intermediate polyleader to keep them slightly below the surface.
 
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