Here is a different way of rigging tube flies that has been popularized by Lani Waller. It is really pretty simple and seems to solve a few issues that have bothered some of us with the conventional junction tubing hook rig. It involves putting the tippet through the tube, tying a surgeons loop or perfection loop in the tippet and looping a hook on. It is easier to do than tell some one about so I have taken some pics I hope will help everyone figure this out so they can try it too and tell me how it worked for them.
The key points to note are that it has to be tippet in diameter of .010 -.013. That is somewhere around 12 lb for most manufacturers. This diameter tippet works with HMH tubing except for the large diameter plastic. Others may vary. The hole in the rear of the tubing has to be big enough to fit a standard mandrel into it and the hole at the front needs to be melted closed further to not allow the knot to slip through. This can be done after the fly is tied if tying on the mandrel. Check it out.
Put the tippet through the front end (small hole) of the tube.
Tie a surgeons loop (or perfection if preferred) in the tippet long enough to have the hook at the end of the wing.
Put the loop through the hook eye from the inside.
Slip the loop around the hook and for a loop to loop with the hook eye.
This is how the loop to loop should look.
The loop knot is then pulled up inside the tube until it runs into the smaller hole at the front.
The smaller diameter hole at the front with a single piece of tippet going through.
The bigger hole at the rear of the tube with the looped tippet exiting.
Typical type of fly used, simple, the right colors and easy to tie. This one is about 3”.
Another version to represent a sculpin, about 2”
The hook then just kind of rides along on the doubled 12lb which is stiff enough to keep the hook lined up with the tube. It swings free which keeps it from fouling the rabbit strip since they will just move together. I have made some up to 5” and they seem to swim just fine. The smaller ones swam well and seemed to hook fish just as well as any. Hopefully this method will do away with the need to rig the string leeches with the front hook and spiderwire connection that takes a lot longer to do. The ability to adjust the loop length to get the hook right at the back may be crucial in increasing hookups too and is pretty easy to do. This method also does away with the need for junction tubing for the hook connection. especially on the 1/8" tubing and jct which not many hook eyes will stay in.
There may be issues with un-weighted tubes not tracking true and I wouldn’t recommend this for them unless it is a rabbit strip wing which makes the fly ride wing up regardless of hook position. A copper tube or dumbbell eyes guarantee the fly will track true. BUY AMERICAN FLIES - OAK ORCHARD FLY SHOP