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The FutureFly Tubing System

 Article Written for Foxy-Tails by: Janusz Panicz


Here is a short technical guide on some of the different methods of rigging the FutureFly plastic tubing system and metal tubes for tube fly tying.

The FutureFly tubing system is very versatile thus allowing for a variety of combinations or styles. By that we mean there is more than just one 'right way' to work with the various tubes, weights and cones within the range of products available.

We will start by looking at the five options depicted below: 

Option A: The back of the 1.8mm Inner Tube is melted to create a tiny rim (or mushroom) and then pushed into the 3.0mm Outer Tube. The Outer Tube is then cut at an angle for some extra room to tie in the wing and also to fix/lock the two tubes with tying thread. This setup can be used to tie temple dog and octopussy style flies. Here is an example: 
 

Option B: The back of the 1.8mm Inner Tube is melted to create tiny rim (or mushroom) and then pushed into the 3.0mm Outer Tube. The front of the outer tube is melted to create rim that will prevent the tying thread slipping off the end of tube.

Both tubes will be further fixed/locked with tying thread wrapped around them. This setup can be used for flies with a cone mounted in front of the fly like the example below: 
 

Option C: The back of the 1.8mm Inner Tube is melted to create tiny rim (or mushroom) and then pushed into the 3.0mm Outer Tube. Both the inner and outer tubes are cut evenly at the front and melted together. As a result a rim is formed in front of the outer tube that prevents tying thread from slipping off.

This setup can be used for flies that have no cone placed at the front. The only reason to use the inner tube is to have it better fit the tippet or leader. An example is shown below: 
 

Option D: The back of the 1.8mm Inner Tube is melted to create solid rim (or mushroom). A metal FutureFly US Tube is pushed onto the inner tube to provide weight. You can then tie wing/hackles/body on either the inner tube or the US Tube depending on the pattern. As there is no room for a hook, silicone tube or soft PVC tube must be used, either as a free swinging rig or with silicone/soft tube pushed on the metal US Tube.

In free swinging hook setups you have to cut the silicone/soft tube at a right angle to align the hook with the axis of metal tube. An example is shown below: 
 

Option E: The back of the 1.8mm Inner Tube is melted to create a tiny rim (or mushroom) and pushed into the rear of the 3.0mm Outer Tube. The front of the outer tube can be prepared as described in Option B or Option C or you can use a metal US Tube tube at the front. This setup can be used to combine two different outer tubes. Examples of this method are shown below: 
 


Some General Hints and Advice
 
Glitter tubes need a little care to melt them as the embeded glitter does not melt easily.
With clear/transparent outer tubes it is advisible to use clear inner tube to maintain transparency.
Glue is not needed (nor recommended) to fix the tubes together - none of the above methods need it. 

Have fun and enjoy experimenting and without doubt you will find many methods of your own. 


 

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