Last Tuesday, I deviated from my usual tube fly system and tied up a shank style fly with intruder wire. I had forgotten how fast shanks sink, how level they swim, and how the hook rides just perfectly. Awesome, I was thinking, until I hooked a chrome winter on the Coast the following day. In the 35 degree water she took slowly, I felt the tension, then she turned and rocketed downstream. I set and fought the fish for what seemed like a long time but in reality was only a minute or two. After a jump and a long downstream run she stopped, lazily rolled in the current and the hook simply came out. Losing fish happens, but I was angry, I haven’t lost a fish like that in a long time. Upon inspection of my fly the intruder wire was twisted beyond three hundred and sixty degrees and the hook was now sticking out to the side at an awkward angle (picture 2). As the fish rolled, fought and jumped that wire had become twisted, stiff, and that last slow roll provided just the right tension to pull the hook free, prematurely releasing my chrome friend. I twisted the wire back into place but it simply sprung back to its new location. Now this otherwise perfectly good fly is ruined – all of my arctic fox, rhea, amherst and silver pheasant so carefully tied in, is in the trash. This, among others, is the reason I fish tube flies. When you only get one chance a day, you better make it count.
Don’t forget that NEXT Thursday (the 24th) Bruce Berry from Protube will be tying in the shop from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM or so. Learn from Bruce and avoid coiled intruder wire!