Someone please talk me out of this idea!!
Thanks Sardina!! I never thought about tying tubes until I did some research over the weekend. The pro's are definitely outweigh the con's for certain applications. I was hoping I wouldn't go out and start investing in a new technique, but I just might have to!!Why? For some saltwater applications, they’re awesome. Used tube versions of poppers in particular in Baja for years. Because they tend to slide up the leader during the fight they take less abuse and therefore hold up better than conventional flies to multiple hook ups (yes, an actual problem that used to exist with dorado). Also, you can use shorter shaft hooks. Downside can be that not all patterns or styles of fly adapt well to tube versions, and they can be bulkier and more difficult to present. But overall they definitely have a place in saltwater fly fishing.