ROD TUBES & HOW TO USE THEM (fly fishing) (2023)


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Before we start this video, you might want to go grab yourself a beverage you're going to need it.

Hey, I'm.

Ben, I'm, a huge fly fisherman welcome back to another episode of huge fly fisherman thanks for taking the time out of your day to watch my video.

If you're new around here, I post a new fly fishing.

Video, every monday, we got a quick video for you today and then we'll have a beer at the end like we usually do today's video is about rod tubes and how to use them.

These are rod tubes.

They are for storing your fish pole also for walking around in the airport and looking cool.

Some are short some are long this one's for a two-piece rod don't ever buy a two-piece rod.

If you can avoid it, some are round.

Some are not round.

Some have a real case on them.

Some are metal some are plastic.

Oh, this one says, tenkara, somebody must have pulled that out of the trash.

Some rod tubes are multi-rod tubes and meant for carrying more than one rod.

I use these a lot some rod tubes have compartments inside.


Come with a sock, it might seem like a rod tube is a really simple thing and there's not much to it and you're right? But they're, not all the same let's.

Talk about pretty much.

The only thing you do with the fly rod tube.

You put your fish pole in it.

Well, how do we do that we'll demonstrate with this new fish pole? I got from my buddy, marty at deep bend rod works it's.

Fiberglass it's, a little fiberglass three-way all right.

So I just went out and got skunked.

And now I'm gonna put my rod away and have a beer you'll.

Notice that the compartments in this rod sock are different sizes.

Also the sections of the rod are different sizes.

What do you think we're going to do here? Yes, we're going to put the thickest section in the thickest compartment and I'm going to do it with the handle up so it's easier to grab when I want to take it out same thing with the next section, doesn't matter which way you do it and the next one all right now here comes the tricky part, please pay attention.

You are going to put the tip section in the skinniest compartment.

So that the tip top of the rod is near the cork handle.

The cork handle is gonna protect the tip top of the rod that's, how this works that's.

The only thing you need to know how important is this probably not very important at all, but I do it.

Anyway, it just makes me feel better it's part of my routine.

Well, it seems like a pretty short video.

So I guess I can talk about raw tubes for another minute before we have a beer.

I like rod tubes that aren't round that way they don't roll around on me.

I know, it's not that big of a deal.

But I like it, I like a rod two with a strap on it.

So that I can put my backpack straps through there.

It makes it more secure when you're strapping it on your backpack to hike somewhere again, not that big of a deal, but a nice little touch.

So for me, this rod tube is a lot more useful than this rod tube.

You might think they're both just tubes and they are, but they are not the same if I'm hiking to a lake.

I want this one or walking around the airport.

So that's gonna wrap it up for this video.

I hope that maybe you learned something, or maybe you got to watch a video on the clock at work, all right, don't, forget, you can stop by the website, and pick yourself up some huge fly fisherman stuff.

I will be back next week with another new video, until then stay tubular and stay huge let's.

Do this.

I kind of want to make this quick because I have a lot of stuff to do, but I also want to relax, and I want to make this video to eight minutes.

So I can put commercials in it.

Thanks for watching the commercials.

I appreciate it, but uh, it's part of part of what all this is think you know that hence me with all the logos everywhere, my phone's ringing, should I take the call? No, we won't, hey, you're on youtube, uh.

So, what's, new, uh, I like that.

Now I keep I ask you, you know, how you're doing and stuff and over the winter is all well, waiting for ice out it's freezing cold.

Now I'm getting a lot of responses.

Oh, pike fishing smallmouth, smallmouth fishing stuff like that.

So cool hope you're getting out, um, getting ready to go on a trip by the time you watch this.

I will already be back from that trip, uh by like a day or so.

So, ben, how was it? How was it? I don't know because I haven't gone there yet, it's a bit of a time warp right here right now.

Uh, I just recorded a podcast with tu5 rivers that is, um like college, fly fishing clubs that get together under the umbrella of tribal unlimited kind of and uh, they learn about fly fishing and do cool stuff.

So I just reported recorded that podcast this morning.

It should be coming out right around this time.

If it's out I'll I'll, leave a link or I'll, just put the link in after it comes out because I'm talking about it so link down below and go and check out marty's website.

Uh, I think he has a website.

I haven't even checked, but it's deep bend rod works.

You can find him on instagram for sure, uh.

He built me a fun little rod that I'm excited to play with and dude, marty, I don't have a reel for this rod.

I do but they're old and junky.

And I want to get a new one so I'm going to get a new reel and probably a line.

I guess and then we'll go do some small stuff around here with that rod.

Uh, this summer that'll, be fun.

I think it'll be fun.

A fun rod for the kids also I'm, not exactly a fiberglass nut, but it has its place.

So they're fun, that's.

It I'm done.

Uh, right now I have to finish up the video that came out last week for you watching this.

So I got more work to do I'm in the studio getting stuff done love.

You see you next time you.


Can I carry-on a fly rod tube? ›

Fishing rods are permitted in carry-on and checked bags; however, passengers should check with the airline to confirm that the fishing rod fits within size limitations for carry-on items.

How does a tube fly work? ›

Hooks used for tube flies are typically short shank, wide gap hooks. Once tied to the tippet, the hook is pulled into a junction tube attached to the rear of the tube fly. When a fish is hooked, the fly is typically dislodged from the hook and slides up the tippet. This protects the fly from damage by the fishes teeth.

How does a fishing float tube work? ›

The angler generally wears stocking foot chest waders and scuba diving flippers, so the legs remain dry. Seated in the float tube, the angler paddles across the water with a gentle movement of the flippers then remains still over the chosen fishing ground.

Does TSA allow fishing lures? ›

Checked Bags: Yes

Sharp fishing tackle that may be considered dangerous, such as large fish hooks, should be sheathed, securely wrapped, and packed in your checked luggage.

How do you attach a fly rod tube to a backpack? ›

Strap the rod to your backpack or slingpack

Just tie or strap your fly rod tube to the outside of your backpack or slingpack. It's usually a little easier with a backpack since slingpacks are always at an angle, but it can be done with either. Personally, I use 4-inch zip ties to attach my fly rod to my backpack.

How long of a fishing rod can I bring on a plane? ›

Can I bring my fishing rods? Yes, you can bring your fishing rods, but remember – an oversized item handling fee applies to any item with a single side longer than one metre (1000 mm , 39 in ), including wheels, handles and packaging.

What is the easiest fly line to cast? ›


It is widely accepted that WF fly lines are much easier to cast - especially for the beginner angler - and due to the weight forward fly line design, the head turns over flies easier giving the angler a better presentation.

What size fly rod is best for beginners? ›

Length of Rod

Length of a fly rod is important, particularly for a beginner. We recommend beginners start with an 8'9”-9' length, which is long enough to try a bunch of different approaches to getting your line on the water.

What is the best fly weight for a beginner? ›

If you're a beginner, it's recommended you start with a fly line weight of 5 or 6. Making short casts with a light outfit can be challenging for beginners, so a weight of 5 is the sweet spot for catching small fish as you get accustomed to casting.

Why use leader and tippet? ›

Without a solid leader and tippet setup, you run the risk of spooking fish or breaking them off. An appropriate leader means better accuracy, turnover, and presentation. The correct tippet selection ensures it will sink (or float) and be nearly invisible to the fish.

Do you need a tippet for fly fishing? ›

Whether you're nymphing or dry fly fishing, always use a section of tippet.

What is the difference between a tippet and a leader? ›

What is the difference in a leader and a tippet? The leader is the main material connected to the end of the line and this material will be fairly heavy. The tippet is the lightweight clear section attached to the end of the fly and to the end of the leader.

Why use a tube fly? ›

Tube Flies last twice as long on average to a standard fly! Easier Catch and Release Fishing - With a deeply hooked fi sh the lure can be slid up the leader and cut off the hook without further injury to a fi sh.

What is the best knot for tube flies? ›

Double surgeons loop or a fixed saltwater loop knot work great. Loop on hook, slide loop knot back into junction tubing until knot seats up inner tube.

Can you float fish with any rod? ›

Float fishing works best with light tackle. Many anglers used a light spinning rod of 8 – 10ft which are designed to cast weights of around 1 – 2oz, while simple telescopic fishing rods and freshwater carp rods can also be used.

Can you fly with caught fish? ›

Meat, seafood and other non-liquid food items are permitted in both carry-on and checked bags. If the food is packed with ice or ice packs in a cooler or other container, the ice or ice packs must be completely frozen when brought through screening.

Can I have fishing lures in my carry-on bag? ›

The TSA has clear instructions about fishing lures on its official website. Small fishing lures can be brought on the plane, both in carry-on and checked bags, given that they're well-wrapped and sheathed. The TSA website says that small flies that do not pose a security threat will be allowed in carry-ons.

How much does it cost to bring fishing rods on a plane? ›

There is no additional charge for fishing equipment; however, one item of fishing equipment will count as one of your checked bags. Fishing poles are exempt from the standard size requirements (62″) but should still follow weight and other equipment guidelines.

What hooks to use with tube flies? ›

Hooks for tube flies
  • Barbless Hook.
  • Single hook.
  • Treble-double Hook.
  • Dry Fly Fish.

Do fly rods wear out? ›

It wears out

Just like us, age doesn't always do great things. Gear wearing out is a good thing because it means that the gear is getting used! There are always exceptions, but mostly, if you use it, it will wear down. Leaving fly rods, reels, and lines in the sun is one of the quickest ways for it to go bad.

How much fish can you take on a plane? ›

Live fish are allowed in carry-on baggage but not checked baggage. The fish must be kept in water and a transparent, spill-proof container. The container may be larger than 3.4 ounces. Your live fish will be visually inspected by airport security at the checkpoint.

What is the most common fly line? ›

Floating Fly Line is the most common type of fly line, and it does exactly what you would expect, it floats, all the way from the backing to the leader. If you're learning how to fly fish, this is the type of fly line you should be using.

What type of fly fishing is easiest? ›

Dry fly fishing is easier than other types of fly fishing because you can see the fly. Nymphing is a 3-dimensional technique- dry fly fishing is on 2. Your dry fly needs to be drag free, just as the nymph and indicator, but when the fish takes, you see it. That makes knowing when to set the hook a lot simpler.

What size hook is best for fly line? ›

The most popular leader and tippet sizes used to fly fish nymphs, streamers, and dry flies range from a size 3x to 6x. Sizes 3x and thicker are perfect for casting larger flies while 4x and thinner are ideal for casting nymphs to tiny dry flies whereas size 6x would be ideal.

How much should I spend on my first fly rod? ›

For a new fly rod alone, you should expect to spend a minimum $150. Many manufacturers carry decent lower-priced rods in that price range. That said, as a beginner, you may want to purchase a rod/reel combo. If so, you should be prepared to spend around $175 to $250.

What is the most common fly fishing rod? ›

However, the 5-weight 9-foot fly rod is the most common in some parts of the world, with others preferring a 6-weight 9.5-foot rod. The additional lengths can come in handy when keeping your backcast off the river or lake when you're trying to wade deep.

How many fly rods do you really need? ›

I suggest two rods, a 5-weight and an 8-weight, both 4-piece, 9-foot graphite rods, can meet 90 percent of likely fishing situations. Fly rods are rated by the weight of the line they cast, the higher the number, the heavier the rod.

Does heavier fly go on top or bottom? ›

Depending on how you prefer to fish you two flies (tag end, eye of hook, bend of hook) you will want to set this up so that the heaviest fly is the very bottom one and the lighter fly will be above it on your line.

How do I know what size fly to use? ›

Flies are annotated by size — the higher the number, the smaller the fly. Generally, nymphs and dry flies in size 16 to 12 are the most common, but size 20 or 22 dry flies are often used. Streamers in size 6 to 4 tend to be most useful.

What is a 7 weight fly rod good for? ›

By adding a 7 weight to the quiver, you'll be able to cover just about everything from large trout, to bass and carp. Don't forget steelhead and a few inshore saltwater species. With most anglers already owning a 5 weight, the 7 weight is a perfect next rod to have.

How do you match a leader to a tippet? ›

Match the tippet to the size leader you are using. Leaders are typically tapered and the “x” rating refers to the smallest diameter on the leader. So, if you are using a 5x leader you may want 5x tippet to get the leader back to its original length, or 6x tippet to extend the leader beyond its original length.

How long should a leader and tippet be for fly fishing? ›

A good place to start is with a 9-foot tapered leader. If you are fishing to spookier fish, add a section of tippet and lengthen that out to 12 feet or so. If you're fishing for bass or other more aggressive species, you can go with a 6 to 7.5-foot tapered leader.

Can you use regular fishing line as tippet? ›

Regular monofilament fishing line will not make a good fly leader just by itself. It simply lacks the taper that fly fishing requires for casting. However, regular mono will work as a great tippet – tippet is pretty much-rebranded fishing line.

What tippet is best for fly fishing? ›

Fluorocarbon. Fluorocarbon is a good choice for tippets because it is nearly invisible in the water, making it a favorite among fly fishermen. It is more expensive than monofilament, however it is almost invisible underwater and has greater abrasion resistance.

What type of fly fishing tippet is best? ›

Using nylon tippet is best when in comes to dry fly fishing. Nylon carries less mass that fluorocarbon material therefore it floats on the surface far better than heavier tippet. The benefit of nylon is that it doesn't absorb water. This means there will be less drag and better floating capabilities for dry flies.

Do you wear waders in a float tube? ›

In a float tube, your body is immersed in water up to your chest. This type of fishing requires waterproof equipment like these wading suits and you can't just wear waders.

Are float tubes good for fishing? ›

Float tubes are an excellent way to explore and fish in areas that may be otherwise inaccessible. They provide a lightweight and highly portable solution for anglers of all skill levels and can help you get to places no other type of watercraft can.

What not to wear under waders? ›

Not only should you never wear cotton under waders (because cotton absorbs moisture rather than dissipates it), a well designed insulating layer will provide you the lightweight warmth and movement required for a long day on the water with out bulk and chafing.

Do your feet get wet in fly fishing waders? ›

The answer is simple—yes! If you want your feet warm and comfortable in the water while wading, you should consider choosing waders. As mentioned earlier, wading boots do not keep your feet dry, but waders do.

Do you wear socks in your fly fishing waders? ›

You should wear this base layer on both your body and your legs. Choose pants made of breathable fabrics that don't hold on to sweat and humidity. Don't forget to wear socks, or your feet may get chafed by the wading boots. Don't wear ankle socks because they are too short for boots and will soon fold under your feet.

Should you use a bobber when fly fishing? ›

Your results may vary, but many fly fishers prefer to fish with a bobber or indicator. When in severe weather conditions, overfished areas, or if the trout just aren't biting, using a bobber and indicator gives you that slight advantage.

How deep should I fish a bobber? ›

They're best suited for fishing waters no deeper than the length of your rod. This style keeps your bait at a preset depth while fishing. In deeper water, or when casting long distances, use a slip bobber to eliminate casting problems caused by the long length of line between the bobber and hook.

Do you use a sinker or bobber for fishing? ›

What distinguishes fishing weights and bobbers is that weights are designed to drop your lure to where the fish are while bobbers are intended to hold your hook at a desired depth. Weights and sinkers are usually made of lead and can be as small as a BB or as heavy as a few ounces.

What is the best bait for float fishing? ›

Whilst it can be accepted that certain baits technically work better when presented under a float, many bait options such as boilies will catch you carp. Two personal favourite baits to fish under a float is the ever faithful “golden grain” sweet corn and a big bunch of wriggling maggots!

What hooks are best for float fishing? ›

Generally, a size 1 or 1/0 hook is a good choice for floaty fishing as smaller fish can be taken on this size of float but it is also large enough to handle any larger fish which may take the bait.

Do you fish streamers up or down stream? ›

I prefer to throw streamers upstream and strip them back downstream. This presentation can be utilized on big or small water and tends to be more effective when fish are more active, elevated, or in shallower, faster water, in the late spring, throughout summer and into early fall.

When should I use streamers for fly fishing? ›

You should use streamers when you see large fish below the surface of the water or if you are scouting out locations with limited visibility. A standard trout fly might not be able to turn over with its heavyweight or fly line in the water, but a streamer can be dragged along quickly and easily for a different look.

Do you need floating or sinking line for fly fishing? ›

If you are fly fishing for trout in the river then a floating line is all you will need. If you are fishing on lakes and reservoirs then you may need to invest in some sinking lines too. A sinking line enables you to get your wet fly down to deeper depths than the floating line will allow.

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