Bicycle inner tube body/tail/fins query.

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Eyejuggler, May 15, 2013.

  1. Eyejuggler

    Eyejuggler Beech Nut

    I am looking to tie some bass flies and it occurred to me that some 700c tubes cut into strips might make some cool body/tail/fin parts. Has anyone used this or is there a material I should be scrounging that would do a better job.
    It does have a bit of an aroma too it, not sure if that's going to be an issue or if it will fade away over time.
    I'll post a pic if it is successful. :)
  2. Jack Devlin

    Jack Devlin Active Member

  3. Eyejuggler

    Eyejuggler Beech Nut

    Weight? You mean the overall weight or the density of the rubber?
  4. Jack Devlin

    Jack Devlin Active Member

    Just thinking maybe the rubber is heavy?
  5. psycho

    psycho Active Member

    When I was young a section of bicycle tube filled with sand and wired closed at both ends was the toy of choice.:D
  6. kelvin

    kelvin Active Member

    I wish I had thought of that as a kid
    hell I might go make one now
    is that in any way connected to the screen name psycho by chance?

    I think it would make great fins or legs
  7. chewydog

    chewydog Active Member

  8. Eyejuggler

    Eyejuggler Beech Nut

    There we go! I knew I had seen it somewhere. his material looks thinner and consequently easier to use. Mine, after tying just a body is hella cumbersome. but time will tell.
    Just used it on the body, which of course is not visible.
    Pretty dense and hard to manipulate, I will keep playing.

    Really tough to keep down.

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  9. Jack Devlin

    Jack Devlin Active Member

    Now I get it. Rubber in the finished fly looks a lot thinner than the inner tubes I remember. Looking forward to seeing your completed fly.
  10. Jack Devlin

    Jack Devlin Active Member

    And just what did you do with that "toy"? Beat one another?:)
  11. Pat Lat

    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

    Take two inch long pieces of lead substitute wire and tie them to the hook shank to widen the body. then your strip of rubber should be cut not much wider than twice the width of the desired segmentation, cut the part you are tying in at an angle to reduce the bulk. Before wrapping add a couple drops of super glue so the wraps stay in place. and don't forget to tie in you tails before starting. Once you're done with the body you can cut out little pieces and tie them in on the back to give it that unmistakable stonefly nymph look. you could probably add some iridescent nail polish then clear coat them, or use dubbing wax to stick some fibers to the backside of the rubber before you start wrapping. Just start experimenting and bring some of that inner tube for me next time we fish so I can try it.
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  12. Eyejuggler

    Eyejuggler Beech Nut

    Awesome tips Pat, tyvm! And hopefully I shall :)
  13. Norm Frechette

    Norm Frechette Googlemeister


    fly men fish tails
  14. GAT

    GAT Active Member

    If you're after a very thin rubber material, try latex gloves. One of the patterns I featured in my fly tying column used strips cut from a light colored latex glove for the body. If you wish to color the body, waterproof markers are the ticket. Otherwise, if you're using a bike tube, you're kind'a stuck with black.

    (I've been experimenting with the suede tails for LMB baitfish patterns... the bluegill sure like pecking at them.)
  15. chewydog

    chewydog Active Member

    I think Niemeyer mentioned using the large colored rubber bands that come on asparagus, broccoli, and other assorted vegies.
  16. Eyejuggler

    Eyejuggler Beech Nut

    Nice tips guys, Thanks!
    I did not even consider rubberbands, a little magic marker and they are any color you want. Rubber bands do seem to rot pretty fast but perhaps they will get trashed by fish faster than decay.
    Just another aspect to the process that makes it so darn interesting.