Bicycle inner tube body/tail/fins query.

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

  1. 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. Weight? You mean the overall weight or the density of the rubber?
  3. Just thinking maybe the rubber is heavy?
  4. When I was young a section of bicycle tube filled with sand and wired closed at both ends was the toy of choice.:D
  5. 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
  6. 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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  7. 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.
  8. And just what did you do with that "toy"? Beat one another?:)
  9. 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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  10. Awesome tips Pat, tyvm! And hopefully I shall :)
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    fly men fish tails
  12. 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.)
  13. I think Niemeyer mentioned using the large colored rubber bands that come on asparagus, broccoli, and other assorted vegies.
  14. 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.

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