The Clouser Minnow pattern in various colors is an exceptionally good fly for SRC and salmon on Puget Sound. However, sometimes fish have a tendency to short strike it or come unhooked. A long shank hook and dumbell eyes give a fish leverage to work the hook loose. Awhile ago, I tied some Clouser Minnows as tube flies and have been very pleased how they have worked. I use a Gamakatsu SC-15 # 4 hook located near the tail of the fly. I like it better than a stinger hook on a stiff leader. Below are my thoughts on pros and cons on using a tube Clouser Minnow pattern. Pros: 1. If the fish are short striking, there is an increased hook up rate because the hook is located near the tail of the fly. 2. It is more difficult for a fish to come unhooked as they have less leverage and the small SC-15 hook can wiggle around at the end of the tube. 3. You can have the hook riding up(use small sleeve at end of tube) so that there is less chance of becoming hung up on the bottom if you are fishing shallow water. With a stinger hook on a stiff leader that is not always possible. 4. If you are fishing from the beach and your hook point becomes damaged, it is easy to tie on another hook so that your fly is still useable. 5. There is less wear and tear on the fly as it will often ride up on your leader when you are bringing in a fish. When that does not occur, you can push the fly up the leader before releasing a fish so that you are only dealing with the hook. Cons: 1. Sometimes the fish will be hooked well into their mouth which can injure the fish. If that occurs very often especially with SRC, I will have to move the hook foreward to minimize injury to them. I am biased toward a hook at the end of a tube fly vs stiff leader /stinger hook. So lets hear it from the other side. Roger PS. I have been having good success with a foam strip/tube floating sand lance pattern. I'll do a write-up on it in the next week or so after I have used it a few more times.