Caledonia pike tube flies £6.95
WHEN targeting pike on the fly you’ll need oversized patterns that imitate their coarse fish prey to get them interested. These pike tube flies from Caledonia fit the bill perfectly. Traditionally, pike and general predator patterns are tied directly onto a hook, but to get a really large and long pattern would require a large and long hook, which isn’t always what you need. However, with tube flies you can create short or long dressings and you can use whatever hook size you wish. There’s also the advantage of being able to use barbed or the more fish-friendly barbless hooks. If a hook is damaged or becomes blunt, you can quickly change it with a tube fly, rather than discard the whole fly pattern. The flies pictured (right) are the Copper Comet and the Red-head Comet, both tied on 50mm tubes, and the shorter Perch Comet on a 40mm tube, and all come with a size 4/0 black nickel hook. The pike tube patterns are made up of predominantly lightweight, quick-drying synthetic fibres, although the heads are of a sculpin-type wool which will absorb a small amount of water. The advantage of this mainly synthetic construction is that the flies shed water easily so stay light for ease of casting. All three flies feature big decal eyes as an excellent trigger point. Fish them on an intermediate line and impart lots of movement with a strip, sink-and-draw or quick figure-of-eight retrieve.