I have spent many years looking for the ultimate tube vice and the truth is I have never really found it. Each type has it’s own good and bad points for each type of vice.
I have previously used a Norvice rotary which is a brilliant tool provided that you do not accidentally hit the lock function on it because if you do by the time it has registered in the brain the next thing to register is how pretty all those materials look floating to the floor!!
Need I say more?
This vice was fitted by a chuck clamp similar to that on a small drill to hold the bit in. I found that with this type of tube mount you could not set the materials properly and that it often deformed the tube itself.
I then tried and successfully used the HMH tube vice which can be easily attached to any regular vice. It is particularly good with bottle type tubes. The only problem was that the needles that fit through the tube do not always make it right the way through so you have to remove the plastic inner and replace it later when the fly is tied. O.k. if you want to add a cone head but otherwise a pain and an added expense as you have to buy the inner plastic tubing.
The other disadvantage is when you start to tie tubes in silly sizes such as 6mm and even smaller. Why would someone want to tie something that small you may ask?
Because they can be deadly is the reply.
The latest tool specific for the job is a needle-like device from Glasgow angling.
This is great for the job but do be carefull when stretching out for materials as it really is needle sharp. Ouch!!!!!!
The one thing that I have always found invaluable is a blind eyed hook as it fits the vice without any bother and you can push on tight any tube of your choosing. When tied they easily can be pulled off (before you varnish the head though).
If you look at the picture you can see the main types of tube fly holders I have mentioned other than the chuck bit.
The sequence of tying detailed below is on a blind eyed hook, and yes they are still available as any classical salmon dresser can tell you.
O.K. back to the job in hand
The Silver Stoat.
A classic pattern for both salmon and sewin alike and successful on nearly all waters in Britain and Russia.
The Dressing is as follows:
Tube: Copper or Aluminium in size and length to suit fishing conditions. The example is tied on a 1″ aluminium slipstream tube.
Tag: Fine Oval Silver
Butt: Yellow Silk Floss
Rib: Fine Oval silver
Body: Silver mylar
Wing: Black squirrel or Black Bucktail in larger sizes.
Silk: Black 6/0
First off attach the tube to the device of your choosing.
Now attach your silk at the rear end of the tube with a jam knot
Rib the mylar with the oval tinsel in open turns and tie off at the head. Remove waste.
Whip finish and varnish.
The finished fly. One to always have in your box.
If you get any problems then just contact the forum.