TUBE FLY VICE
The HMH Tube Fly Tool
with 4 free sample Needle Tubes
The photograph above shows the HMH Tube Fly
Adapter fitted to a standard Regal fly tying vice and holding a
35mm long stainless steel Needle Tube, diameter 1.5mm, ready to be dressed.
The HMH Tube Fly Tool from Grays of Kilsyth is
supplied with two pins, a selection of plastic tubes and a
sample pack of 4 Grays Needle Tubes (two of each diameter),
as shown below.
HMH of Brunswick, Maine, USA have built a well
deserved international reputation for well designed and
engineered fly tying vises, favoured by a growing number of fly
tyers the world over. Of particular interest to us are their
tube fly tying vices and tools and we are pleased now to
announce the addition of the HMH Tube Fly Tool to our
online fly shop
This Tube Fly Tool (or Starter Tube Tool, as
HMH modestly call it) is an
inexpensive, yet extremely practical and versatile tool which
may be easily and quickly fitted to any standard fly tying vice
head, allowing the fly tyer to hold a range of tubes securely
for dressing a wide variety of tube flies. It is well suited to
holding Grays Needle Tubes in lengths from 15mm upwards, as
shown below (10mm needle tubes can also be held or may be secured with the aid of a
pin or needle). In addition, the adaptor will hold conventional fly tying
tubes or any of the growing number of new tube styles now widely
available to the fly tyer.
Using the HMH Tube Fly Tool
The HMH tube fly tool will hold a wide range of
tubes. Metal tubes may be clamped very simply and securely in
the tube tool. The photograph below shows a 35mm long Needle
Tube (external diameter 1.5mm) clamped in the tube adapter ready
for tying. The Tube Fly Tool can also hold
thicker, more conventional metal tubes, in copper, brass or
aluminium, up to 3mm in diameter, secured in the same way.
The HMH Tube Fly tying tool can hold short tubes, too.
Below we see a 10mm long Needle Tube secured and ready for
How to access the rear of
the tube for dressing
In order to allow more access and room to dress the body of
very short fly tying tubes, say less than 10mm in length, a pin
or sewing needle of suitable diameter may be used to help secure
the tube, as shown below. If using this method (which I would
only recommend for very short tubes of 10 mm or less), care
should be taken not to damage the tube's plastic liner, either
by using too thick a needle or by clamping the liner in the
securing ring. The method I use is as follows:
1. First insert the needle or pin into the
tube. The needle/pin diameter should be approximately equal to
the internal diameter of the plastic tube liner. The needle
diameter may be very slightly larger, as it need only be
inserted a few millimetres into the tube, but not so large that
it damages the plastic tube liner when inserted.
2. Loosen the clamping ring just sufficiently
to allow the needle or pin to be inserted into the tube fly tool
from the front end (the right hand side in the photograph
3. Pushing the ring downwards with the left
forefinger, butt the tube liner firmly against the side
of the clamping ring and tighten the clamp screw to secure the
needle, being careful not to clamp any part of the tube liner
inside the ring.
For use with Gray's Needle Tubes,
I would recommend sewing needles in size 8 or 9 which have a
diameter of 0.61mm.
Dressing Plastic Tubes
With the aid of either of the two longer pins
supplied for the purpose, plastic tubes of varying diameter may also be held in the HMH tube
adapter , as shown below.
Examples of Needle Tube Flies dressed on
15mm long needle tubes
More from Grays of Kilsyth
Illustrated below are some of the needle tubes and tube
flies; trout, salmon and sea trout flies; spinheads; fly
tying accessories, some of them unique and available online
only from Grays of Kilsyth, e.g. our ultra-slim stainless
steel fly tying Needle Tubes and Needle Tube Flies.
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Our Needle Tubes and boxed selections of
trout, sea trout and salmon flies are available in our
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