Monday, January 25, 2016

Undertaker Tube Fly

Simple, quick, and effective

There's not much to say about this one. The Undertaker is one of North America's most popular and effective Atlantic salmon flies. I wanted to tie a large Undertaker, so I decided to tie one on a tube. Instead of a wing, I wanted the hair to wrap around the tube 360º. 

A few hours after tying the first one, this fly proved itself effective. There's nothing fancy about it. Anyone can tie it. Try fishing it on a sink tip or sinking line. 

Undertaker Tube Fly

Tube: 1.8 mm plastic (1")
Junction Tube: PVC, tied directly onto the rear end of the plastic tube
Butt #1: Chartreuse Uni-Yarn
Butt #2: Chinese Red Uni-Yarn
Rib: Oval gold tinsel
Body/Dubbing Ball: Peacock Ice Dub (see notes below)
Wing/Collar: Black arctic fox, tied 360º around the tube (fairly sparse)
Cheeks: Jungle cock (optional)
Head: Black

Tying Notes:

  • I tie the junction tubing directly to the plastic tubing when tying this fly. The overlapping segment of junction tubing is just long enough to be covered by both butts. If junction tubing was placed over the butts, the "hotspots" would be obscured. Since the butts are an integral part of this simple fly, I thought it best to wrap them on top of the junction tube. 
  • Since the junction tube is a permanent part of this fly, make sure you use the most durable junction tubing you can find. Use a fairly long piece of junction tubing in case you want the hook to sit back near the end of the wing/collar. 
  • To see how the junction tubing is tied in, refer to the post linked here. 
  • Wind the dubbed body then wrap the tinsel rib. After tying off and trimming the butt end of the tinsel, form a dubbing ball in front of the body. This will help keep the wing/collar propped up when swimming through the current. 
  • The wing/collar in the fly pictured above is tied 360º around the hook. It's also possible to put the arctic fox in a dubbing loop and wind it around the tube. 
  • Another option is to substitute a couple turns of black marabou instead of the fox fur wing/collar.


  1. Hey Ben! Sweet fly! I have been collecting my own materials as of late. (I hunt duck, squirrel, and turkeys). I have access to a farm with many animals and birds on it and have been collecting with the owners permission. Do you know any flies that can be used that require materials that can be found locally?

    1. Hey Scott, thanks man! Yeah, there are plenty of uses for all those feathers. Of course, you're still going to need body materials. Look up the fly called the "Abe Munn Killer." That might be one you can do with mostly local materials.


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