Hemingway’s Mayfly Tube Bodies
Hemingway’s Mayfly Tube Bodies are innovative, synthetic tube bodies for creating authentic mayfly dry patterns. They are made from high quality dry fly synthetic dubbing and are shaped into a tube which ends in long, built-in tails. As they are hollow and contain air bubbles, they act as a buoyancy aid and keep the fly afloat. Their curved and tapered shape with long tails, perfectly reflect the body shape of the real mayfly and give the fly the correct silhouette. These bodies are soft, very flexible and are super easy to tie. As they are ready-made and already shaped with tails, creating authentic, floating mayfly patterns is a simple and effortless process. Mayfly Tube Bodies come in a range of colors and three sizes to cover various mayfly species and hatching stages. They can be easily further enhanced and modified by using a simple permanent marker. Constructed to be sturdy and durable. Try these bodies with Hemingway’s Mayfly Wings to create some awesome looking mayflies.
Small size: approx 14-16 hook size, 10 bodies per pack
Medium size: approx 12-14 hook size, 10 bodies per pack
Large size: approx 10-12 hook size, 5 bodies per pack
Available colors: Yellow, Light Yellow, Cream Orange, Tan, Rzav River, Djetinja River
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Some product reviews:
“…Tube Body’s are made from long dubbing fibre wound around a mandrel (often a needle of some sort) cemented and removed from the former. These tubes are tough so they can withstand casting, how they stand up to a few fish chewing on them is down to the fish and a little luck.
On a short-shank or curved hook, with a little dubbing and a turn of two of CdC at the thorax, Tube Body’s make for quick tying and a near-realistic artificial fishing fly. The fibre used to make these seems to accept felt pen easily, so those of a realistic bent can shade and segment them easily enough. Tube Bodys are longer than thorax of the insects they are used to represent, so should be tied in at the desired length.
Looking at the Small Mayfly the taper and diameter of these is about right for medium sized up-winged flies. Large size Mayfly Tube Bodys are really aiming at Mayfly (E. danica) and Green Drake, so although useful for those hatches are less useful overall. Stimulator, Hopper, Caddis and the like all have applications – caddis, crickets, daddy longlegs, etc.
This type of pre-formed body has been about for some time and the result can be excellent…”
Review by Magnus Angus
On the Bench, Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine (UK), 2013
Read the full article here.
Hemingway’s Wings & Tube Bodies
“For any of you out there that have NOT tried the Hemingway’s from Frosty Fly, you are really missing out. The wings they offer are second to none and as soon as I get back home I will be ordering Mayfly wings and bodies. Try some and fall in love with making realistic winged bodies all over again.”