Darter Tube Fly Orientation
Tube Fishing - Balancing The Tubes
By changing the balance of conehead and hook is is possible to swap orientation of the fly. This allows Darter Imitations, swimmer / baitfish tube fly imitation or surface wake tube flies also know as riffle hitch tube flies.
Darter Tube Fly Orientation / Skulpin Imitation
Skulpins or bullheads are small bait fish that dart about the bottom of the water. Trout, especially large brownies love these. By adding a heavier conehead than hook you can force the tube so that it rides down head first in the water, much the same as a skulpin. Simply lifting the rod tip and dropping causes the fly to lift and dart in much the same manner as a skulpin.
For Pike, Muskie and Bass this technique works well, the lift and drop of the tube fly looks like a fish dying in mid water and can trigger particularly aggressive takes.