The V-FLY Series
A shimmering baitfish
Here is our new 2022 version of the V-FLY Silver tippet/Holo Gold – A slightly bigger Riffling Hitch fly (equivalent to a # 4 regular fly) made in line with our see-through theories on surface salmon flies
See-through ideas and practice with the bigger V-FLY
If you have followed the work we do here on Fishmadman you might have read about the qualities of see-through tubing and how we incorporate these elements into many of our flies that we and other anglers over the years have had success with.
Back in 2018, I started out experimenting with hitch flies with very little shimmering body material as opposed to hitch flies covered in shimmering body material – I did so by glueing stripes of shimmering material to the tubing. A process we are still perfecting here at Fishmadman. The body on the two bigger V-FLYs we do are made with this technique – and I have thoroughly tested them over the last two seasons..and they are just great flies… I fish them primarily as sub surface flies, close to the surface – but I also use them as hitch flies
A great August fly
Here a August salmon caught on the V-FLY Silver tippet/Holo Gold
Capturing the essence of small baitfish
Slightly bigger than the V-FLY group at 29 mm (1.14 inch) body- equivalent in length to a #4 hook… But it is a difficult fly to compare to a fly tied on hook
Sub fly or Hitch fly
As how it is with so many of our hitch flies you may use the V-FLY Silver tippet/Holo Gold fly as a sub-surface fly by putting the tippet through the front of the tubing as you would do with most tube flies – but you may also hitch the fly on the surface by putting the leader through the hole positioned at the front end (at the throat) of the fly.
The riffling hitch tube fly system – In detail
Delicate micro flies perfected to trail in the surface
All Fishmadman hitch tube flies is based on the same clever system that will enable you to fish with different hooks.
The line is entered through a hole in the belly or side of the fly – This will make the fly pull to the surface and wake. Due to the design of the tube system, the fly will hitch with ease even in slack water – We use fine hair from small squirrel as this has proven to be unrivaled material for these subtle micro wake flies.
The other similar bigger hitch flies
Probably the best hitch tubing – ever made…
We think we have the right to brag… when we say the best tubing ever made. All other tubing found in fly tying shops could not live up to our expectation. Together with a chemical engineer we developed a new PVC-free plastic formula for the solemn purpose of producing a tube for riffling hitch.
- It will withstand a lot of mechanical wear
- Very low memory – This will ensure that the tube fall back into place after use (hook removed)
- Will work in a wide range of temperatures including frost cold days.
This is the same tube we use for our wake flies and other bigger tube flies. See the tube in our shop
Squirrel tail in the right size
We use hair from very small or juvenile squirrels – This type of fine hair is not too stiff – nor too fine…but just perfect for these subtle surface flies.
Learn more about squirrel tails for fly tying
More on the subject riffling hitch...
Our exclusive page on riffling hitch fishing and flies
Our main pages on the riffling hitch sport – Read more about the riffling hitch pattern history and styling – A dedicated page on Fishmadman.comRead more on Fishmadman.com
Riffling hitch know-how…
Know how page on riffling hitch – See how to fish with themRead more on Fishmadman.com
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