Herb's Hackle Stacker

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Lots of ideas on YouTube one can adapt or simplify.     Having become a confirmed wet liner in recent years I have tied hundreds of Wooly Buggers for my winter assault on the Tongariro silver bullets.      The idea of quickly converting a smaller streamer into a bigger one and vis versa appealed to me.     This can be done by stacking an extra hackle tied on a small tube on top of the base fly by simply sliding it onto the leader.     

I have been tying tuna flies on popsicle tubes for years.    The best way to collect a supply is at kid's play grounds that are near a diary.      Best go there when it is raining as mothers get quite concerned when they see a man without kids wandering around the swings and slides.     The tubes come in 2 diameters.     If you have a choice collect the smallest diameter ones.

The photos give you some idea of the popsicle tube on which I wind a long fiber Marabou hackle.     Once secured I cut it off the remaining tube.    How long a stub you leave on depends on how long you want your fly to look after you slide it onto the base fly.     You can not only vary the size you can also change the colour combination, slide a colour or tungsten bead on between the fly and hackle.    If you are not happy with that you can return to your base fly by just cutting the tippet and slide all the extras off.     No need to tie streamers in different sizes.

I am still trying to find a simple way to make the base fly articulate.    This is possible by tying it on with a small loop knot and a very small bead before sliding the hackle tube on.      Work in progress.

Cheers and Merry Christmas to all.

Rainbow

Ps all the stackers in the photos are tied on larger diameter tubes.    I now prefer smaller tubes.
However, you could also use brass tubes for extra weight.    If you don't like them sliding up or down on the leader you can fix it with a toothpick.


   


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I stopped using the popsicle tubes and changed to a slightly flexible transparent tube.      I tied rabbit streamers on which I stacked the tube hackle.     Both integrated really well as a single fly.     All my hooks have a straight eye.     A 2mm deep cut at the end of the tube allows the eye to be pulled into the cut, which locks it in place.      The cut is one reason I changed to a flexible tube.     When this ghastly weather clears, I shall see how they swim in flowing water.     They will have plenty of movement. 

I am really surprised that NZ has not woken up to tube fly streamers.     Much easier to tie than Intruders and just as good if not better and more versatile 

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Silicon Stacker.      It worked really well on its own last season on the Tongariro but now with the tube hackle it will be awesome.

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Tried Spey casting these flies with the ULS 3D shooting heads.     No problem, even the silicone softbait variants flew out to the other side of the river.     They all swam well with or without the fly being locked in the tubeof the stacker.    happy with the results.

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