Shock and Awe - Psychedelic 4"


This pattern is 4" long and does NOT come with the pictured hook.

The Shock and Awe is a great tube fly that uses the X-Eyed Cones not only for weight but to help create the shape and profile of the fly. The profile of the Shock and Awe pattern is a great match for herring, which are a favorite food item of every saltwater fish in the Pacific Northwest. Tube flies last a long time as the fly will often slide up the leader away from the fish's teeth. The Psychedelic Shock and Awe features more fish attracting flash and is one of our favorite flies for coho salmon. This 4" tube fly is one of the best flies for Sekiu and Neah Bay for actively feeding salmon found in the offshore tide rips.

Why do we tie on tubes? The idea of tube flies are they tend to last longer and we get to pick our own hook size and quality. Also, when the fish takes the fly the hook dislodges from the back of the tube and will often run up and down the leader far away from any spiny teeth as you fight the fish. So flies last longer!

How to Use: Run leader through the top of the tube, slide tube fly up leader out of the way, tie hook onto leader with a simple clinch knot, slide tube back down then lodge eye of hook into junction tubing until hook is seated in the rubber tube. It's really easy.

* Hooks not provided, see below for tube fly hook recommendation *

We recommend the following hooks for use with saltwater tube flies.

  • Alec Jackson Tube Fly Hooks: Sz 3 - this will a smaller discrete short shank hook for large trout Coho salmon or Chinook (under 15lbs). Will fit nicely into back of the junction tube
  • TMC 800S: Sz 6 - heavy wire, short shank hook, best for larger Salmon like Chinook, Coho or other large saltwater species.
  • Side note: you may find it difficult to fit the eye of the 800S size 6 hook or any larger hooks into the back of the tube (the softer "juntion tubing" which holds the hook) but what we do with these larger hooks is we snug the knot into the junction tubing, this secures the tube just enough to keep the tube fly from sliding around too much as it sinks or while stripping. Or, if you don't mind the tube sliding freely, just tie on a hook and go.

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