Tying a Thunder & Lightning Dark Tube Fly

Tying a Thunder & Lightning Dark Tube Fly

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We are tying a thunder & lightning dark - no body tube fly variant of the classic Thunder & Lightning. This fly would be perfect with yellow or orange junction tube on your leader knot and hook for a free swinging hook set up. Or you can dress the liner tube with the traditional yellow butt, black body, gold or copper rib and orange body hackle.

Watch the SBS tying video here

Get the tying kit here -

Materials and tools from Future Fly


FF 1.8mm Plastic Tube - Fl.Orange
00:22 6mm Hybrid Cone - Copper
00:42 GSP Tying Thread 12/0 - 50D - White
00:57 N.American Opossum Pelt - Em Claret
03:02 Rooster Cape - Black
04:18 Tanuki - Pahtagorva
05:16 Signature AH - Em Purple
06:29 Signature Hen Saddle - Grizzly Kingfisher Blue
07:45 Tanuki - Black
08:40 Signature AH - Em Purple
09:29 Artifical Jungle Cock - Large
10:29 6mm UFO Disc - Metallic Golden Orange

Future Fly Tube Vise
Future Fly Tube Vise Needle Medium
Future Fly Standard Bobbin
Future Fly Multi Needle
Future Fly Lightweight Scissors
Future Fly Hackle Tool

Step by step:

Step 1:
Melt the end of a 1.8mm liner tube and press down on a hard surface whilst still hot, this will create a big flat edge for your cone to sit against.


Step 2: Push on a 6mm hybrid cone in copper and secure in place with tight thread turns moving the cone back to the melted plastic tube. make a few turns forward on the liner tube to create a flat base to tie on.

Step 3: With some N.American Opossum pelt in Em Claret twist a small patch of hair all the way round the tubing with tight turns back to the cone, this will flair the hair out like a hackle. The fur has both soft underfur and stiff shiny guard hairs.

Step 4: Next take a large rooster cape feather in black and make several turns tight to the cone. the underfur and rooster feather should support all our larger materials without being too bulky.

Step 5: Next tie in some Tanuki pelt in Phatagorva (fiery brown/claret) with the tips facing forward then fold back and tie down again, try to keep tight to the hackles and not too big a head. Then take some Signature Angel hair strands in Em Purple and tie in folding back and tying down again then cut to different lengths. 

Step 7: Next find a chicabou type soft hackle from the signature hen saddle patch in kingfisher blue grizzly, then make a few turns being careful not to break the stem, hide as much of the tanuki head with the hackle turns as you can staying tight to the other materials.

Step 8: For the overwing take the longest hair fibres from a Tanuki pelt in black or you can use marble fox tail in black too and tie in with the tips facing forward, split the wing in half and fold back 1 half tying down again, then take a couple more strands of Signature AH in Em purple tied in the middle and folded back.

Step 9: Complete the wing by folding back the other half of the wing and tie down again, it's important to keep the head as small as possible here, you may need to tie down with a bit of hair poking out, if you make the thread turns tight enough you should be able to gently pull the hair back a bit to reduce the hair sticking out from folding backwards.

Step 10: Tie in jungle cock cheeks either side, folding back the stem and tying in again for extra security, to measure for length here I like to the that the cheeks would sit about 1/3rd to 1/4 of the way back to the wing, which would place it at the end of a dressed body or to the hook eye / hook points with the hook placement centre to the fly.

Step 11: Add some super glue to the liner tube then add a 6mm or 4mm nano UFO disc and using a flat surface like Future Fly's hackle tool push the cone back as hard as you can into the fly, it helps to pull all the natural materials back out of the way for this to avoid glue seeping in. Pushing the cone back with a hard surface helps compress the head and all materials back and stick to the glue, it will also flare the materials more against the cone, making the fly stronger overall.

Step 12: Remove the fly from the vise and needle, cut away the liner tube to 2-3mm from the cone and melt down with your lighter, whilst still hot use a flat surface to compress the plastic down into the cone, this reduces the size and strengthens the bond, it is likely the hold will close but you can easily use a dubbing needle or your tube vise needle to open it up again, push as far back on the needle as possible to open it up. We like the future fly multi needle for this, its super sharp and strong.