Step by Step tying of a Beltra Badger (variant) salmon needle tube fly
by John Gray
Below is a step-by-step tying sequence of a
variant of the famous
Irish salmon fly, the Beltra Badger,
in this instance a tube fly dressed on a fine stainless steel needle
tube. Loosely based on the original tying of the Beltra
Badger salmon fly, this variant has been dressed in line with the modern style of
long tailed shrimp
flies such as Ally Gowans's famous Cascade salmon fly.
The Beltra Badger Salmon Tube Fly
tube: 20mm - I have used a stainless steel needle
tube diameter 1.5mm
tail/underwing: yellow over orange bucktail with two strands
Krystal Flash over
body: bare silver needle tube
wing: natural badger hair
hackles: blue over yellow
For more information, see
Gray's Needle Tubes
Step 1 - Place needle tube in
and wind a bed
of black tying thread about one quarter of the way along.
Step 2 - Tie in a sparse bunch of orange bucktail.
Step 3 - Tie in a
sparse bunch of yellow bucktail on top of the orange.
Step 4 - Tie in
a doubled strand of pearl Krystal Flash.
Step 5 - Tie in an overwing of natural badger hair, slightly
shorter than the bucktail.
Step 6 - Tie in a yellow hackle.
Step 7 - Wind three turns of the yellow hackle.
Step 8 - Wind two or three turns of blue hackle in front of
the yellow, form a neat head and varnish.
The Beltra Badger (variant) Needle Tube
Beltra Badger Tube Fly with PVC sleeve
and double hook
A few more Beltra Badger Tube Fly
For more information on Salmon, Trout and Sea
Trout Flies, see
Trout and Salmon Flies