Fly Tying Step by Step
Cascade Needle Tube Fly
The Needle Tube, newly developed and manufactured in
Scotland by Grays of Kilsyth, is the thinnest plastic lined
metal tube available for fly tying, allowing the salmon fly tyer
to create extremely slim bodied flies such as this needle tube
cascade, a simplified version of Ally Gowans's famous salmon
fly. The thin stainless steel tube, with a diameter of only 1.5 mm, has
been left undressed to give a slim shiny silver body. The Needle
Tube is much slimmer, lighter and more easily cast than the
traditional copper and brass tubes but will fish deeper than a
plastic or aluminium bodied tube fly.
Grays Needle Tubes are now available online in a range of
diameters and lengths.
How to tie the Cascade Needle Tube
A needle tube of desired
diameter and length
Black, orange and yellow hair
A few strands of Crystal
Orange and yellow hackles
Short length of clear
silicone or PVC tubing
Hook of choice
1. Insert needle tube in
Tube Fly Vice.
2. Lay a short bed of tying thread at
3. Tie in a mixed bunch of orange and
4. Add a few strands of orange
5. Tie in a little black hair,
slightly shorter than the orange and yellow hair.
6. Tie in an orange hackle.
7. Wind three turns of hackle and
secure with a few turns of thread.
8. Tie in a yellow hackle.
9. Wind three turns of hackle,
secure, form head and varnish.
For more information, or to buy
needle tubes, see