The Dusty Miller Tube Fly

 

Step by Step tying of the Dusty Miller salmon needle tube fly

by John Gray

Below is a step-by-step tying sequence of a variant of the classic Dusty Miller salmon fly. It has been much simplified in line with the modern style of long tailed shrimp style flies such as Ally Gowans's famous Cascade salmon fly.

The Dusty Miller Salmon Tube Fly

The Dusty Miller Tube Fly

Dressing

tube: stainless steel needle tube 15mm long, diameter 1.8mm

tail: yellow and red bucktail with natural squirrel under plus a few strands of flashy material

body: short fluorescent orange floss

wing: brown bucktail with a few strands of flashy material

hackle: orange under brown

For more information, see Gray's Needle Tubes

 

Step 1 - Place needle tube in tube fly vice and wind a bed of black tying thread about one third of the way along.

The Dusty Miller Tube Fly - step 1

 

Step 2 - Tie in a sparse bunch of natural squirrel tail.

The Dusty Miller Tube Fly -step 2

 

Step 3 - Rotate the vice through 180 degrees and tie in a sparse bunch of yellow bucktail.

The Dusty Miller Tube Fly - step 3

 

Step 4 - Tie in a sparse bunch of red bucktail.

The Dusty Miller Tube Fly - step 4

 

Step 5 - Add a few strands of pearl Krystal Flash (or other flashy material) to taste and tie in a short body of fluorescent orange floss.

The Dusty Miller Tube Fly - step 5

 

Step 6 - Tie in a sparse wing of brown bucktail plus a few strands of orange Krystal Flash.

The Dusty Miller Tube Fly - step 6

 

Step 7 - Tie in an orange hackle.

The Dusty Miller Tube Fly - step 7

 

Step 8 - Wind two or three turns of orange hackle.

The Dusty Miller Tube Fly - step 8

 

Step 9 - Wind two or three turns of brown hackle in front of the orange, form a neat head and apply two coats of Cellire No. 1 varnish.

The Dusty Miller Tube Fly - step 9

 
 

 

 

The Dusty Miller Needle Tube Fly

The Dusty Miller Tube Fly

 

Another Dusty Miller Tube Fly Variant

Substituting green for red in the wing/tail creates a fly with quite a different appearance, as in the example below.

The Green Miller

The Dusty Miller Tube Fly variant

 

and yet another needle tube fly dressed in a similar style ..

The Spring Green

Spring Green Tube Fly

Dressing


tube: 15mm - I have used a stainless steel needle tube diameter 1.8mm
tail: mixed white/light green fox with two strands olive Krystal Flash
body: front - wound olive Krystal Flash, short
wing: brown bucktail with two strands olive Krystal Flash
hackles: brown over fluorescent yellow

 

For more information on Salmon, Trout and Sea Trout Flies, see Trout and Salmon Flies

 

 

HMH Tube Fly Tool

 

Resources

Grays of Kilsyth

Salmon Flies

Trout Flies

Fly Fishing Knots

Salmon Fishing Scotland

Trout Fishing Scotland

Sea Trout Fishing

Sea Trout Flies

Tube Flies

The Tube Fly Shop

Salmon Recipes

 

 
 Slim stainless steel salmon and sea trout flies
 
 

 

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