Step by Step tying of the Magus Shrimp salmon needle tube fly
by John Gray
Below is a step-by-step tying sequence of a
variant of the
Magus Salmon Fly, which I first used on the
River Endrick in 1989, where it accounted for a few salmon and sea
trout. Since then, the fly has taken a number of salmon from
rivers as varied as the Earn, Ruchill, Teith, Allan, Alness,
Dee, and probably a good many more. Intended originally as a
tenuous representation of the prawn, Parapandulus richardi, as
illustrated in "Salmon Fishing" by Hugh Falkus, the Magus has
been modified over the years. I have adapted this dressing for
tying on a tube, specifically a slim stainless steel needle
Tying the Magus Shrimp Salmon Tube Fly
tube: stainless steel needle tube 15mm long, diameter 1.5mm
tail hackle: fluorescent pink
tail: black squirrel with a few strands of
body: black with silver rib
wing: black squirrel with a short post of
fluorescent pink floss on top (optional)
hackle: fluorescent pink under black
Step 1 - Place needle tube in
and wind a
bed of black tying thread about half way along.
Step 2 - Tie in three turns of fluorescent cock hackle.
Step 3 - Tie in a bunch of black squirrel hair plus a few strands of
flashy material to taste. I have used pearl Krystal Flash
and pink Maraglit.
Step 4 - Form a short body of black thread and rib with oval
Step 5 - Tie in a wing of black squirrel and a short post of
fluorescent floss over (optional).
Step 6 - Tie in a fluorescent pink hackle.
Step 7 - Tie in a black hackle in front of the pink, form a
neat head and finish with two or three coats of Cellire No.
The Magus Shrimp Tube Fly
For more information on Salmon, Trout and Sea
Trout Flies, see
Trout and Salmon Flies