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Needle Tube Shrimp

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 simple needle tube shrimp. The thin stainless steel tube has been left undressed to give a slim shiny silver body. A fly dressed on a Needle Tube is much slimmer, lighter and more easily cast than the traditional copper and brass tube flies, while fishing more deeply than a plastic or aluminium tube fly.

Grays Needle Tubes are now available online in a range of diameters and lengths.

See also Tube Flies

How to tie a Simple Needle Tube Shrimp Fly

Materials

A needle tube diameter 1.5 or 1.8 mm
Tying thread
Black and red hair
A few strands of red Crystal Flash
Black hackle
Short length of clear silicone or PVC
Hook of choice

1. Insert needle tube in Tube Fly Vice.

Tying the Needle Tube Shrimp - step 1

2. Lay a short bed of tying thread at the head.

Tying the Needle Tube Shrimp - step 2

3. Tie in a bunch of black hair on one side..

Needle Tube Shrimp 3

 4. Tie in a similar bunch of black hair on the opposite side.

Tying the Needle Tube Shrimp 4

5. Tie in a bunch of red hair, slightly shorter than the black hair, on one side.

Tying the Needle Tube Shrimp 5

6. On the opposite side tie in a few strands of red Crystal Flash.

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7. Tie in a bunch of red hair over the Crystal Flash.

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8. Tie in a black cock hackle, wind three turns and secure.

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9. Form a neat head and varnish.

 

 For more information, or to buy needle tubes, see Grays Needle Tubes

 

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