Fly Tying Step by Step
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.
How to tie a Simple Needle Tube Shrimp Fly
A needle tube diameter
1.5 or 1.8 mm
Black and red hair
A few strands of red Crystal
Short length of clear
silicone or PVC
Hook of choice
1. Insert needle tube in
Tube Fly Vice.
2. Lay a short bed of
tying thread at the head.
3. Tie in a bunch of
black hair on one side..
4. Tie in a similar bunch
of black hair on the opposite side.
5. Tie in a bunch of red hair,
slightly shorter than the black hair, on one side.
6. On the opposite side
tie in a few strands of red Crystal Flash.
7. Tie in a bunch of red
hair over the Crystal Flash.
8. Tie in a black cock hackle,
wind three turns and secure.
9. Form a neat head and varnish.
For more information, or to buy
needle tubes, see