A series of simple tube flies for night sea trout fishing
by John Gray
Here is a step by step sequence for tying simple
sea trout tube flies, dressed on slim stainless steel
of diameter 1.5 mm. The tube flies consist of no more than a
coloured hackle and black squirrel hair wing and are
intended for night time sea trout river fishing throughout the summer
months. They are very simply dressed. The slim
silver tube is left undressed. The hackle gives support for
the outer hair wing, helping it stand out from the body of
the tube and give more movement. As sea trout cannot
distinguish colour at night, the colour of the hackle, which
may be selected to taste, is of little importance except in
providing a degree of contrast and tonal variation.
Night Tube Flies
tube: 35mm long stainless steel needle tube, diameter
hackle: coloured hackle tied in under the hair wing
wing: dyed black squirrel tail
Night Tube Fly - step 1
Insert tube in tube fly vice and lay a
short bed of tying thread
Night Tube Fly - step 2
Tie in an orange hackle. Colour may be
varied to taste and for tonal quality.
Night Tube Fly - step 3
Wind a few turns of hackle, trim stalk and
tie back to desired angle.
Night Tube Fly - step 4
Tie in a bunch of dyed black squirrel tail
hair on the top side of the tube.
Night Tube Fly - step 5
the vice through 180 degrees and
tie in a second bunch of squirrel hair opposite the first.
Form a neat head and apply two or three coats of varnish.
The Night Tube Fly
The Night Tube Fly armed with size 14
Sea Trout Night Tube Flies
Black & Orange Night Tube fly
Black & Pink Night Tube fly
Black & Blue Night Tube fly
Black & Yellow Night Tube fly
The same tube flies as they might appear
at night to the sea trout
For more information on Salmon, Trout and Sea
Trout Flies, see
Trout and Salmon Flies