Step by Step tying of the Spring Green salmon needle tube fly
by John Gray
Below is a step-by-step tying sequence of a
salmon tube fly dressed on a fine stainless steel needle
tube. It has been dressed in line with the modern style of
long tailed shrimp
flies such as Ally Gowans's famous Cascade salmon fly. It is
tied with early season salmon fishing in mind and I have
called it the Spring Green.
The Spring Green Salmon Tube Fly
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
hackles: brown over fluorescent yellow
For more information, see
Gray's Needle Tubes
Step 1 - Place needle tube in
and wind a bed
of black tying thread about one third of the way along.
Step 2 - Tie in a sparse bunch of white Arctic Fox.
Step 3 - Rotate the vice through 180 degrees and tie in a
sparse but slightly longer bunch of white Arctic Fox.
Step 4 - Tie in a sparse bunch of light green Arctic Fox and
a doubled strand of olive green Krystal Flash.
Step 5 - Wind a short body of olive green Krystal Flash.
This may be coated with clear varnish, superglue or epoxy
Step 6 - Tie in a wing of brown bucktail plus a doubled
strand of olive Krystal Flash.
Step 7 - Tie in a fluorescent yellow hackle.
Step 8 - Wind two or three turns of the yellow hackle.
Step 9 - Wind two or three turns of brown hackle in front of
the yellow, form a neat head and apply two coats of Cellire
No. 1 varnish.
The Spring Green Needle Tube Fly
A slight variation on the above theme
Substituting orange for brown in the
hackle creates a fly
with quite a different appearance, a much brighter fly as in the example below.
The Bright Spark
For more information on Salmon, Trout and Sea
Trout Flies, see
Trout and Salmon Flies