Step by Step tying of the Dusty Miller salmon needle tube fly
by John Gray
Below is a step-by-step tying sequence of a
variant of the
classic Dusty Miller
salmon fly. It has been much simplified
in line with the modern style of long tailed shrimp style
flies such as Ally Gowans's famous Cascade salmon fly.
The Dusty Miller Salmon Tube Fly
tube: stainless steel needle tube 15mm long, diameter 1.8mm
tail: yellow and red bucktail with natural
squirrel under plus a few strands of
short fluorescent orange floss
wing: brown bucktail with a few strands of
hackle: orange under brown
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
Step 2 - Tie in a sparse bunch of natural squirrel tail.
Step 3 - Rotate the vice through 180 degrees and tie in a
sparse bunch of yellow bucktail.
Step 4 - Tie in a sparse bunch of red bucktail.
Step 5 - Add a few strands of pearl Krystal Flash (or other
flashy material) to taste and tie in a short body of
fluorescent orange floss.
Step 6 - Tie in a sparse wing of brown bucktail plus a few
strands of orange Krystal Flash.
Step 7 - Tie in an orange hackle.
Step 8 - Wind two or three turns of orange hackle.
Step 9 - Wind two or three turns of brown hackle in front of
the orange, form a neat head and apply two coats of Cellire
No. 1 varnish.
The Dusty Miller Needle Tube Fly
Another Dusty Miller Tube Fly Variant
Substituting green for red in the wing/tail creates a fly
with quite a different appearance, as in the example below.
The Green Miller
and yet another needle tube fly dressed in a
similar style ..
The Spring Green
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 on Salmon, Trout and Sea
Trout Flies, see
Trout and Salmon Flies