The Magus Shrimp Tube Fly

Needle Tubes and Tube Flies

Step by Step tying of the Magus Shrimp salmon needle tube fly

by John Gray

Below is a step-by-step tying sequence of a variant of the Magus Salmon Fly, which I first used on the River Endrick in 1989, where it accounted for a few salmon and sea trout. Since then, the fly has taken a number of salmon from rivers as varied as the Earn, Ruchill, Teith, Allan, Alness, Borgie and Dee, and probably a good many more. Intended originally as a tenuous representation of the prawn, Parapandulus richardi, as illustrated in "Salmon Fishing" by Hugh Falkus, the Magus has been modified over the years. I have adapted this dressing for tying on a tube, specifically a slim stainless steel needle tube.


Tying the Magus Shrimp Salmon Tube Fly

The Magus Shrimp Tube Fly


tube: stainless steel needle tube 15mm long, diameter 1.5mm

tail hackle: fluorescent pink

tail: black squirrel with a few strands of flashy material

body: black with silver rib

wing: black squirrel with a short post of fluorescent pink floss on top (optional)

hackle: fluorescent pink under black


Step 1 - Place needle tube in tube fly vice and wind a bed of black tying thread about half way along.

The Magus Shrimp Tube Fly - step 1


Step 2 - Tie in three turns of fluorescent cock hackle.

The Magus Shrimp Tube Fly - step 2


Step 3 - Tie in a bunch of black squirrel hair plus a few strands of flashy material to taste. I have used pearl Krystal Flash and pink Maraglit.

The Magus Shrimp Tube Fly - step 3


Step 4 - Form a short body of black thread and rib with oval silver tinsel.

The Magus Shrimp Tube Fly - step 4


Step 5 - Tie in a wing of black squirrel and a short post of fluorescent floss over (optional).

The Magus Shrimp Tube Fly - step 5


Step 6 - Tie in a fluorescent pink hackle.

The Magus Shrimp Tube Fly - step 6


Step 7 - Tie in a black hackle in front of the pink, form a neat head and finish with two or three coats of Cellire No. 1 varnish.

The Magus Shrimp Tube Fly - step 7


The Magus Shrimp Tube Fly

The Magus Shrimp Tube Fly - step 8


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