The Needle Shrimp

Needle Tubes and Tube Flies

Salmon Fly Tying Step by Step

by John Gray

The Needle Fly was devised primarily as a sea trout lure, an alternative to the tube fly and Waddington for late night sea trout fishing. However, even in its simplest form, it has proved effective also for salmon. The needle can, of course, be dressed in any way which fashion or fancy may dictate. The photographs below illustrate the dressing of a simple shrimp pattern, consisting of little more than a hackle and some badger hair, to produce the Needle Shrimp. Colours can be varied and other hair, such as bucktail or squirrel, may be substituted for the badger.

How to tie the Needle Shrimp


A needle (I have used a size 9 long darner)
Red and black tying thread size 8/0 or 6/0
Natural badger hair
Four strands of Crystal hair
Cock hackle dyed yellow

Click on the images below to enlarge

Step 1

Tie a "stop" about 2mm long by winding black tying thread on to the needle about one centimetre from the needle point.

Step 2

Lay a short bed of tying thread at the head of the needle.

Step 3

Tie in a loop of heavy nylon monofilament. I have used thirty pound B.S.

Step 4

Trim the ends of the nylon monofilament, cover with thread and apply a drop of varnish.

Step 5

Tie in a bunch of hair to reach slightly beyond the tip of the needle.

Step 6

Trim the butt ends of the hair and tie in securely.

Step 7

Tie in a hackle.

Step 8

Wind three or four turns of hackle.

Step 9

Trim the hackle and wind a few turns of thread through the wound hackle to secure it.

Step 10

Pull the hackle back to the desired angle and finish the head with two coats of varnish.

Step 11

The finished Needle Shrimp.

Step 12

The Needle Shrimp attached to a big mouth double hook with a sleeve of PVC over the shank to secure the needle point.


For more information on the needle fly and how to use it, see Fishing Articles

Book - Sea Trout Nights


 Salmon Spinhead






Grays of Kilsyth

Salmon Flies

Trout Flies

Fly Fishing Knots

Salmon Fishing Scotland

Trout Fishing Scotland

Sea Trout Fishing

Sea Trout Flies

Tube Flies

The Tube Fly Shop


 Slim stainless steel salmon and sea trout flies

HMH Tube Fly Tool


Online Fly Shop



needle tube fish ] The Spinhead ] The Needle Fly 2 ] Bead Tube Flies ] The Needle Fly 3 ] Grays Needle Tubes ] Needle Tube Flies ] Micro Tubes ] Tube flies ] sea trout fishing ] Linked Tube Flies ] Flug ] Endrick Sea Trout ] An August Night ] The Sea Trout Fisher ] The Muckle Saumon ] stocking ] religion ] Brown Trout or Sea Trout ] Magus fly ] sea trout decline ] sea trout river ] Memories ] [ needle shrimp ] fly lines ] spey cast ] spey sea trout ] hill walk ] highland river ] corrie loch ] grays loop ] wading stick ] Inverness fishing ] Aberlour Fishing ] Sea Trout ] Avon sea trout ] steelies ] cascade tube flies ] steelhead needle tubes ] tube fly vise ] blackback tube flies ] catch and release ] salmon fly hooks ] Spey salmon and sea trout ] needle tube fly or waddington ] fiery cascade tube fly ] black & silver tube fly ] scottish shrimp flies ] river spey photographs ] wee monkey tube flies ] Irish shrimp tube fly ] cascade step-by-step ] spring tube flies ] River Nairn ] Mallard & Silver Fly ] black & yellow tube fly ] River Dulnain ] sea trout fly ] Loch Fly ] Willie Gunn tube fly ] black & pink fly ] upside down flies ] magus shrimp fly ] dusty miller fly ] spring green tube fly ] beltra badger tube fly ] minitube flies ] snake tube flies ] summer shrimp flies ] night tube fly ] skye ] lammas shrimp fly ] salmon tingler ] salmon shrimps ] salmon fly depth ] ruddy buck tube fly ] salmon needle fly ] stoats tail ]

Trout and Salmon Fishing