Salmon & Sea Trout Needle Tube Flies
Following on from the earlier article on
Tubes here are a few more examples of salmon and sea trout flies
dressed on these ultra slim stainless steel tubes. The flies are simply
and sparsely dressed, taking advantage of the attractive slim silver
tube body. They have an extremely slim profile, with an outside diameter
of only 1.5 mm. Being made from polished stainless steel, the kind used
in the making of hypodermic needles, they sink more readily than
aluminium tubes but fish a little higher, and more attractively, than
the heavier copper and brass tube flies. Needle Tube flies would have a
comparable sink rate and similar slim profile to flies dressed
previously on Waddington shanks, but with the important benefit that the
hook is easily changed on the needle tube fly. See also
Grays Needle Tubes are now available online in a range of
diameters and lengths.
Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine Review
In his recent review of August 2011 Magnus Angus wrote of Gray's
... slender, gleaming tubes; utterly functional and very
tempting, these are extraordinary in a couple of ways - slimmer
than any straight tubes I have seen for sale - stainless
steel which is both hard to find and hard to cut.
flies tied on these tubes are not like heavy bulky conventional
tubes, these are light and sleek, cast easily and can be
controlled by a sink-tip or poly-leader. Want to fish deeper, use a faster sinking line. In other words these are
modern tubes for modern fishing techniques which emphasise
easier casting and employ sophisticated modern fly-lines to
determine fishing depth.
As a fly tyer the proportion, neatness and finish of these tubes
and the neat finish I can achieve on them appeals directly to
the satisfaction I get from fly tying. And stainless steel tubes
are about as tough as fly tying tubes get - so my carefully tied
flies should fish a little longer. Then as an angler, the
slimness of these tubes makes me think of clear water and sea
trout. The shorter tubes seem ideal for those wee speck-like
flies for low flows, longer tubes for faster water or fishing
into the dark ..."
Needle Tube Review
A box of Needle Tube Flies for summer salmon .....
A few finely dressed tubes for sea trout night fishing
More sewin needle tube flies
A small collection of salmon needle tube flies .....
A nice Spey sea trout taken on a needle tube fly .....
For more information, or to buy
needle tubes, see
How to make a knot guard (or swing tube) for a Free Swinging Tube
Grays of Kilsyth
Fly Fishing Knots
Salmon Fishing Scotland
Sea Trout Fishing
Sea Trout Flies
The Tube Fly