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Needle Tube Snake

The Needle Tube, newly developed and manufactured in Scotland by Grays of Kilsyth, is the thinnest plastic lined metal tube available for fly tying, allowing the salmon and sea trout fly tyer to create extremely slim bodied flies such as this simple snake fly. The very fine stainless steel tube, with a diameter of only 1.5 mm, has been left undressed to give a slim shiny silver body. A fly dressed on a Needle Tube, while being much slimmer, lighter and more easily cast than the traditional copper and brass tubes, will fish deeper than a plastic or aluminium tube fly. A Needle Tube fly is also more durable and more easily made than the more complicated braided nylon snake fly.

Grays Needle Tubes are now available online in a range of diameters and lengths.

See also Tube Flies

How to tie a Simple Needle Tube Snake Fly


A needle tube of 1.5 mm diameter, 35 or 40mm long
Tying thread
Black, orange and red hair
A few strands of Crystal Flash
Short length of clear silicone
Hook of choice

1. Insert needle tube in Tube Fly Vice.

Tying the Snake Fly on a Needle Tube

2. Lay a short bed of tying thread at the head an tie in a bunch of red and orange hair.

Needle Tube Snake Fly

3. Add a few strands of Crystal Flash.

Tying a sea trout snake fly on a Needle Tube

4. Tie in some black hair.

Needle Tube Snake Fly

5. Form a neat head and varnish.

Sea Trout Snake


6. Add a short length of clear silicone tubing, 1mm bore, and a hook of choice.

The completed Needle Tube Snake Fly


 For more information, or to buy needle tubes, see Grays Needle Tubes


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