Night Tube Fly

Needle Tubes and Tube Flies

A series of simple tube flies for night sea trout fishing

by John Gray


Here is a step by step sequence for tying simple sea trout tube flies, dressed on slim stainless steel needle tubes of diameter 1.5 mm. The tube flies consist of no more than a coloured hackle and black squirrel hair wing and are intended for night time sea trout river fishing throughout the summer months. They are very simply dressed. The slim silver tube is left undressed. The hackle gives support for the outer hair wing, helping it stand out from the body of the tube and give more movement. As sea trout cannot distinguish colour at night, the colour of the hackle, which may be selected to taste, is of little importance except in providing a degree of contrast and tonal variation.

Night Tube Flies

Night Tube Flies


tube: 35mm long stainless steel needle tube, diameter 1.5mm
hackle: coloured hackle tied in under the hair wing
wing: dyed black squirrel tail


Night Tube Fly - step 1

Insert tube in tube fly vice and lay a short bed of tying thread

Night Tube Fly - step 1


Night Tube Fly - step 2

Tie in an orange hackle. Colour may be varied to taste and for tonal quality.

Night Tube Fly - step 2


Night Tube Fly - step 3

Wind a few turns of hackle, trim stalk and tie back to desired angle.

Night Tube Fly - step 3


Night Tube Fly - step 4

Tie in a bunch of dyed black squirrel tail hair on the top side of the tube.

Night Tube Fly - step 4


Night Tube Fly - step 5

Rotate the vice through 180 degrees and tie in a second bunch of squirrel hair opposite the first. Form a neat head and apply two or three coats of varnish.

Night Tube Fly - step 5


The Night Tube Fly 

The Night Tube Fly


The Night Tube Fly armed with size 14 treble hook

The Night Tube Fly

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Night Tube Fly - Black and Orange

Black & Orange Night Tube fly


Night Tube Fly - Black and Pink

Black & Pink Night Tube fly


Night Tube Fly - Black and Blue

Black & Blue Night Tube fly


Night Tube Fly - Black and Yellow

Black & Yellow Night Tube fly



The same tube flies as they might appear at night to the sea trout

Night Tube Flies


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