The Ruddy Buck Tube Fly

Needle Tubes and Tube Flies

Step by Step tying of a Ruddy Buck salmon needle tube fly

by John Gray

This fly is similar to the famous Willie Gunn tube fly, dressed on a stainless steel needle tube. It is tied using three colours of bucktail, the combination giving a reddish appearance, hence the name, Ruddy Buck. The following images illustrate the simple step by step tying sequence.


The Ruddy Buck Salmon Tube Fly

The Ruddy Buck Tube Fly


tube: stainless steel needle tube, 25 to 30 mm long, diameter 1.8mm
wing: yellow, red and brown bucktail with a few stands of Krystal Flash

For more information, see Gray's Needle Tubes


Step 1 - Place needle tube in tube fly vice and wind a short bed of black tying thread.

Ruddy Buck Tube Fly - step 1


Step 2 - Tie in a bunch of yellow hair on top of the tube.

Ruddy Buck Tube Fly - step 2


Step 3 - Rotate the vice head 180 degrees and tie in a bunch of yellow bucktail on the opposite side to the first.

Ruddy Buck Tube Fly - step 3


Step 4 - Tie in a few strands of Krystal Flash.

Ruddy Buck Tube Fly - step 4


Step 5 -Tie in a bunch of red bucktail top and bottom over the yellow bucktail.

Ruddy Buck Tube Fly - step 5


Step 6 - Tie in a bunch of brown bucktail top and bottom over the red bucktail, form a neat head and apply two coats of Cellire No. 1 varnish.

Ruddy Buck Tube Fly - step 6

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The Ruddy Buck Tube Fly

Ruddy Buck Tube Fly



The Ruddy Buck Needle Tube Fly with treble hook

Ruddy Buck Tube Fly


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