Salmon Shrimps

Needle Tubes and Tube Flies

Simple shrimp flies for spate stream salmon fishing

by John Gray

Shown below are a few salmon shrimp flies. Dressed simply on single hooks, they are intended for salmon spate streams, to be fished singly or as a cast of two. Flies dressed on single hooks are useful as dropper flies, fished in conjunction with another single or perhaps a heavier tube fly on the tail.


The Magus

 The Magus Shrimp Single


hook: Drennan Starpoint Specimen hook, size 6
tail: Indian cock feather, dyed claret
body: bare black nickel hook
hackles: three hackles - fluorescent pink under magenta under black


The Harvest Shrimp

The Harvest Shrimp Single


hook: Drennan Starpoint Specimen hook, size 6
tail: Indian cock feather, dyed claret
body: bare black nickel hook
hackles: two hackles - fluorescent orange under dark hot orange


The above flies have been dressed on Drennan Starpoint specimen hooks ... and interesting design, intended to give more efficient and secure hooking, as described on the hook packet shown below.

Drennan Starpoint Specimen Hook



More Spate Stream Salmon Shrimps

Spate Stream Salmon Shrimps

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These patterns, one on a single as illustrated and the other dressed on a needle tube, accounted for two September grilse from the Nairn Angling Association water of the River Nairn soon after being tied....


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A September grilse from the River Nairn

One on the Harvest Shrimp


A Grilse from the Nairn A.A. water

One on a Magus Needle Tube Fly


Nairn Angling Association water at Dalcross

River Nairn at Dalcross




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