Stoat's Tail salmon Fly

Needle Tubes and Tube Flies

Step by Step tying of a Stoat's Tail

by John Gray

Stoat's Tail Salmon Fly

The Stoat's Tail Salmon Fly


In the words of Hugh Falkus, "Of all hair-wing salmon flies for late spring and summer fishing with floating line, the simple Stoat's Tail is one of the best we have." This fly has been around for a long time and has in all probability accounted for more salmon than any other fly, particularly if we take into account its many variants. Some have an orange hackle, as in the Thunder Stoat and Stinchar Stoat; some a touch of blue, as in the Sweep; others sport a tinsel body, as in the Silver Stoat and Black Brahan; the addition  of a yellow hackle gives us the Tosh. All can be relied on in a wide variety of conditions and most salmon fly boxes would contain one or two variants, according to preference and experience.


Tying a Stoat's Tail Salmon Fly Single



hook: Single, double, treble or tube

tag: Oval silver tinsel

tail: Golden pheasant crest

body: Black floss silk with medium oval tinsel rib.

wing: Stoat's Tail

hackle: Black cock hackle

head: Black thread and varnish


Step 1 - Wind a bed of thread towards the tail and tie in a few turns of oval silver tinsel

Stoat's Tail - Step 1


Step 2 - Tie in a tail of golden pheasant crest feather.

Stoat's Tail Salmon Fly - step 2


Step 3 - wind thread to starting point, tie in black floss and wind to tail and back. Overwind with oval silver tinsel.

Stoat's Tail Salmon Fly - Step 3


Step 4 - Tie in a few turns of black cock hackle.

Stoat's Tail Salmon Fly - Step 4


Step 5 - Tie in a wing of stoat's tail, form a neat head and varnish with two or three coats of Cellire No. 1

The Stoat's Tail Salmon Fly


The Stoat's Tail may be dressed on singles, doubles, trebles or tubes. Just two of the many variants are shown below, the Silver Stoat, excellent for sea trout as well as salmon, and the Tosh.


The Silver Stoat

 The Silver Stoat


The Tosh

Tosh Salmon Fly


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