Wee Monkey Salmon Tube Flies

Needle Tubes and Tube Flies

A selection of Wee Monkeys dressed on Gray's Needle Tubes

by John Gray

Wee Monkey Salmon Tubes

Selection of Wee Monkeys


The Monkey salmon tube fly has gained popularity in recent years on Scottish salmon fishing rivers. Originally dressed using monkey hair, this tube fly has caught the imagination of salmon fishers and fly tyers and has spawned numerous variants, such as those illustrated below. The salmon tube flies shown here have been dressed, using Arctic fox hair, on ultra slim stainless steel needle tubes, made in Scotland by Grays of Kilsyth. The needle tubes offer an alternative to the conventional salmon fly tying tubes, allowing the fly dresser to create a range of tube flies of varying length and weight, a bit heavier than the conventional plastic and aluminium tubes , yet lighter, and slimmer, than the traditional brass and copper tube flies.


Wee Monkey Salmon Tube Fly - Yellow

Wee Monkey Salmon Tube Flies



Tube: 15 mm Gray's needle tube

Hackle: Cock hackle about 2cms long

Underwing: short bunch of Arctic fox hair about 3 cms long

Wing: Longer Arctic fox hair (about 5-6 cms) with a few stands of Krystal Flash under


Wee Monkey Salmon Tube Fly - Green

Wee Monkey Salmon Fly - Green


Wee Monkey Salmon Tube Fly - Orange

Wee Monkey Needle Tube Fly - Orange


Wee Monkey Salmon Tube Fly - Dee

Wee Monkey Tube Fly - Dee Sheep


Wee Monkey Salmon Tube Fly - Blue

Wee Monkey Salmon Tube Fly - Blue


Wee Monkey Salmon Tube Fly - Pink

Wee Monkey - Pink


See also How to make a knot guard (or swing tube) for a Free Swinging Tube Fly Hook


For more information on Grays Needle Tubes, see Trout and Salmon Flies

Book - Sea Trout Nights


 Salmon Spinhead


HMH Tube Fly Tool



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 Slim stainless steel salmon and sea trout flies





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