Trout and Salmon Flies
Grays Needle Tubes HMH Tube Fly Tool Blackback Salmon Tubes Scottish Shrimp Salmon Flies Spey Shrimp Salmon Tubes Sea Trout Needle Tubes Wee Monkeys Salmon Minitubes Irish Shrimps Trout Flies Scottish Salmon Flies

Online Shop

Using the Needle Fly Kit

 Making Salmon and Sea Trout Needle Flies

NOTE: This kit is for making Needle Flies (i.e. flies dressed on sewing needles) NOT Needle Tube Flies

The Needle Fly was devised in the late nineteen nineties and precedes the more recently developed Needle Tube Flies , examples of which is shown to the right.

NEEDLE FLIES

Needle Flies

Needle Flies for Salmon, Steelhead and Sea Trout

For full details of our kit components, see: Needle Flies

Instructions

Instructions for use with the Needle Fly Kit, now available in our online shop.  

This kit has been put together for those who would like to tie their own Needle Flies but might find some of the components ( such as PVC tubing) not readily available. The kit does not include fly tying tools, thread or materials. To complete the Needle Fly, in addition to the components supplied, you will need standard fly tying tools, thread, varnish and dressing materials such as squirrel hair.

This kit should be purchased and handled only by adults with some experience of fly tying.

SAFETY

Fishing hooks and needles may cause injury.

It is strongly recommended that the materials in this kit should be purchased and handled only by adults with some experience of fly tying. Please handle needles and hooks very carefully and keep out of reach of children. The construction of the Needle Fly, as in all fly tying, involves the risk of minor injuries from hook and needle points etc.

Take all sensible precautions while handling the materials in this kit. It is essential that you wear a safe and effective form of eye protection, such as safety glasses, when handling and using the needles and hooks in this kit, as needles and some hooks are brittle and may break when bent. It is also important to wear effective head and eye protection when fly fishing.

Instructions - How to make a Needle Fly

Select a needle and fit in fly tying vice so that around two to three centimetres of the pointed end of the needle is exposed to the right of the vice (if right handed). Be careful when handling the needles as they are brittle and may break when bent.

At one centimetre from the point, apply a tight wrapping of fine tying thread no more than 2 millimetres in length. This wrapping forms the needle “stop” and should be just thick enough to prevent the needle slipping through the PVC sleeve on the treble hook while fishing. Apply two coats of varnish to the thread stop (allow to dry between coats).

 Needle Fly - step 1

Remove the needle from the vice, turn it and fit with the eye to the right, allowing enough room to work on the dressing. Be careful not to damage the thread stop, which should now be to the left of the vice jaws.

Lay a bed of tying thread, around half a centimetre long, behind the eye of the needle.

Needle Fly - step 2

Take a length of strong nylon monofilament and form a loop in the end. Lay this loop, pointing forward, over the bed of tying thread and continue with enough firm turns of thread to secure the loop.  

Needle Fly - step 3

Cut off the excess ends of the monofilament and cover the ends with tying thread to give a smooth, level bed for applying the dressing of your choice. The loop should be large enough to allow a leader of around twelve pound breaking strain to be easily threaded through it. Apply a coat of thin varnish to the whipping.

Needle Fly - step 4

 The needle can now be dressed in any way you wish. I generally prefer a fairly sparse dressing of hair, usually squirrel or Arctic fox, extending to the point of the needle, with a strand or two of Crystal Hair. I leave the silver shank of the needle bare.

Needle Fly - step 6

Needle Fly - step 7

Needle Fly - step 8

Needle Fly - step 9

Select a treble hook and PVC tubing of appropriate size (the thicker PVC tubing, bore 1.5mm, is better for the larger treble hooks, size 10 or 8; thinner PVC tubing with a bore of 1.0mm is better for fine wire treble hooks size 14 and 12). Cut a short length of PVC and carefully slide it over the eye and on to the shank of the treble hook, leaving the eye of the hook clear.

Needle Fly - step 10

 

Attaching the Needle Fly

STEP 1 - Thread the line through the "eye" of the Needle fly and attach one of the specially adapted treble hooks.  

STEP 2 - Carefully push the point of the needle into the plastic sleeve on the treble hook until the plastic stop on the needle touches the sleeve.

Step 1

STEP 1 - attaching Needle Fly

 

Step 2

STEP 2 - attaching Needle Fly

It is important to wear effective head and eye protection when fly fishing.  

Attached Needle Fly

Needle Fly

Click on the above image to enlarge

Details of the needle fly were first published in the article, "Needles for Sewin", by John Gray, Trout & Salmon magazine, September 1999

 

******    NEW FOR THE SALMON AND SEA TROUT FLY TYER    ******

GRAY'S NEEDLE TUBES

Fly Tying Needle Tubes

 

fine stainless steel tubes with an outside diameter of only 1.5 mm

the thinnest metal fly tying tubes available online

More from Grays of Kilsyth

Illustrated below are some of the needle tubes and tube flies; trout, salmon and sea trout flies; spinheads; fly tying accessories, some of them unique and available online only from Grays of Kilsyth, e.g. our ultra-slim stainless steel fly tying Needle Tubes and Needle Tube Flies. 

Gray's Needle Tubes

Needle Tubes

Fine stainless steel fly tying tubes in a range of lengths with diameters as low as 1.5 mm

1.5mm Diameter Needle Tubes

1.8mm Diameter Needle Tubes

HMH Tube Fly Adaptor

HMH Tube Fly Tool

The superb HMH Tube Fly Adapter is now available in our online shop at £24.95 with four free sample Needle Tubes and free worldwide delivery.

   
Sea Trout Needle Tube Flies

Sea Trout Tube Flies

A boxed selection of one dozen sea trout needle tube flies in 25mm and 35 mm lengths.

Scottish Shrimp Salmon Tube Flies

Scottish Shrimp Tube Flies

A selection of Scottish Shrimp fly patterns dressed on 10mm Grays Needle Tubes.

   
Spey Shrimp Needle Tube Flies

Spey Shrimp Flies

One dozen Spey Shrimp Tube flies dress on 1.8mm diameter needle tubes.

Minitube Salmon Flies

Salmon Minitubes

A selection of twelve salmon minitube flies dressed on 10mm long needle tubes.

   
Wee Monkey Needle Tube Flies

Wee Monkey Salmon Tubes

A selection of 12 Wee Monkey Salmon Tube Flies in a range of popular colours.

Irish Shrimp Salmon Tube Flies

Irish Shrimp Tube Flies

A boxed selection of Irish Shrimp salmon patterns dressed on Gras Needle Tubes.

   
Blackback Salmon Needle Tubes

Blackback Tubes

A box of ten Blackback Salmon needle tube flies

Ally's Shrimps and Cascades

Ally's SAhrimps and Cascades

A selection of twenty Ally's Shrimps and Cascade Salmon Doubles

   
Sea Trout Fly Singles

Sea Trout Flies

A box of forty sea trout single flies in sizes 10 and 8.

Flamethrower Salmon Flies

Flamethrowers - Salmon Fly Doubles

A selection of one dozen Flamethrower Salmon Flies from Fulling Mill.

   
Modern Salmon Fly Doubles

Modern Salmon Flies

A box of twenty modern salmon doubles from the Fulling Mill collection.

Traditional Scottish Doubles

Traditional Scottish Salmon Flies

A boxed selection of twenty famous traditional salmon doubles from Fulling Mill.

   
Trout Wet Flies

Scottish Loch Flies

A boxed selection of fifty famous traditional Scottish wet flies for loch and river.

Trout Lures

Trout Lures and Streamers

A selection of trout lures and streamers, popular for rainbow trout fisheries.

   
Trout Nymphs

Trout Nymphs

A boxed selection of forty trout nymphs for stillwater or stream.

Trout Dry Flies

Trout Dry Flies

A box of forty famous British Dry Flies in a variety of sizes.

   
Tube Fly Extension Tubing

Tube Fly Extension Tubing

PVC and silicone tube fly extension tubing an a range of diameters and colours.

Spinheads

Spinheads

The Spinhead is an entirely new spinning device, a kind of fly spoon, designed and developed by Grays of Kilsyth primarily for the salmon fly fisherman who prefers the fly rod to the spinning rod.

   

All of the above needle tubes, flies, fly tying and related accessories are available from Grays of Kilsyth online with free worldwide shipping

SHOP ONLINE

 

Quick Product Links

1.5mm Needle Tubes
1.8mm Needle Tubes
HMH Tube Fly Adaptor
Scottish Shrimp Tubes
Spey Shrimp Tubes
Wee Monkeys
Minitubes
Blackbacks
Irish Shrimps
Sea Trout Tubes
Traditional Doubles
Flamethrowers
Modern Doubles
Ally's Shrimps
Sea Trout Flies
Trout Flies
Trout Dry Flies
Trout Nymphs
Trout Lures
Extension Tubing
Needle Fly Kit
Spinheads

Our Needle Tubes and boxed selections of trout, sea trout and salmon flies are available in our online fly shop with free worldwide delivery.

All online payments are processed by the trusted Worldpay payment system, the safest way to shop on the internet. You can be sure that your personal and credit card details will remain strictly confidential and secure. We normally dispatch all orders within 24 hours of receipt of your order, by first class post within the UK (which often means next day delivery for orders placed early in the day) and by airmail to international destinations.

Read comments from our customers

 

Related Web Pages

Trout and Salmon Flies

Grays Online Fly Shop

Fishing Bookshop

Fly Tying Tubes

Gray's Needle Tubes

The Tube Fly Shop

Salmon Flies

Tube Flies

Salmon Fly Hooks

Trout Flies

Trout & Salmon Fishing

Sea Trout Fishing

Sea Trout Flies

Fishing Knots

Salmon Recipes

fishing TV

BUY ONLINE

Acceptance Mark

free worldwide shipping

 

Home ] salmon flies ] seatrout tube flies ] sea trout flies ] trout flies ] spinhead ] fly tying tubes ] tube fly tubing ] needle flies ] sidelines ] Fly Fishing ] places to fish ] fishing photos ] tube flies ] trout & salmon flies ] fishing knots ] salmon recipes ] fishing books ] tight lines ] fly fishing links ] fly fishing news ] order ] testimonials ] contact ] sitemap ] privacy ]

 

trout & salmon flies