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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 , an example of which is shown to the right.

 
Grays Needle Tube Flies

see also Gray's Needle Tube Flies

 

 

Needle Flies

 

Needle Flies

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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.


Tying the Needle Fly

THE NEEDLE FLY KIT is supplied complete with the following components and instructions:

MATERIALS

The following components are included in the kit:

One plastic fly box

Twelve assorted needles

One length of strong monofilament nylon (for needle loop)

Twelve assorted treble hooks

Three lengths of PVC tubing (for treble hook sleeve)

Two sample Needle Flies tied by John Gray

Instructions


   Instructions - How to make a Needle Fly

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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).

 

  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.

 

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

 

  1. 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. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 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 - attaching Needle Fly
 
STEP 2
STEP 2 - attaching Needle Fly
 
 

SAFETY

Fishing hooks and needles may cause injury.

The construction of the Needle Fly, as in all fly tying, involves the risk of minor injuries from hook and needle points etc. It is essential that you wear a safe and effective form of eye protection, such as safety glasses, when handling and using needles and hooks, 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.

 
Needle Fly - step 1
Needle Fly - step 2
Needle Fly - step 3
Needle Fly - step 4
Needle Fly - step 5
Needle Fly - step 6
Needle Fly - step 7
Needle Fly - step 8
Needle Fly - step 9
Needle Fly - step 10

The Needle Fly attached and ready to fish

The Needle Fly 

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