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Needle Flies have now been replaced by Needle Tubes

A Needle Fly Tying Kit


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 for Sea trout, Salmon and Steelhead

The Needle Fly was devised by John Gray, as a slim and lightweight alternative to tube flies and Waddingtons, for late night sea trout fishing on the River Earn in Perthshire. It also proved effective for salmon. For those who would like to make their own Needle Flies, a Kit is 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. It does not include fly tying tools or standard fly tying materials. This kit should be purchased and handled only by adults with some experience of fly tying.

Included in the kit are two Needle Flies tied by John Gray.

PRICE 19.99

with free UK delivery on all orders over 60

Needle Fly Kit Contents

The kit does not include fly tying tools, thread or materials. To complete the Needle Fly, in addition to the components listed below, you will need standard fly tying tools, thread, varnish and dressing materials such as squirrel hair. Included in the kit are the following components:

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 sleeves)


2 sample Needle Flies tied by John Gray

For illustrated instructions on tying the Needle Fly, see:

Using the needle Fly Kit



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.


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




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 39.99 with four free sample Needle Tubes.

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.

Blackback Salmon Needle Tubes

Blackback Tubes

A box of ten Blackback Salmon needle tube flies

Traditional Scottish Doubles

Traditional Scottish Salmon Flies

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



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.

Sea Trout Fly Singles

Sea Trout Flies

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

Trout Wet Flies

Scottish Loch Flies

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

Trout Dry Flies

Trout Dry Flies

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





All of the above needle tubes, flies, fly tying and related accessories are available from Grays of Kilsyth online with free UK shipping on orders over 60




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Our Needle Tubes and boxed selections of trout, sea trout and salmon flies are available in our online fly shop with free UK delivery on all orders over 60.

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