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The Spinhead

Turn your fly into a spinner!


patent pending

The Spinhead is an entirely new spinning device, a fishing lure, 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. The Spinhead, which can be attached to your fly or used in place of your fly, is, like a flyspoon, light enough (only 1 gram) and small enough to be cast, with care, on a salmon fly rod, when river conditions might otherwise warrant the use of the spinner. (see important safety note below). The Spinhead can also be used on a light spinning or baitcasting rod as a fishing lure for predatory species such as brown trout, rainbow trout, steelhead, sea trout, perch, pike and bass.

Now available in our  ONLINE FLY SHOP


A Selection of Spinheads



A small silver Spinhead fitted to the front of a Needle Tube Fly

The Spinhead


Safety - Important

Please note that, like a heavy tube fly, the Spinhead must be used with care and in accordance with the instructions supplied with it. The Spinhead is not the easiest thing to cast on a fly rod and must only be used as follows:

The Spinhead should be used only by accomplished fly casters. Those new to the art of fly fishing should not use the Spinhead.
The fisherman must wear effective head and eye protection (i.e. spectacles and a hat) while casting a Spinhead.
The Spinhead must not be cast using an overhead cast or any style of cast which might bring the lure too near the fisherman or his rod.
To prevent the lure coming into contact with either the rod or, more importantly, the fisherman, only a Spey cast should be used by competent Spey casters using a floating fly line (number ten or heavier) and a powerful double - handed (or Spey¯) rod. 

 Boxed Selection of Spinheads

Box of Spinheads

The Spinhead is a new type of fishing lure, a small and very light weight spinning device (only one gram), designed primarily for use on a salmon fly rod, adding flash, mobility and life to your fly. It can be attached to the front of your fly, as shown in the photographs above and below, or used on its own in place of your fly (see below). The Spinhead is now available, in boxed selections of six or twelve, in a range of attractive colours and in two sizes. The smaller size is easier to cast, while the larger size spins more efficiently. The Spinhead can also be used on a light spinning rod.


A selection of assorted Spinheads, designed, developed and made in Scotland by Grays of Kilsyth, supplied in a practical and durable plastic box. Instructions included.

Box of six Spinheads  .............. £19.99

Box of twelve Spinheads ....... £34.99



 How to Use a Spinhead

The Spinhead is an extremely versatile fishing lure. It is a small and light weight spinner, which can be used, either on a fly rod or on a light spinning rod, for many species of predatory fish. Although designed with salmon in mind, the Spinhead may be used, on appropriate equipment and taking appropriate safety precautions, for other species such as sea trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, steelhead, perch, pike, bass or mahseer.

1. Simply thread your leader through the Spinhead.

2. Tie on  a fly or hook.

3. Slide the Spinhead down over the knot securing your fly.

Spinhead fitted to the front of salmon fly double


Spinhead fitted to a salmon fly


Spinhead fitted to the front of salmon tube fly


Spinhead fitted to a salmon tube fly


Spinhead fitted with a lightly dressed double hook


Spinhead with dressed hook


Spinhead used alone with treble hook


A Spinhead with treble hook


Two Spinheads connected in tandem


Twin Spinhead


The Spinhead weighs only one gram. This is lighter than the smallest Mepps spoon (size 00) which weighs 1/18th ounce or 1.5 grams.

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For more information on the development of the Spinhead, see Spinhead article

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



Sea Trout on a Spinhead

Liddel Sea Trout

A two pound sea trout caught on a Spinhead, River Liddel


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