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The Tingler

The Tingler Sea Trout Fly

The Tingler is simply a needle tube fly armed with a lightly dressed single hook, as in the example above. It is intended primarily for sea trout at night but the principle and dressing may be adapted for any predatory fish. I think that a sparsely dressed tube, combined with the flared dressing on the single tail hook, creates a very fishy impression in the water.

Over the years I have tended to arm my tube flies with trebles. I am not sure why .... probably a mix of tradition and the feeling that a treble may hook and hold a fish more securely than a single hook. My experience, however, has not really borne out this idea. Indeed, I suspect that, if anything, I have lost more sea trout hooked on small trebles than on singles. The use of a single hook on a tube fly may offer the following advantages:

1. With the growing awareness of the need to conserve fragile sea trout stocks, the single hook makes it easier to release fish quickly and without harm.

2. The use of a long shank, straight-eyed single hook, either dressed or undressed, allows the length of the lure to be extended without increasing the weight.

3. The use of a lighter single at the tail end of the tube allows the lure to swim, possibly more attractively, on a more even keel, with the bulk of the weight towards the front of the lure. In addition, a shorter and therefore lighter tube may be used (where a weighty lure is not required) in conjunction with a long shank single, which may be more easily cast on a light single handed rod.

4. A variety of lightly dressed single hooks, in various materials, densities and shades, may add some mobility and vitality to the tube fly and variously dressed single hooks can be readily interchanged with various tube dressings to create a wide range of colour/shade/shape options. For example, four tubes and four dressed single hooks, all with different dressings, give a possible 16 variations of fly, 20 if we include the possible use of an undressed single hook.


The Foxy Tingler

One dressed using the hair from a Platinum Fox Mask

Foxy Tingler


A Selection of Tinglers

Sea Trout Tinglers

Dressing the Tingler

Step 1  Insert a Needle Tube in a suitable vice and lay a short bed of tying thread at the head. Here I have selected a stainless steel needle tube, length 20mm, diameter 1.5mm held in a Needle Tube Vice

Step 2  Tie in a sparse bunch of black squirrel tail (a few strands of flash may be added if desired).

Step 3  Rotate the vice through 180 degrees and tie in a second bunch of squirrel tail opposite the first.

Step 4  Trim and apply two or three coats of varnish to the head.

Step 5  Repeat the dressing on a suitable single hook, taking care to leave a length of the hook undressed at the front to insert into the silicone sleeve on the rear of the tube fly. I have used here a Partridge Saltwater Perfect hook, size 8.

Tingler Sea Trout Fly


Tying the Tingler

Tying the Tingler - 1
Tying the Tingler Sea Trout Fly - 2
Tying the Tingler - 3
Tying the Tingler - 4
Tying the Tingler Fly - 5

The Tingler

The Tingler Fly

The Blue Tingler

The Blue Tingler Fly

The Red Tingler

The Red Tingler Fly

The Bluetail Tingler

The Tingler Fly with Blue Tail

Tingler Tails


The tube fly may now be armed with a dressed single hook of choice. The lure illustrated is a very simple tube fly, two inches long, dressed with nothing more than black squirrel hair on both tube and hook, possibly as effective as anything for sea trout at night. Various colours can, of course, be used, in addition to various flashy materials but it should be remembered that sea trout cannot see colour at night any more than we can. Colours will be seen merely as shades of grey. The use of colour in our night flies can, I dare say, do no harm, and may offer some advantage in creating a degree of contrast and variation in tone in a lure, which may provoke a response from the fish and, if creating colourful night flies gives us as anglers a bit of confidence, and provides some distraction and purpose to us as fly tyers over the long winter months, then why not!

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