Steve Burke's Salmon and Steelhead Fly-Tying Guide
Russian Bullet (Variant)
A Jurij (Yuri) Shumakov Fly from his Kola Collection

Russian Bullet (Variant), A Jurij (Yuri) Shumakov Fly
Name Russian Bullet (Variant)
Category Atlantic Salmon
Inner Tube Plastic, 1.5 mm in diameter
Butt Magenta SLF dubbing
BodyThree cone-heads in size S (copper)+M (copper painted with orange waterproof pen)+M (copper painted with orange waterproof pen)
Rear Hackle Hot orange cock
Wing2 strands of orange Mirage Flashabou of rear cone-head in size S; first bunch of Serebrjanka fur dyed in orange with a few strands of orange holo and silver angel hair after first cone-head in size S; second bunch of Serebrjanka fur dyed in hot orange with a few strands of orange and copper Angel hair after second cone-head in size M; third bunch of polar fox tail fur dyed in fiery orange with a few strands of red and copper Angel hair after third cone-head in size M; fourth bunch of polar fox dyed ginger; and tied as H?an Norlings "reverse" wing at front of front hackle; over the wing a few strands of fine orange mirror flash
Front HackleOne feather after another one: cock dyed in hot orange and black
CheeksJungle Cock

We continue here with the amazing Tube Fly creations from the vise of new Contributing Fly Tyer, Jurij (Yuri)Shumakov. Tube flies have been popular in Europe and Scandinavia for quite some time, but have not gained a significant foothold in North America. You can see more of Yuri's flies at The Flies of Jurij (Yuri)Shumakov.

YURI'S NOTES: This type of fly is not a universal medicine, but just a part of my ammunition. I use this fly for the fourth season. Mostly for deep presentation of fly or on stretches with a very fast current like throat of pool after noticeable ripple zone or waterfall, as well as for quick presentation on very restricted and deep fish lies where fly works just a couple of seconds. Since I fish salmon only with double handed rod, there is no problem to operate with such "mother of bombs". For those who are used to fishing with heavy stuff loaded on single handed rod it will be acceptable too. Tying this fly is tricky, but just at the beginning. Most important is to use a fine a tying thread as possible and not extend the wing section materials long out from place of attachment. When you look for cone heads remember that not all of them are suitable for this type of fly. Shallow cone heads can not be used for the fly tying.

For information about the tubes Yuri uses to tie his flies and for more of his patterns, read his article in the Rackelhanen Flyfishing Magazine.