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A Jurij (Yuri) Shumakov Fly from his Pacific Salmon Series

Purple Stranger, A Jurij (Yuri) Shumakov Fly

Name Purple Stranger
Category Pacific Salmon
Tube Eppendorf plastic lab tippet
TailFluorescent green floss
BodyRear half: dyed over pearl "metallic purple" gift tape; Front half: mix 1:1 of UV Black ice dub and purple Ultra Holographic dubbing
RibFront half: Lagartun oval french "pearl peacock" poly-tinsel, small
Body HackleFront half: black cock
WingLilac Mirage flashabou, small bunch of polar bear fur died in purple, magenta, purple and silver holo Angel hair; bunch of naturally white polar fox tail fur; over the wing fine purple ripple flash
Front HackleCock dyed in black

This amazing fly is a creation from the vise of 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. Fortunately for us, Yuri has had the opportunity to fish his flies for Pacific salmon and they have proven quite successful. You can see more of Yuri's flies at The Flies of Jurij (Yuri)Shumakov.

YURI'S NOTES: The fly was transformed from one of the Steelhead patterns, which has been kindly provided by tier Tanya Rooney from Portland, Oregon. The fly had the same results with Silver Salmon that I had with the Violetly Happy (which see). It worked best on sinking lines. Use of strong material "dyed over pearl metallic purple gift tape" prolongs the life of the fly after it meets the sharp teeth of Silvers. It is quite interesting, but Silver Salmon males from Kolpakova river prefer this fly to many other patterns. This fly in combination with fish egg imitation at front of fly showed very good results for Dolly Varden and Rainbows as well. It worked best on sink lines.

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.

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