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

Purple Overtaker, A Jurij (Yuri) Shumakov Fly

Name Purple Overtaker
Category Pacific Salmon
Tube Eppendorf plastic lab tippet
TailFluorescent green floss
BodyMix 1:1 of UV Black ice dub and purple Ultra Holographic dubbing
RibSmall oval silver tinsel and fine flat holo red tinsel in parallel
Body HackleBlack cock
WingLilac Mirage flashabou, small bunch of polar bear fur died in purple; 4 strands magenta holo flashabou; small bunch of polar fox died deep purple; over the wing fine purple ripple flash
Front HackleGuinea dyed in violet
HeadBlack

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. This fly was tied as a so called a "halfincher" pattern. It requires a little hook. The long wing and short body saved many salmon lives, because even with a deep take, the hook still very seldom comes into contact with the gills. The same result for Silver salmon as with Violetly Happy and Purple Stranger.

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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