A Jurij (Yuri) Shumakov Fly from his Pacific Salmon Series
Category: Pacific Salmon
Tube: Eppendorf plastic lab tippet
Tail: Fluorescent green floss
Body: Rear half: dyed over pearl "metallic purple" gift tape; Front half: mix 1:1 of UV Black ice dub and purple Ultra Holographic dubbing
Rib: Front half: Lagartun oval french "pearl peacock" poly-tinsel, small
Body Hackle: Front half: black cock
Wing: Lilac 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 Hackle: Cock dyed in black
The amazing tube fly creations from the vise of Contributing Fly Tyer, the late Jurij (Yuri) Shumakov were an exciting feature for Salmonfly.Net, but were tempered by his unexpected death in 2006. The notes about this fly, that you see below, were written before his death.
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.
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. 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.
You can see more of Yuri's flies an read more about Yuri on his page on this site, Jurij (Yuri) Shumakov Flies.