A Jurij (Yuri) Shumakov Fly from his Pacific Salmon Series
Category: Pacific Salmon
Tube: Eppendorf plastic lab tippet
Tag: Holo Silver flat tinsel
Butt: Chinese red Uni-stretch
Tail: Bunch of barbs from cock feather in purple colour
Body: Roman Mozers ghost-fiber dubbing in deep purple colour
Rib: Flat silver holo tinsel
Wing: Lilac Mirage flashabou; small bunch of silver fox tail fur; magenta, purple and silver holo Angel hair; bunch Icelandic horse hair died in lilac over the wing a few strands of black holo flashabou
Front Hackle: Cock and guinea dyed in purple
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 took so many Silver salmon, that I lost interest fishing with it while on a fishing trip to the Kolpakova River (Kamchatka) last year. It worked best on sinking lines. Flies tied on a 1 inch plastic tube require more attention to hook size, because the hook keeps the fly in the right position for the take. Too heavy a hook may affect the silhouette of the fly while you fish with it in slow water.
You can see more of Yuri's flies an read more about Yuri on his page on this site, Jurij (Yuri) Shumakov Flies.