Swedish version

Spring on Höje

Presented by Jurij Shumakov


Spring on Höje
Originator: Jurij Shumakov
Body: Rear half: pearl tube, front half: sea green angel hair dubbing.
Body hackle: Fairy orange cock hackle.
Wing: In following order: 2-4 strands of holographic tinsel, fairy red polar fox, red and orange ripple flash, dark red polar fox, 2 strands of pearl flashabou on top.
Head: Red varnish
Spring of Höje
The "True man hook should be set in quite strong tubing.
First choice for February and March fishing on my small home brook Höjeå. Works very well on rivers Nybroån and Tommarpån in the south of Skåne, Sweden.

This fly is influenced by Mikael Frödins variant of the "Patha" fly.


"True man" hook

Since 4 year ago I use a type of balance ("True man" hook) placed on a single hook on my own tube flies (very light tube should be used, plastic). especially for winter and early spring sea trout fishing in stereams when one often catch weak, dark winter sea trout. This type of balance gives me the possiblity to fish very deep without get stuck in the the bottom. Also this fly will be very stable in the water and only waggle gently from side to side. If one look at the downside of the fly, the siloutte reminds of a shrimp. I also use red and golden lead beads for balancing other coloured tube flies.

"True Man" hook
To see in use on a tube fly see the photo of the fly "Spring on Höje" on top of this page. Hook MUST be set in quite strong tubing by hook point up, not down
Any short shank single with tied V-formed monofilament line (approx. 0.25-0.30 mm) right behind eye, carrying two small lead beads on their ends. Option: eyes can be dyed red or black and used to contrast colour of wings. I discovered this type of balance some 4 years ago as an alternative to heavy tubes for early spring fishing for sea trout in such small rivers in Skåne as river Nybroån, were only singles are permitted. Another reason of using singles is to avoid to damage weak, played off winter seatrout. The funny name came from a friend of mine, but I found it well heard. It is well known that light flies on fast sinking line works better than heavy ones on slow sinking. At least for me it was two major reasons of using "True man": first, it gives me the opportunity to fish with a single hook on light plastic tubes and, secondly, to fish really deep, without hooking the bottom. In addition, if you look on the fly from bottom side you will find it looks like a shrimp. Hook MUST be set in quite strong tubing by hook point up, not down. All plastic tube flies with this system are very stable, even in hard current and what maybe given in additional attractively to them, they slightly wobble and look really lifelike. If hook lost the "ball" it is easy to replace it with spare beads or whole hook, which I usually have with me in stock. It can be useful for those fly fishermen who likes tube flies to try for salmon and sea trout on rivers under "Catch & Release" rules in other salmon countries.

© Text, Jurij Shumakov, 2000


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