Spring on Höje
Presented by Jurij
|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
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.
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.
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,
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