HKA Sunray/Bismo

Published Jan 1st 2012

Get into one of the most effective tube flies the


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This fly is without doubt one of the best catching flies on the bigger rivers in Iceland!

My friend and the inventor of the fly, Henrik Kassow Andersen and I fished this fly a lot since 2004 and the results have been amazing. It was so effective that one stubborn guide made an identical copy of the HKA Sunray and gave it a new name, the Bismo, back in 2009. of the best catching flies on the bigger rivers in Iceland!

If you look in the log books from the Rangá rivers in Iceland, you will find most of the fish are registered under Bismo now since Henrik Kassow Andersen and I don't fish or guide much there anymore. But the fly is the HKA Sunray! Henrik even made a pink version, which the stubborn guide, who won't admit that he copied the fly in the first place, also has made as his own.

The fly is pretty easy to tie but otherwise, the "right one" can be found in the shop Veiđihorniđ in Reykjavik or online on
Here I will tie it on the Pro Tube System, which means no gluing of tubes. Easy! The original fly has no weight but I'm going to add a little weight. The HKA Sunray can also be made with goat or monkey, but this is the classic version, just tied on the Pro Tube System.


HKA Sunray - Bismo
TypeTube fly
Henrik Kassow Andersen
Year of origin

TubePro Tube Flexi Tube 40/40. Black
Body weightPro Tube Flexi weight
ThreadClear nylon
BodySize M Mylar tube in pearl
UnderwingLight gray Arctic fox
OverwingBlack Arctic fox
ToppingCrystal Flash in pearl and Peacock herls
Head3D eyes and epoxy glue

Step 1 - tube - Mount the Flexi Tube on a tube needle
Step 1 - tube
Step 2 - weight - Add a Flexi Weight
Step 2 - weight
STep 3 - mylar tube - Add the Mylar Tube over the Flexi Weight. Fix in both ends
STep 3 - mylar tube
STep 4 - underwing - Add Arctic fox underwing. Notice length
STep 4 - underwing
Step 5 - flash - Add two pearl Crystal Flash on each side of the wing
Step 5 - flash
Step 6 - upper wing - The upper wing is added, black Arctic fox
Step 6 - upper wing
Step 7 - herl - Four Peacock herls are added on top of the wing
Step 7 - herl
Step 8 - eyes and head - Attach the 3D eyes and make a head of epoxy
Step 8 - eyes and head
Step 9 - done - Cut the tube, melt the ends and go fishing...
Step 9 - done


Icelandic waters

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User comments
From: Renato Bugelli · renatobugelli·at·  Link
Submitted April 20th 2012

Very nice and easy, I'll try this fly on Norwegian salmon in a couple of months!!!

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