Published Oct 24. 2017 - 6 years ago


Hair winged tube fly, inspired by the late Hugh Falkus' fantastic Sunk Lure. It is a sparsely dressed fly, with no bells and whistles. Just a totally basic tube fly, but the disc adds a lot of turbulence and give life and motion to the soft fox hair.
True to the spirit of Mr Falkus, this fly is an easy tie and a solid workhorse on the river.

Martin Joergensen


This tube fly is great. I'm...

This tube fly is great. I'm going to tye tube flies.....

Hook position...

The problem with this design is that the hook won’t extentend far enough. It s very likely the fish will attack from the rear and won’t get hooked. Why not just tie a weighted Sunray Shadow using the same material and colors?

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Sunray Shadow...


A classic Sunray Shadow has an even longer wing and a hook placed in the absolute front. Some Sunrays are 20-25 centimeters or 4-5 inches long! Still the "short hook, long wing" flies have worked well for ages, and personally I think the fear of "tail nibbling" is vastly exaggerated. Most fish seem to attack with vigor, swallow most of almost any fly and even go for the front of the fly as they charge.

The Sunray Shadow can be seen here:
And here's a whole article about short hooks and long wings:

The fly in the video barely qualifies as a long winged fly in my eyes, but is very much along the lines and proportions of most of the hair winged salmon flies fished here in Scandinavia.



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