A Handful of Flies from the Kola Peninsula: Part Five
May 18, 2019
The fifth post in a series of phone photos featuring the flies the author used during a week chasing Atlantic Salmon in Russia at the The Belousiha River Lodge. The beginning of the series can be found HERE
The famous Ally’s Shrimp. The lodge at camp had a selection of flies for sale. They were almost all variations on black hairwings and tubes and, among them, the bright orange shrimp stood out. I bought a number of the flies and kept asking the guides about them. They weren’t impressed and always suggested their own preferred patterns. At some point during the second half of the week, I broke off a fly and opted to try Ally’s Shrimp. It was one of the few salmon patterns I’d known before I had arrived. I’ve watched videos of Davie McPhail and Ally Gowans tying the pattern, explaining the steps in thick Scottish brogues. This particular fly was tied with too much material, especially the thick deer hair tail, a common problem with flies made in overseas factories by tiers who never actually get to fish. Even so, I caught a pair of salmon on the Shrimp, proof that a good salmon fly is a good fly anywhere.