I spoke recently with Markus Hietala who posted this fly in the facebook group for monkey hairwing flies and asked if i could post this fly on the blog here, and lucky for us, he agreed.
Markus says; "It doesn't have name yet. I just get idea for the fly on yesterday. But I sure do have expectations and hope it will give me some success on next summer".
I think the strongly brushed white dubbing with orange and shades of metal gives the fly a great contrast against the black wing with strong silhoutte"
I believe in this fly, and i also believe you will have succes with this in the summer. Tight lines!
Tube: 1” aluminum tube.
Butt/Hitmark: Hot orange yarn, ensured with glue.
Body: 1/3 of body Holo tinsel and 2/3 of body with super bright white dubbing
Rib: soft wire copper
Hackle: hot orange cock
Underwing: orange polar bear
Throat: Black soft hackle
Upper wing: Four times colobus monkey with some flashabou.
Cheeck: Jungle Cock
This Monkey fly is created by Sami Markus and we are happy to be able to share this with you all. Thank you, Sami for sharing “The Markus Monkey” with us. Below you will find the tying description and recipe.
Sami says the tube is 1-inch copper with clear inner tube. Hit mark (butt) is hot orange yarn, ensured with glue. I use copper tube as body, but I make ball from SSS phatakorva bronce dubbing to raise the wing and hackle up. The wings are built from four sections, pink artic fox, two purple temple dog and obvioulsly the Colobus Monkey hair on top. First hackle after dubbing is a pink soft hackle and the second hackle between the two temple dog wings, is purple Guinea fowl. Also, there is the SSS Alta gold flash between the two temple dog wings. Peacock herl on top of everything and jungle cock to side of fly.
The Markus Monkey recipe:
Tube: 1-inch copper with plastic inner tube.
Butt: Hot orange yarn, ensured with glue.
Body: 2/3 cobber tube, 1/3 SSS Phatakorva copper dubbing. Dubbing is made as a big ball to raise the hackle and wing up.
First hackle: Pink soft hackle.
First wing: Pink arctic fox.
Second hackle: Purple Guinea Fowl.
Second wing: Purple Temple Dog.
Flash: SSS Alta gold.
Third wing: Purple temple dog.
Fourth wing: Colobus Monkey hair.
Top: Peacock herl.
Cheeks: Jungle cock.
What months are best for catching the most prized Atlantic Salmon - a Springer Salmon?
As the title “Spring Salmon” or “springer” in common, we would suggest the spring months of March, April and May. And although we fish and catch nice fresh springers in the months of January and February, it's not until March that it really picks up.
There are many good February days, particularly on the River Dee – but even here the bulk of fish, the beginning of the main run does not appear until the end of March through April, peaking in the end of May and then tailing off through June. This is a general thump rule on most Scottish rivers.
So how about catching a springer?
There are many opinions about how to do this this, almost as many as there are Salmon fishermen. Here are some ideas you can have in mind.
Let’s assume that the water is cold and high In March and April. The fish will normally not run very fast in this condition and when it enters a pool, it will most likely be in the bottom half of the water column. So, it would be very nice to know the depth of the pool you are fishing and then adapt your fly and choice of line to this.
Let us assume you are fishing a pool that is 6 feet deep, then the fish would be likely to lie 3 feet or one meter from the surface.
We suggest you start with a nice Dee Monkey fly
tied on an aluminum or perhaps a cobber tube depending
on the speed of the water. If its not fast use the alu tube,
If faster use the heavier cobber tube.
Don’t be afraid to use a fly with some size on it 8 cm or more.
Read more about the Dee Monkey fly here!
You can find the step-by step guide to tie the Dee Monkey fly
If you have seen some new fish entering a pool and nothing happens the first time you fish thru the pool, change the depth and experiment by increasing the speed of the fly and try to fish closer to the bottom the second time thru the pool. Depth and speed are crucial to success. Remember to wade safe this time of year, you don’t want to take a swim. If not something worse happens, it will certainly ruin your fishing for most of the day.
Middle Blackhall on River Dee is a big fish beat. Here is Lars Terkildsen with a 26 lb Springer!
(above, Sunray Shadow fly and photo by Jonas Erbs)
The idea behind this fly is, that its tied to be fished in the suldals gate (Suldals river in Norway). Here the water is crystal clear, ice cold and also regulated to water magazines in the system. All the stones etc. in the river has a greenish shine, so many flies fished here, has a greenish twist to them. Especially the Sunray Shadow is a must in the fly box up here.
Jonas says, "Since I'm a fan of the polar bear/monkey hair combination, it was obvious to tie a good bunch this year going to suldals in late September".
Here is how Jonas ties his Suldal Sunray Shadow:
So I took a piece of 3 mm clear tube (future fly) of 5 cm.
On the body there is a tiny piece of opal tinsel.
The greenish underwing is the home-colored polar bear i made, so the color should match the Suldal´s river's stones.
Then there is a beam of pastry flash in olive on each side.
Then a nice long overlap in a 15 cm monkey hair wing.
Completed with junglecock on each side.
The head is first painted 3 times with clear lacquer. Then lacquered twice with black lacquer and finished with several layers of clear lacquer.
The painting itself takes about 3 days to make sure it hardens well!
When the head has completely hardened, I take my skin knife and cut my head in the middle so it will be nice and short. in the end i add some superglue just to secure the thread where i cut the head.
After a lot of looking and consideration, we have finally chosen this fly made by Jose Heinänen
Jose has tied a very modern fly but still with clear references to the classic fly tying. The proportions are perfectly displaying how to make a well balanced hairwing with monkey hair. You can just Imagine the beautiful swing this monkey hairwing wil make in the water. The long jungle cock and the neat wonderfull body work, with references to the classic fly tying is perfect, and the color combination is extreemely nice for "Salmon weather". The overall proportions of the fly is very fine and makes this fly a very likely "first choice" from the fly box!
Thank you all for your fine contributions. We hope you had fun tying and seeing all the flies in the challenge. Soon we will post a step by step description of Jose's fly with photos and recipe.
Thanks to Art Merk for sponsoring the nice fly wallets. Please check out his nice work here: https://www.facebook.com/artmerkartworks/
Here is an update on the Monkey Challenge, showing you all the 24 contributions from the Monkey Fly Tying facebook group. All are wonderfull and great looking monkey flies. Now we are going choose one fly.
Thank you all for the nice contributions. You have all made really nice flies, that serves as great inspiration to fly tyers around the world!
The winner will recieve two fly wallets from Art Merch and a very nice piece of monkey hair from the web shop
Here is an update on the Monkey Challenge, showing you the contributions from the Monkey Fly Tying facebook group so far in the photos above. We already recieved a lot of great contributions. So many great monkey flies. We hope you will find inspiration in these flies and post your own best take on a monkey fly. Remember the challenge goes on til end of may 2018. You can read all about the challenge and the prizes here! Tight lines!
Show us your best monkey fly and win nice prices. (photo and flies for inspiration by: Ismo Lintula)
We challenge you to tie and show your favorite Monkey Fly.
Show us your best version of a Dee Monkey, Sunray Shadow, Samurai or a free-style fly of your choice.
The Prizes are:
One super deluxe top-grade piece of monkey hair from yours truly.
Two hand made leather wallets from Art Merk.
The prize value is more than Euro 400,-
The Challenge runs from 16 April til may 31.
We will select only one fly from all contributions.
We are looking for a fly that compliments the monkey hair in the best way possible.
Rules are simple:
You must post the fly in the Monkey fly tying group with a note in the post saying very clearly: Monkey Fly Challenge.
In short - post your flies here in this group: The Monkey Fly group and write MONKEY CHALLENGE in the post. Thats it and you are in :)
If your fly is selected and to qualify, you must agree to write down the recipe and make a step by step tying guide with reasonable good photos on how to tie the fly.
You will find the Monkey Fly group here!
We are proud to present art merc as a sponser. Below you see some of his hand made leather wallets and a nice piece of monkey hair.
This is the “Rusty Monkey”. A Phatagorva variant tied by Simo Rytsy from Kälviä in Finland.
Simo likes to fish the Rusty Monkey in the northern rivers of Norway when the water is up and a little bit dark. Especially in the early mornings. Simo fishes the rivers, Beiarelva and Saltdalselva in Norway with this fly.
Every month we pick a fly from members post in the group: Monkey Fly Tying. The fly is featured here in the blog and the tyer allso recieves a free piece of monkey hair as recognition of the work.
The "Rusty Moneky" Recipe:
1" copper tube with veevus holo tinsel rusty brown on it.
First layer: Orange polar bear.
Second layer: Orange temple dog.
Hackle: Orange cock
Small abount of tinsel flash.
Top wing and finish:
Three layers of monkey hair.
Two more layers of monkey.
(A couple of "Rusty Monkeys")
The River, Saltdalselva runs in the northern part of Norway and has around 65 km of salmon fishing waters. Salmon fly fishers from England has been fishing here since the middle of the 18,th century. They came and fished from june til August every year. Salmon up til 20 kilos was not unusual. You can find more info about this river and the fishing here.
(Photo above; Per Stadigh's fly, "The Swedish Poacher" was featured earlier this year.) Read more about this killer here.
Every month we pick a fly from members post in the group, Monkey Fly Tying. The fly is featured here on the blog and the fly tyer also receives a free piece of monkey hair as recognition of the work. To qualify for this, you must be able to deliver the recipe/tying description, a couple of fairly good pictures and a few words about the fly.
You are welcome to join the group and post your take on a Monkey fly. If your fly is chosen we will contack you on facebook messenger.
You will find the Monkey Fly Tying group here!
Happy fly tying – tight lines!
(photo below; Monkey fly of the month february 2018 the” kaninkuopan Monkey” tied by Joakim Storbacka)