(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.