A ”fishy” tubefly by Martin Johansson
This fly has become one of my absolute favorites! Like many patterns, it is a combination of other patterns that I am stuck to. It started with that I became inspired by Jakob Jonasson's descriptions of his AH-tub (AH stands for Angel hair). He has caught so many great trouts with the fly.
I felt immediately when I saw the fly that it looked very "fishy", and it has proved to be all-rounder, both for salmon and trout, just as I hoped. Sometimes I tie it with shrimp eyes and a zonker strip as a wing, and then the fly becomes a variant of the Danish Munkerfly or my flyfishing friend Micke Lindström's cruel catching muddler zonkers.
When tying muddler heads, I think it is important to compensate for the buoyancy of the deer hair with some form of weight under the wing's front part. In this pattern I use cones in different colors and sizes as weight under the wing and that matches the color of the cone at the front. I belong to those who like to finish my tube flies with cones. Partly because I rarely get a nice finish on my muddlers and other tubes, and partly to balance the hook I choose. I believe hard in flies that "hover" through the water.
The body always consists of some pearl-colored dubbing. As an underwing I use white polar bear followed by Angel hair in the color Green pearl as in the original AH tube. The top layer of the wing is always black. I use zonker strips or various kind of hair.
Pick some deer hair, Angel Hair and coneheads and tie a few hovering muddler flies for next season adventures.
It's not often that salmon anglers are faced with high, warm water conditions in the latter part of the season.
I have experienced this twice now in Norway, and this situation is most common on rivers with a lake above their system that has a big enough catchment to collect localized rainfall, and or rivers that are fed via glacial melt water.