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Russian Atlantic Fleet

A month into the Russian salmon season and the water has cleared. The rivers are smaller, the flow is still brisk. The water temperature is 8 degrees. The fish are running strongly and moving aggressively to the fly. You need a medium fly, with a bit of weight. It's now peak season and the best fly is Ally's Cascade, tied here on a small copper tube. I also tie them on plastic tubes, with metal cone or flow cone if you prefer. If you like my flies, you can follow me at

My Copper Cascades are usually 1-2 inches long. They are tied on a 1/2 - 1 inch Veniards copper tube with a tail of orange and yellow bucktail and pearl flash also from Veniards. The wing is made of black fox highlighted with silver flash. The body is half silver, half black with a silver oval tinsel and rib. Both tail and wing are super-glued in place, as is the tinsel body.The yellow and orange head hackles come from a Whiting 4B Hen cape. The head is finished with Uni 8/0 Fire Orange thread, superglued and varnished.

And the name of the picture? Well, the Russian Atlantic Fleet was historically based in Murmansk, the main entry airport for the Kola Peninsula. And with so many Atlantic Salmon there - you will need a Fleet of Cascades! When you train as a fly tyer, one thing that is drummed into you is consistency - the exams stress this, requiring you to be able to produce identical copies of a number of flies - it's harder than you'd think. I hope the Russian Atlantic Fleet is suitably identical!

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