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The Sunray Shadow Story

The Sunray Shadow story

Sunray Shadow Story

Read the fascinating story about late British salmon angler Mr. Raymond  Brooks and how he through ingenuity and dedication to salmon fly fishing came to make the most famous tube fly in the world – Read how to fish with it and get inspiration to try long-winged flies this summer

Broos Sunray Shadow flies tied with hair from monkeyThe Sunray Shadow story

The Sunray Shadow or Brooks Sunray Shadow originally designed by late British salmon angler Mr. Raymond Brooks (Ray Brooks)

In the early 60´s Ray traveled through Norway to find the perfect salmon river. He did so with his wife Margit. their favorite river became the Lærdal River that runs to the Sognefjord. A river that had a historic run of big Atlantic salmon and a sea-trout.

Ray and Margit held the lease for the lærdal (Laerdal) River from 1966 until the mid 90´s when this and other rivers in the region saw a devastating outbreak and infestation of the salmon parasite Gyrodactylus salaris

The Lærdal River is gin clear and of medium size. It is in these fabulous surroundings that Ray Brooks creates the Sunray Shadow fly.  The first fly was done in the early 60´s – and the Sunray tube fly soon proved so good that Ray and Margit started a production of the fly.

The flies were tied on tubes designed exclusively for the purpose, consisting of a inner and outer tube, allowing a tube fly hook to rest in the back-end of the tube.  Hair from monkey was used in the design of the wing. Initially the monkey hair came out of a carpet that a fellow angler had in his living room. Later Ray made a registered pattern on the fly that he named: The Sunray Shadow.

The Sunray fly was tied commercially for the Brooks family by Danish company Lawcock and later with fly tiers in Singapore.

Big salmon tube fly sunray shadow

The Sunray Shadow once tied with hair from monkey – Today anglers will substitute monkey hair with material like goat. Sunray Shadow shown on photo tied with Kashmir goat dyed black – Numerous + 20 kilo salmon has been caught on the Sunray Shadow

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Sunray shadow tube flySee our big page on the subject long-wing flies. Sunray Shadow – Collie Dog fly


Jesper Fohrmann

Jesper is chief designer and fly tier at Fishmadman - He also does most of our writing on the Fishmadman pages and Newsletter

Top water fishing is his sport and as an outdoor writer he has been writing articles on this subject in magazines and books in Europa and North America sins the early 80´s.

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