Fly Tying Fridays

#8 Variations of Sunray Shadow

I think most salmon anglers has a couple of Sunrays in their fly box, or have at least heard of the pattern! I remember in the beginning of my salmon journey, I was really enjoying tying all those different patterns but when it came to the Sunray I just refused.. Stupid, yes I know! But for me at that time the Sunray was “to easy” and how could this fly be so great when it’s THAT simple? Year passed by and after a while I could not longer ignore the power of the Sunray. Its mostly thought of as a evening fly or a fly to use in the darkness due to its length and big profile. But as many know it works just as good during daylight and for any high water or big fly conditions. I have had some of my best aktion with a Sunray, using it during daylight with heavy sinking lines. Fishing it with a sinking line can really do the trick as it just hover in the water.

The original Sunray Shadow was invented by no other than Raymond Brooks, he designed it for the conditions of the big and rapid rivers of Norway, his favorite Norwegian river was Laerdal that runs towards Sognefjord. In the original pattern, Brooks used squirrel, peacock hearl and black hair from Monkey. Over the years a lot of different materials has been used and the most frequently used in later days is white bucktail and black goat hair. You can also use polar bear, fox hair, or mix it around as well. When you are tying flies that is longer than 7cm it is important the you do combine stiffer hairs with soft hairs and that the total wing is mainly made with stiffer hair than a modern “Scandi tube”. If you use hair that is to soft you might risk getting the hair tangled in the hook, due to the fact that it will collapse in stronger current. 

I have made them over the years in many different variations and colors. Mainly I do make it pretty “classic” with bucktail or polar bear as the first wing and then the perfect selected fox hair. I also use Goat from time to time, especially on flies larger than 10cm. Even though it is mainly thought of as a “large fly” you can make them in various sizes. The smallest I have made and fished with success is as small as 2-3cm in total wing length! But, in most cases I have Sunrays in 2-3 sizes, something around 5-6cm, 9-10cm and the larger ones between 12-14cm. In this  episode I will also show you one of my “pimped up” versions using US tube and a little bit more color.

Over the years the Sunray has given me several memorable catches, inside and outside of Scandinavia for both salmon and sea trout. Exciting evenings when large salmon brakes the surface as it charges after the big fly close to the surface, or aggressive takes in a normal swing during day light. But for me the best memory is from Argentina when I caught my largest sea running brown trout. We where more or less done day and darkness was hitting the river. I went for a last few casts and got that 12-13cm Sunray out in the river. As I started to retrieve the surface exploded as a 10 kilo trout literally wanted to kill my fly. This fish and evening will for ever be in printed in my mind.

Material for 10 Variations of Sunray Shadow flies HERE!

Tying description of 3 variations

The “Simple one”

Tube: Clear 3,0mm 
Thread: Black
Wing: TSD Supreme Fox hair Black

The “Original one”

Tube: Clear 3,0mm 
Thread: Black
Wing 1: Buck tail White
Flash: TSD Angel hair SW Silver pearl
Wing 2: TSD Supreme Fox hair Black or Goat hair Black

The “Pimped one”

Tube: Clear 1,8mm + TSD US tube Silver 10mm
Thread: Black
Braid: TSD Pearl flat braid Green
Wing 1: Buck tail Chartreuse
Flash: TSD Angel hair SW Silver pearl
Wing: TSD Supreme Fox hair Black


Our last fly auction for Hjärnfonden, the auction ended up in 500 SEK on these 3 awesome Sunray Shadow variations that Tellis tied LIVE and was donated to BarnHjärnfonden.
We thank Stefan Enevoldsen, the owner of FiskeShopen Mörrum,
for his generous donation and we hope these flies will give him great luck in 2021!

This was the last week with Hjärnfonden Children and we ended up with a total of 3.025 SEK in donations!
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When we work together, we are so much stronger!
We are so grateful for your participation and generosity.

The New Update of LIVE Fly Tying Fridays!

1. Post your fly on the LIVE event video in a comment!

After the LIVE each Friday, those who post their flies tied that night (until midnight) have the opportunity to win ALL flies that will and have been tied on LIVE Fly Tying Fridays with Tellis Katsogiannos, me! That is 18 flies in total… not sure the worth of them but they will be specially tied for that winner that will be chosen after we have finished the last night!
(More details later)
The winner will be randomly picked!

2. Send me your flies! 

Those who are willing to send me flies for the last nights auction (29. februari) are more than welcome to do so and we (me and Elsa) are encouraging YOU to both contribute to the environment (see further details below) AND help someone catch a nice salmon! If you would like to donate, please take contact to 

We have received these beautiful flies so far… 

Elsa Antheia, the BossLady of Tellis Flugfiske will also contribute 3 salmon flies!
We are hoping for fun and great auction night, supporting great organization along with great YOUR great support!

All flies that are sent, we will sort and form some kind of packages for the final night auction… then everyone can bid on YOUR flies!
Contributing to Fiskevårdsnätverket Göteborg like we usually do each year in February, with Havsöringens dag.

As can be seen on Fiskevårdsnätverket Göteborg´s website, that yearly support matters greatly and we have together managed to collect around 50.000 SEK for the organisation the past few years. THAT IS A LOT OF MONEY!

If there is someone who wants to contribute to the auction in any way, to support the organisation, can contact me at

Since we don´t have the option to meet up, enjoy each others company, we might as well try to do some fun online fly tying with friends and family members.

Personal Best Sea trout (10 kilos) caught with Sunray Shadow!


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