Old school here, I have lead strand that I was using in the early 1970's to weigh nymphs as I learned that style fishing. They have 6 turns of some old Sunrise India lead on themVery nice - especially the bottom one, but they will all swim beautifully.
Did you use lead wire wraps - I think not?
Thanks for your insights. I really enjoy watching your tyings.Hi Guys
To clear a bit about history and tying the Strömsö:
When I first tied this pattern, I was asked to tie punch of tube flies with Monkey wing for fishing rivers, which have lightly coloured water. I had the Wiilie Gunnish color set up on my mind. I made first two versions and they looked so good, that I decide to leave them to my own use.
I tied for the customer copies of those and sent them. This happened on spring.
Few weeks later the guy who had my flies sent message to me, that he had land some good fish with those flies.
Few weeks later in June, I headed to Northern-Norway to fish the Tana, Lakselv and Alta. At first evening on Tana I lost the good salmon from the new pattern and next day I land one.
Few days later I lost one in Lakselv and later on that week on Alta I had some action with it.
I started to think, that maybe it can be a good weapon for the salmon.
Later on same summer I land 40 pounder with the Strömsö and since then we have used this fly with good success. For example Antti, very good friend of mine, the Editor of CSM, have use it a lot and landed many good fish with it.
I have never been such a fan to use Coneheads. I use them in flies with TD wing , but hardly never flies with the Monkey wing. My opinion is, that Monkey winged fly with no hackle does not need the weight. On Strömsö the wing is mixed with PB, Fox and Monkey. I wrap few rounds of lead wire just to have bit better balance, especially if I have longer bodied tube. Now a days I tie it with quite short body, so maybe the Leadwire is not that important anymore…but I use it, cause the first version had it also.
Few words about the tying.
I leave the stems of PB and Fox, because I have noticed that larger tube and stems helps me to place the Monkey better. Monkey is really stiff and slippery material if compared for example TD. With other materials I normally cut the stems off after the placing the material, but I just feel, that the Monkey wing place better when I tie it with leaving the stems. Heads of the flies like these are maybe not that beautiful, but salmon dont give a **** about the heads..
Here’s SBS article for it. https://silverdream.me/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/pk0213_stromso.pdf
It is made for the Finnish magazine years ago, but maybe it helps a bit more with tying.
Sometimes I tie the JC´s better side down, like in here, cause I think fish should see them better from their view…
Stay safe and healthy.