Last year at the height of the hot Kola summer a completely meaningless tragedy hit all Umba lovers like unwarned lightning. While setting up a youth Summer camp near the White Sea Umba head guide and master fish carver, Nick Podolsky and his friend Sergei Malashenko were gunned down by a local maniac.
Nobody knew the great Umba River better than Nick and we at Salmon Junkies lost a great man and an irreplaceable friend. Not a single day are passing without missing him.
As I checked my salmon fly boxes earlier last winter, a special fly materialized in a corner of one of the boxes, namely Nick’s own elegantly simplified version of the good old classic Silver Doctor, which he gave to me many years ago.
I remember I got some nice fish on that fly the following years and in case some of our guests want to tie the fly and give it a swim during the new season I give the pattern here in detail. Let’s name it NICK´S SILVER DOCTOR
NICK’S SILVER DOCTOR
- Hook: long shank doubles or singles size 12-4
- Thread: Red
- Tag: Oval silver tinsel
- Butt: Red floss
- Tail: Small bunch of yellow polar fox
- Body: Flat silver tinsel
- Rib: Oval silver tinsel
- Wing: Small bunches of red under yellow under blue polar fox with a nice barred teal feather tied flat over the hair
- Head: Red varnish
A big thanks to Camp Manager Orla Bertram Nielsen for sharing Nick´s Silver Doc. with all our readers