Alaska locals..... What are you using on the Russian? The "Russian Flies" that are sold in the stores are junk due to long shank and quick dulling. I am wanting to build something on my own. I know that some people are having great success by choosing to use a size 4 Octopus hook with a little yarn however, the Gamakatsu Size 4 which has the required 3/8" gap seems a little light. What about using a little bigger Octopus hook and bending it to 3/8"?
What are your thoughts about a "Tube Fly" on the Russian". According to the definition of a "Fly" in the regs, it sounds that it would be legal.