Egg Sucking Ice Tiger

The Egg Sucking Ice Tiger is a fly that can be tied either on a standard hook or on a leashed shank fly. In this case, the fly was tied with a clipped shank and a wire leash. The pattern is essentially an egg sucking leach, but it is tied with a cool blue barred rabbit zonker and some icey marabou. While this fly is tied for steelhead, I think it would also be a great fly to target pike, bass and tarpon.

If you don’t have a tube vise to hold the shank, you can just use the regular vise jaws, but just be careful not to put too much pressure on the hook. Another alternative for shanks would be the OPST Shank Chuck Tool.
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Egg Sucking Ice Tiger

Shank: 30mm shank or #2-2/0 hook
Bead: 1/4” Fl. Fire Orange cone
Thread: Fire Orange 6/0 (140 d)
Leash: 20lb braided intruder wire
Tail: Two-tone white/blue barred zonker
Collars: Black and dark blue marabou
Flash: Junebug Flashabou 15 strands
Wing: White bucktail
Collar: Silver Dr. Blue schlappen

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Orange Popsicle Salmon and Steelhead Streamer Fly

You may be familiar with George Cook’s famous Alaskabou Popsicle, this Orange Popsicle is a hairwing fly pattern for steelhead and salmon from BC fly tyer Bill Luscombe. The original pattern calls for the use of mallard in the tail and throat, but I think this fly would be well served with a stronger barred feather like teal or gadwall flank. The body is dubbed using tri-lobal STS dubbing which gives the fly a ton of reflective surfaces in the water. If you have seal dubbing at your disposal, it would also work quite well for this fly, but is not legal or easy to obtain in every country. Canadians have access to polar bear hair and seal fur for the time being, but more other countries prohibit these natural materials.

Orange Popsicle Fly Recipe

Hook: Tiemco 7999 #2-8 (http://amzn.to/2ix4AVX)
Thread: Fire Orange 6/0 (140 d)
Tail: Mallard flank
Rib: UNI-Mylar silver #12
Body: STS Dubbing hot orange (http://amzn.to/2y3hGR9)
Wing: White bucktail
Collar: Mallard flank

This pattern comes from A Compendium of Canadian Fly Patterns by Robert H. Jones (Author),‎ Paul C. Marriner (Author) page 82 http://galesendpress.com
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Tom Nixon’s Calcasieu Pig Boat Bass Fly

The Calcasieu Pig Boat (Show Boat Version) is a fly designed by the late Cajun fly designer Tom Nixon. Nixon was known for his bass flies and for his books on the subject. (http://amzn.to/2yE4rr4 Fly Tying and Fly Fishing for Bass and Panfish)

The Calcasieu Pig Boat gets its name by combining the name of Tom’s home waters in Louisiana with the moniker given to the German submarines during WWII. Like the subs, the Pig Boat has proven to be a deadly and stealthy adversary to the warm water targets.

The fly was designed to act like the popular Hawaiian Wiggler lure which was doing quite well with bass anglers.

The original fly was tied without the tail section and in all black. Tom was not a purist and was know to add a pork rind on the hook.

Other versions include the Showboat (rubber legs tail), Serpent (saddle hackle), rabbit and marabou.

There is an excellent article in the Autumn 2004 Fly Tyer magazine which dives a little deeper into the history of the fly.

Calcasieu Pig Boat fly pattern recipe

Hook: Talon DV314 (Bass Stinger)or B10S http://amzn.to/2yCUudF
Thread: Black FWN (210 d)
Tail: White silicone skirt tab (half)
Hackle: Olive grizzly neck
Body: Olive crystal chenille
Collar: Olive silicone skirt tab (half)
Head: Black thread
Eyes: Painted white/black or stick-on

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