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
I’ve been tying poppers with Flymen Fishing Co . Surface Seaducer foam popper heads for a while and really enjoyed the results so far. The newest product from the line is a baitfish inspired head designed for bigger articulated minnow patterns.
“The Howitzer is a next-generation soft foam popper head that provides new options for tying articulated baitfish poppers. The Howitzer imitates the head of a small baitfish that is splashing and sipping at the surface of the water. It’s designed with a deep recess at the back of the head so that an articulated body and tail of a minnow can be embedded seamlessly into the back of the head. As a result, the body of the minnow hangs down in the water (roughly at a 45-degree angle) and moves enticingly in a position that can be seen by predatory fish from a long distance and offers them an irresistible profile and an easy opportunity for a meal!”
Here is a simple articulated Howitzer Bustin’ Baitfish pattern from Flymen below which gives you a nice look at how the heads fit onto the hook and how they work with body wrapped materials.
If you would like to try it out for yourself or would like some more information, visit the product page on the Flymen Fishing Co. website.