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
Here is another great wallpaper from the Fly Tyer’s Canvas at Fly Fusion Magazine. This is a beautiful fly twisted up by BC’s Adrienne Comeau. This is total eye/trout/fly candy with some great combination of color and west coast style. You can click the links below to download a desktop wallpaper for your machine.
Here is a pretty sweet looking Steelie fly from the west coast. Grizzly hackle just finishes off a Steelhead fly nicely and the rhea on this one makes for a wispy fly ready to get in the steelie’s face and piss them off. Rhea is nice, but at 15-20 buck a stem, you’ll want to invest in scuba gear to retrieve snagged flies. Tied to a tune I haven’t heard in like 20 years…. Bang on!