As you may have heard, I’m taking on a streamer project set to begin in January 1, 2012 called streamers 365. I’ve started up a facebook page to help communicate updates and share some photos. I’ve also decided to give away a few streamers over the coming months to mark some of the milestones we hit in terms of the number of “likes” the page receives.
Our next fly to be given away is the Judge, a Carrie Stevens pattern. You can visit Streamers 365 on Facebook and like the page for your chance to own the streamer. Good luck!
The Alaskabou like many fly patterns has evolved from other successful fly patterns. The Alaskabou has been credited to George Cook whom used his selection of colour combinations to pursue Alaskan steelhead and salmon. George added Flashabou to increase the amount of attraction in the Marabou Spider. In the 1970’s Skagit River Steelhead guide Joe Butorac was credited with creating Marabou Spiders. Basically, the Marabou Spiders were palmered marabou without the benefit of Krystal Flash or Flashabou. Over the years, the pattern has evolved to be tied with or with out bodies, palmered and unpalmered marabou, with and without flash and some are tied completely with marabou while others employ mallard or schlappen collars.
The following pattern demonstrated is the pattern I use to tie my Alaskabou style marabou flies. The fly is simple, and once you have selected the proper materials, it is a breeze to tie. Although the Alaskabou was tied with Flashabou, I do substitute Krystal Flash. The Show Girl is a pink and purple combination popularized by George Cook. The Show Girl is popular for targeting west coast salmon and steelhead. Some of the other names you may have heard associated with Alaskabou are Candy Cane, Chum Candy, Flesh, Blue Moon, Pixie’s Revenge, Manhattan Beach and Popsicle to name a few. In a follow up article, I will post images of a number of Alaskabou colour schemes and recipes.
The Steelhead Hammer has had notable success targeting steelhead in British Columbia, as well as the Great Lakes tributaries. It is an effective pattern that can easily be changed with the season by varying the colour choices. Purple and blue seem to be better colours for winter use while pinks and reds tend to dominate in the spring and summer. Many Steelheaders have come to know the Hammer as their Go-To fly, and always keep extras in their box in a range of colours. The versatility of this fly has also allowed it to be an excellent choice for salmon and trout species. On a recent trip to Alberta, even a willing Arctic Grayling was found. I keep a selection of Hammers in my fly box, and you should consider it as well.