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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The pink popsicle is one of a series of Alaskabou flies developed by angler George Cook. I’ve been tying and catching loads of great lakes salmon and steelhead on a series of Alaskabou flies for the better part of a decade now. Simple flies are always on my list, and the Alaskabou is one that fits that description. Just a little bit of flash, mylar and marabou, but it’s an effective combination. The feathers are tied in so the wet fly still has a nice teardrop shape when it gets pulled through the water. The marabou has a ton of movement in the water, and just a hint of the pearl flash helps to attract the right kind of attention.
The Popsicle version of the Alaskabou is likely the best known of the series with the pink and red version competing for the top spot. A couple of the other popular named colours are Pixie’s Revenge, Showgirl, Chum Candy, Volcano and the Candy Cane. The combinations are endless, just swap out the marabou colour of your choice and viola, you have a new custom fly to try out.
In this version, marabou is used at each stage, but some patterns will call for the first two wings being tied with marabou and the front being a schlappen feather.Have some fun with it, and try out some unusual combinations.
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Alaskabou – Popsicle (George Cook)
Hook: Salmon / Steelhead iron Tiemco 7999, Mustad SL73UBLN
Thread: 6/0 Fire orange
Body: #10 UNI-Mylar silver
First Wing: Orange marabou wrapped
2nd Wing: Pink marabou wrapped
Flash: Pearl crystal flash 3-4 strands
Top Wing: Purple marabou wrapped
Head: Thread with head cement
I just recieved an email from HMH with a great cache of patterns and tutorials done by pro-staffer Marty Howard. There are 55 tutorials available, enough to keep you busy for some time, filling up your steelhead and salmon fly boxes.
My apologies for the long absence. I’ve had some medical issues lately and decided to take a break from posting while I was recovering. Lots of great stuff in the can though.